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10 of the best apps for education

By Jenna Zwang, Assistant Editor
January 7th, 2011

As iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches become more integrated in classrooms, educators and students are looking for new ways to apply them to the learning process. Applications on all of these devices can help automate current classroom processes or present new ways to learn that previously had been unexplored.

In this special feature, we’ve assembled a list of education “apps” for Apple devices that we think are noteworthy. Five are free, and the other five range in price from $0.99 to $9.99. What do you think of these apps? And, which apps for Apple devices are you using now that aren’t on our list? Share your thoughts in the comments section of this story.

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10 Responses to “10 of the best apps for education”


Jenna,

This is a great collection of apps. Thanks for sharing!! !!

As the founder of an educational development company I am looking forward to the day when these kinds of apps can regularly be included within learning activities without concern that students will not be able to access them.

Andrew Pass
A Pass Educational Group


Jenna,
As the founder of Stepping Stones Together, an online and printable beginning literacy program for parents to teach their children to read as well as a professor of education research I would love to see a seamless process for creating usable APS for my company’s e-books.
In terms of the products you shared, I believe the E-clicker and the TI-83 calculator are excellent resources for teachers as well as students.
I would not suggest the instant comments ap as many teachers already use a data base of generic comments uploaded to the grade book platform.

Erika Burton, Ph.D.
Stepping Stones Together, Founder
Empowering parental involvement in beginning literacy skills
http://www.steppingstonestogether.com

mathevangelist
January 10, 2011

This is a great list. Isn’t it amazing what mobile devices are doing for education! Imagine where we’ll be in 5 years?

If you’re looking for a fun alternative to flash cards for learning math facts, try Tic Tac Math Universal. Tic Tac Math combines the fun and familiar strategy game of Tic Tac Toe with solving math equations. It’s available in Universal (math facts), fractions and algebra versions. And it uses artificial intelligence to generate random game grids so there is no multiple choice to help the player.

Check it out here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ipmg-publishing/id356838921

elphie23
January 11, 2011

Mystery Me is a great vocabulary builder and Middle School Prep is another. My students don’t mind working on vocabulary when it is game oriented. I also like MySratchWork. This app allows access to internet sites with a notetaking device on the side. Students can take notes on a site then change the site to another without switching screens. All of their notes are in one place. My colleagues and I created a wiki with 9 pages of apps for classroom use. Some are for Health & PE teachers. It can be seen at http://theresanappforthat.wikispaces.com/. Hope this helps.

stockwellapril
January 24, 2011

Really enjoyed the list. However, have to throw in the two apps my company has made:
Video Biology:http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/video-biology/id377011725?mt=8
Video Calculus for the iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/video-calculus/id397996587?mt=8

These are both free and include terrific lectures so you can learn wherever you are. You can purchase monthly access cheaply to get even more lectures. Basically a class in an app. Haven’t seen on like that yet.