There are a lot of apps for education. A lot. For every subject area you could think of there are a lot of apps. For Thing 18, so that we can show you a wide variety of apps, we’re not going to give you a lot of information about the apps, but we’re going to identify a wide variety of them and ask you to dive in. We’re going to show you a mishmash of apps, from all different subject areas, for all different age levels.
We know that for some of you these apps may not fit in your personal or professional life, but we want you to at least try one of the apps to see the types of things that are out there for education.
Blogging for this Thing
Use at least one of these apps and write a blog post about what you think about the app and how you may be able to use it personally or professionally. If you know of another app that would fit under this Thing, tell us about it in your blog, too.
Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research.
Free the trapped monkeys by using your multiplication skills. Bo’s ten monkey friends are in trouble – they are trapped. To free all the monkeys you need determination to master times tables from 2 to 10. 10monkeys Multiplication is a math learning education app aimed for children, and builds up multiplication skills in a fun environment. Available in English, Suomi, Deutsch, and Espanol.
WordNet® is a large lexical database of English with up to 140,000 entries and more than 1.4 million words, developed by the Cognitive Science Laboratory at Princeton University.
Instead of following the standard dictionary format, the WordNet dictionary is organized with an innovative and convenient approach. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms, interlinked by means of conceptual-semantic and lexical relations. In addition to the straightforward definition the dictionary shows how each word is linked to other words in terms of synonyms, opposites and similar words, but also hyponyms and hyperlinks within the group.
artCircles: Apple only
Take a spin through artCircles to discover a world of art images. Look at art by colors, words and themes. Each spin reveals new art that just may surprise you and change the way you see a painting or photograph. Then, curate and share your own gallery. And don’t forget about zooming in. On some pieces of art you can zoom in really closely with great quality. See brushstrokes of famous pieces of art. Great for an art class.
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Apple only
Bill Nye The Science Guy 20th Anniversary App—of Science! Science rules, especially when you grab a seat at The Science Guy’s desk and help yourself to heaping handfuls of science. Just scan your thumb to gain entrance to Nye Labs, the most amazing, scientifically fascinating place on Earth (and possibly beyond!). Full of games, experiments and more to help kids learn about science…and how to tie a bow tie.
B-Rhymes describes itself as being: a rhyming dictionary that’s not stuck up about what does and doesn’t rhyme. It gives you words that sound good together even though they don’t technically rhyme as well as regular rhymes.
Augmented reality technology can sometimes seem like a gimmick, but there’s huge scope for it to be used in fun and educational ways in children’s apps. This falls into the fun category: you print outlines from the colAR website, get your children to colour them in, then point your smartphone’s camera at the paper to turn them into 3D objects. In-app purchases for additional pages to color.
On many “best of” lists, Duolingo is a free app to help you learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. Totally fun. Totally free. Use it by yourself or compete with friends. This would be great help for students trying to learn a different language.
Think you can spot the stealth health food from the gut bomb? Eat This, Not That Game challenges your armchair nutritionist skills with hundreds of fast food face-offs. Test yourself with two exciting game modes and earn your spot on the leaderboard. Boost your score by tuning in to the surprising answers revealed after each question or round, and then take another run at the top or try a new category.
Fooducate is marketed as a weight loss app, but what it does is educate you about food. Scan in a product and find nutrition information and foods that would be better for you. Great way to learn about what’s in the food we eat. There are over 200,000 unique items added to the database and it keeps growing.
Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. Integrated Google Maps Street View allows you to explore the world at street level.
iTranslate can translate words, phrases, and even whole texts into over 50 languages. iTranslate also has voice recognition, so simply speak and see the translation. Translated text can be sent via email, text, and posted to Twitter. This app is a must-have for anyone trying to learn a new language.
Khan Academy: Apple only
This is the official app for Khan Academy, the website that allows you to learn almost anything for free. Get access to Khan Academy’s complete library of over 4,200 videos covering a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.
Khan Academy (unofficial): Android only
There is no official Khan Academy app for Android, but this unofficial one works pretty well. Access many of Khan Academy’s library of videos covering a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.
LIFE for iPad: Apple only
LIFE for iPad is a spectacular experience: LIFE’s legendary photo collection at a never-before-seen resolution. Download the free app to explore LIFE’s vast archives, up-to-the-minute news photos, and special features not available anywhere else.
Read and play along with Little Learners. Little Learners Play and Learn is an engaging, research supported app designed to help babies and toddlers learn early development skills. Perfect for keeping little ones entertained on-the-go; this app is also perfect for use in conjunction with Little Learners books. Some free programs, but in-app purchases to buy more.
There are a lot of calculator apps, and your device may come with some, but have you used the calculator where you can write the equation with your finger or a stylus? MyScript Calculator allows you to write out your equations and it gives you the answer. It’s such an easy way to do quick equations, though it also does pretty advanced ones, too.
Project Noah is an award-winning mobile application that helps nature lovers discover local wildlife and aspiring citizen scientists contribute to current research projects. Noah stands for networked organisms and habitats. Think of Project Noah as a tool people can use to document and learn about their natural surroundings and as a technology platform research groups can use to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers.
Socrative: Apple Teacher & Apple Student / Android Teacher & Android Student
Socrative brings smart clickers, student response and ease of use to a whole new level. Engage the entire classroom with educational exercises and games while capturing student results in real-time. Interact with the data to further student understanding in the moment, and review the reports to prepare for future classes. In order to make this work there is teacher and student app.
Show of Hands is an easy-to-use real-time anonymous polling tool. 100 million votes on poll questions have been featured in places like U.S. Congress, MIT, and national television, and you can now use the powerful SOH engine to ask your own questions. With it, you can get anonymous answers and have instant discussions with your own work teams, friends, fellow hobbyists or fans, classmates, family members, customers.
TED’s official app presents talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends. Find more than 1500 TEDTalk videos and audios (with more added each week) to inspire a class lesson or show to a class.
Today’s Document is an interactive gallery that displays a significant historical document or photo for each day of the year. You can learn what happened on your birthday, search for a document by keyword, or just browse. Featured documents have included the Declaration of Independence and Emancipation Proclamation as well as lesser known documents like the Zimmerman Telegram, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 Farewell address, and a handwritten draft of President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Address.
Quizlet is a great app to help study with flashcards. Create your own flashcards or search through Quizlet’s database of over 21 million user-created flashcards. Pick from 3 mobile-only study modes to suit learning styles and take advantage of audio in 18 languages to reinforce pronunciation and retention.
Official Wikipedia App for iOS. Get easy access to Wikipedia’s more than 20 million articles. Features include the ability to save articles to read later or offline, search articles nearby, share articles, read article in a different language, full text search and more.