Be they teens, tweens, or elementary school kids, today’s tech-savvy students need access to tools that take them beyond the classroom. It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of students from grades 4-12 use tablets for educational purposes, according to The Journal. Though no software can duplicate the experience of learning from a teacher in a classroom setting, these apps are designed to augment a student’s experience. Whether it’s repetition of basic concepts for young students or study aids for junior and senior high school students, these educational apps will help kids extend their learning through a variety of methods.
Elementary School (K-5)
- StudyBlue. Some of the best study habits are formed in elementary school, and StudyBlue brings one of the most tried and true study methods into the current century. StudyBlue allows users to make virtual flashcards with custom front and back content and even features a “test” mode that students can use after they’re done studying. This app is free on the iOS and Android platforms.
Junior High (6th-8th Grade)
- Khan Academy. Khan Academy, which is free on the iOS platform, offers access to more than 4,200 educational videos, ranging from Math and Science to the Humanities, and encourages students to explore different topics to find out what they’re interested in. This is a great tool for middle schoolers who need help figuring out an interesting topic for a report or those who want to learn more about a specific topic.
- Science Glossary. This free iOS app features a massive amount of scientific terms from earth science to life science and is perfect for middle school students dealing with big concepts for the first time. Definitions are presented in an easy-to-read format and include links to more information if the reader wants to keep learning.
High School (9th-12th Grade)
- Wolfram Alpha. This application, currently available on the iOS platform for $2.99, is a natural-language search engine chock full of information on high-level math and science. With topics that include mathematics, statistics and data analysis, physics, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, Earth science, and computational sciences, this is a must-have application for students in high-level classes that need intelligent and responsive homework help.
- Scribd. The public domain is a huge resource, but students aren’t always the best at finding all the content that is currently available for them. Fortunately, Scribd, which is free on the iOS and Android platforms, aggregates both public domain content and shared content from users (including study guides, research papers, and more) and allows users to save, tag, and organize documents into their own personal library.
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