Educational Apps

Whether you have a student who needs to brush up on math, science or reading, chances are there’s an app for it. Since mobile devices and tablets are everywhere these days, apps are an easy way to integrate classroom lessons with technology. Here are a few of apps you can use in your classroom or recommend to students who need a little extra study time at home. You might even want to use a few yourself.

Analogy provides a welcome break from the ABCs and 123s, while still requiring those basic skills. This app features questions that promote the kind of analytical thinking, creativity and memory skills needed placement tests. Makers of the app consulted teachers of talented and gifted students, special ed. teachers and parents to customize the questions for children.

Reading Rainbow is back in app form, and it’s bringing 26 years of reading fun with it. It’s ideal for readers aged three to nine. At $9.99 a month or $29.99 for six months, it’s one of the pricier apps mentioned here but the frequently updated content makes it worthwhile. Comes with 150 books and video “field trips” that tie into the stories. If children need more incentive, they can earn (digital) stickers for reading.

NASA has an app for Android, iPhones and iPads that keeps users up to date on current NASA missions, including tens of thousands of images, live streaming of NASA TV, space station and satellite trackers, videos, a list of Space Station sighting opportunities complete with weather forecasts, and much more. With so much to choose from, it’s perfect for hardcore and casual space enthusiasts.

Free Books features thousands of public domain books which, yes, you can get for free, but are you going to download 23,000+ books individually? That’s how many titles are available with this app. For $1.99 you’ll get everything from Siddhartha to the The Art of War. With classics by Jane Austen, Jules Verne and F. Scott Fitzgerald, this is one both parents and their children can enjoy.

Looking for a new tablet to try out some educational apps in your classroom? Check out our selection of tablets here.

Any educational apps you depend on? Let us know in the comments!