Go Back To School With These Educational Apps
Living in a digital age means, of course, we have several tools with which we can facilitate learning. And in 2014 there are thousands of apps available for this very use. Plenty of games, dictonaries, math tests, and even amalgamations of these are up for grabs to act as aids for both teachers and parents as well as students. Some are even great for adults and teens who simply want to expand their knowledge. We've rounded up an eclectic mix of useful educational apps anyone can make use of, especially with students of all ages headed back to school. The power of learning compels you!
1. Wonders of the Universe
Not enough attention is given to educating young minds about the gorgeous expanse of space we call home. In a world where it seems space exploration may never mature beyond a moon landing, it's important to be well-versed in what we already know as fact. Wonders of the Universe is an excellent app that delivers broad views of multiple galaxies, hundreds of articles, and hours' worth of video that explores space as we know it. There's also a 3-D universe, fully zoomable, that allows investigation up to the sub-atomic level. It's one of the most comprehensive learning apps you'll find, and learning about the universe you call home is never a bad thing.
Download Wonders of the Universe from the App Store.
2. Grammar Up
English is a tricky subject for all students, despite it being the language many of speak on a daily basis. Grammar is especially difficult if it doesn't come naturally to you, so why not spend some time with Grammar Up? It offers over 1,800 questions spanning 20 different grammar categories, all in a bid to help users improve their vocabular and grammar usage -- and possibly test scores. Plenty of practice tests, progress meters, and attractive menu coloring work together to ensure this is one app that deserves a spot on your device.
Download Grammar Up from the App Store.
3. Math Ninja HD
Combining engaging gameplay with education is the hallmark of an excellent tool for teaching children, and Math Ninja HD does just this. An evil tomato and his robotic army are invading your treehouse, and you, the math-powered ninja need to keep them out. Choose between smoke bombs, magic, or even shuriken to fend off the advancing hordes, and answer math equations to stave them off! Math problems are customizable and offer varying levels of difficulty to cater to younger and older players.
Download Math Ninja HD from the App Store.
4. PBS Parents Play & Learn HD
PBS knows that for young children playing on their own tablet, adult supervision is necessary. So why not cater to both parent and child? The free PBS Parents Play & Learn HD app is aimed at a considerably younger audience than some of the other apps on our list, but it's a fantastic choice for eager learners. It's a bilingual program that offers 13 interactive games, 52 activities, a sticker area, and parent notes that offer insight into the skills found in the game, perfect for creating other teachable moments in everyday life. Plus, it's a great-looking piece of software.
Download PBS Parents Play & Learn HD from the App Store.
5. Stack the States
This geography quiz game tosses out questions about where specific U.S. states are, and asks players to drag them to the correct location on the map. In another game mode, players stack states above a specific line to reach a prize. It's an addictive quiz game that even older players will find themselves getting into. And if you master the United States, you can move on to the app's cousin, Stack the Countries for a bigger challenge.
Download Stack the States from the App Store.