31 Amazing Educational Apps and Learning Tools

Leanne

January 09, 2018

Educational apps and interactive learning tools are some of the best ways to engage students and help make procrastination a thing of the past. Offering an alternative look into academic concepts and breaking them down into more manageable sections, educational apps and tools make learning all the more enjoyable.

It’s no secret that we take in information better when we’re actually engaging with it, and that’s exactly what these resources help students to do!

Whilst textbooks will always have their place, educational apps provide valuable learning tools on the go, helping to keep students’ minds active even when they’re out of the classroom. Likewise, these resources present tutors with a number of new ways to approach teaching and measure student success.



Here are links to each tool, or scroll straight past to browse the entire list.



Educational Apps and Tools for All Subjects




Educational Apps and Tools for STEM Subjects




Educational Apps and Tools for English




Educational Apps and Tools for Languages




Educational Apps and Tools for Music



Other Educational Apps and Tools



Here, we go through some of our favourite educational tools and explain what makes each so useful. There’s something for everyone in this list, whichever subject and whatever level.



Prodigy


Prodigy maths tool

Prodigy is a free maths game with a difference. With content catering to students from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 3, Prodigy helps children develop essential maths skills through a range of fun games. Including a diagnostic test to ensure students are placed in the right grade, the site caters content to the specific needs of the learner, helping ensure that each student can work at their own speed.

However, what makes Prodigy such a useful learning tool is the real time reporting it offers, allowing teachers and parents to see where students are improving and what might need some extra work. In addition to simply being a more interesting way to approach learning, the site helps to prepare students for standardised testing in an engaging and less intimidating way.
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BioInteractive


BioInteractive biology tool

Your go-to for all things Biology related, BioInteractive is crammed full of a selection of resources, from educational apps and animations to short films and virtual labs. With content targeted at high schoolers and undergraduates, BioInteractive applies interactive learning to a higher level. Watch lectures from top innovators and scientists, learn about a new biological concept  in one of their short films or get stuck in at the virtual labs where you’ll need to use data to analyse your findings.

Likewise, if you’re a tutor, you can find a range of classroom resources and teaching guides from other tutors to help give you some inspiration. With contributors including award-winning scientists and lecturers, you’d be hard pushed to find a more engaging and exciting science resource.
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Galactic Genius with Astro Cat


Astro Cat educational app

Flex those mental muscles with the beautifully designed educational app Galactic Genius with Astro Cat. Aimed at 6 - 11 year olds, this app makes learning fun by inviting users to tackle a number of puzzle games requiring logic, speed, memory and concentration.

With 50 levels of increasing difficulty, continue to challenge yourself, all the while having fun as you earn points and climb the ranks of newbie to solar general. Keep your brain active with this vibrant app which makes developing new skills easy and enjoyable.
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Cite It In


Cite It In learning tool

Every student who’s ever had to write an essay is familiar with the nightmare that is citations. After working your way through a 2,000 word essay the last thing you want to be worrying about is getting your bibliography right, especially when your time could be better spent doing some last minute editing.

With different rules according to different sources and style guides, it can be frustrating when you do come to having to sort out your citations. Well, no more. Cite It In is a nifty little tool that makes the dread of this task a thing of the past! Simply input your source details in the website and it will generate the correct citation according to your selected style guide, whether it’s APA, MLA or Chicago. If only essay writing was as simple.
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Piano


Piano

Gismart’s Piano provides all the functionalities of a normal electric keyboard and much more. Allowing users to switch between nine octaves, set a dual keyboard and push the forte pedal to achieve more distinctive sounds, the app includes a full 88 key piano keyboard.

Beyond this, Piano offers a selection of mini games and free piano songs, with the simulator app also including nine different piano keyboards and instruments like electric guitar, harp and vintage piano. What’s more, Piano includes a record feature to allow aspiring pianists to record and share their own playing with others.

Piano helps users learn chords and how to read music sheets for entirely free, helping to develop transferable knowledge for playing a real instrument. Download the app and start playing piano today without any need for lessons.
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Fun Spanish


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With 70 activities and 200 words, Fun Spanish provides the perfect foundation for 3-10 year olds to learn Spanish language skills. Through listening, speaking, reading and spelling tasks, this fantastic educational app equips its users with the tools to develop their understanding of words, expressions and pronunciation.

Bringing together a structured language course and entertaining games, Fun Spanish certainly lives up to its name. Solidifying learners’ knowledge through reviewing core vocabulary in different scenarios, the app teaches its players valuable and applicable language skills.

Mateo Solares, CEO of StudyCat:

"Fun Spanish has been created by a team of multilingual teachers, many of whom have had the experience of learning Spanish as a second language. As teachers, we have seen first-hand how kids acquire language skills more efficiently when learning becomes a game. We designed the activities to be entertaining and challenging. Kids play, become immersed, learn at their own pace and gain confidence."

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DIY Sun Science


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DIY Sun Science is an in-depth, free educational app inspiring children to learn more about the sun and its processes. Covering a broad variety of topics including solar convection, solar flares and solar storms, the app encourages users to take a hands on approach to learning, providing 13 activities to help young astronomers develop their knowledge.

Alongside detailed activities with clear user instructions and material lists, the app also hosts a wide selection of images and videos of the sun from a number of observatories across the globe and even in space. Better still, you can head to the app’s built in sun observatory to see how the sun looks right now in different wavelengths, with live images straight from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in space! Download the app and see for yourself.

Darrell Porcello, project director of the DIY Sun Science app at University of California, Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science:

"This app would not have been possible without the support of NASA's Science Mission Directorate and the hard work of NASA scientists who built, launched, and manage the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Our hope with the app is that families get outside together and do these science activities to explore the amazing ways our planet is connected to the sun."

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Anytune


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Describing itself as a slower downer app, Anytune is a valuable tool for helping musicians maximise the value of their rehearsal time, allowing them to start their practise slower before building up. Get comfortable with notes as you practise by learning at your pace and adjusting the tempo without impacting pitch.

Anytune includes a number of useful features like visualisation of music to allow users to find specific parts of songs quickly and easily, as well as folders for organising different songs into playlists and set lists. With the ability to import audio from videos, play songs from your music library and mark and loop sections of songs for practising, Anytune has thought of everything when it comes to helping musicians make the most of their training time.
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Brilliant


Brilliant STEM tool

Brilliant is the educational app that turns Maths and Science concepts into bite-sized chunks of learning. Offering a selection of fun yet challenging problems, the app offers learning in everything from Algebra and Chemistry to Computer Science and Quantitative Finance.

With guided problems, quizzes and puzzles, Brilliant encourages you to take a fresh approach to learning valuable and applicable Maths and Science skills in an exciting way. Develop your critical thinking skills and expose yourself to more advanced problem solving with short, engaging sequences of problems. You can also benefit from Brilliant’s network of learners across the globe, with the community contributing curated challenges each week. Available on iOS, Android and online, Brilliant is just what it says it is - brilliant.
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Twinkl


Twinkl learning tool

Lacking inspiration for a lesson plan? In need of some revision work? Look no further. A learning tool for tutors and students alike, Twinkl is an online resource hub full of useful study packs, worksheets, learning games and activities. Housing some of the best original, teacher made materials, the site offers content for both primary and secondary level students.

Simply sign up and start benefitting from the some of the most trusted teaching resources. With specific content for tutors, parents and homeschoolers, there really is something for everyone on Twinkl. The site offers a broad range of resources covering everything from statistics to ideas educational days out. Get learning!
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MathLand




Available on both Android and iOS, MathLand is a free educational app packed with adventure and learning alike. It’s down to you to solve a series of fun maths games in order to help pirate Ray win back the stolen sacred gems.

You’ll have to navigate your way through rough seas and new islands, all the while learning essential maths skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and negative numbers. Combining arithmetic with adventure, take a new approach to learning in MathLand, all the while dodging obstacles and traps to help you complete the game and achieve maths success.
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Mrs Wordsmith


MrsWordsmith

Mrs Wordsmith is a refreshingly innovative learning tool designed to help students develop a stronger vocabulary. Fusing data science with creative flair, Mrs Wordsmith draws together the 10,000 most academically relevant words and brings them to life through wonderfully bright and evocative illustrations by the artists behind Madagascar.

Hilarious illustrations make learning useful phrases fun, engaging and memorable. Through a structured series of vocab sets and narrative journeys, Mrs Wordsmith equips learners with valuable tools to help them nurture both their lexicon and critical thinking. Learning is divided into 6 month packages to help break down word bundles into more manageable chunks, with each monthly package complete with daily worksheets, word pair cards and binders to allow children to work through these sets in minutes each day. Try it out for yourself and embark upon your own narrative journey!
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Spanish English Dictionary


Spanish English Dictionary

Available on Android and iOS, VidaLingua’s Spanish English Dictionary turns your device into a comprehensive bilingual dictionary. Entirely free to use, the educational app features 466,000 offline word entries to help you navigate your way through Spanish.

The great thing about this app is that it works offline, making it an especially useful tool for those in need of some language help when abroad and on the go. Including a phrasebook with over 20 categories for different real life scenarios like conversation, asking for directions and making friends, Spanish English Vocabulary also features conjugations of 6,419 verbs, with dictionary entries featuring translations, examples of use, parts of speech and gender. With flashcards and multiple choice vocabulary quizzes to top it all off, the educational app is your one stop for Spanish vocab on the move.
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The Human Body


The Human Body Science app

Get to grips with your insides using The Human Body app. Providing facts, tips and prompts, this educational app helps its users learn more about eight of the body’s systems: nervous, digestive, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, urogenital, circulatory and immune.

A fantastic way to ease children into developing an understanding of biological science, The Human Body invites users to explore an interactive diagram of the body. Learners can select different actions like smelling flowers, being bitten by a mosquito and even being tickled! In this way children are given a look into how the body works and why we respond to different stimulus in different ways. Created for kids aged 4+, this app will thrill those far beyond these years.
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Quizlet


Quizlet learning tool

There’s a good chance that you’ve already heard of this next educational app, and it’s for good reason! Quizlet is one of the most extensive online resources for learning about absolutely anything. With over 200 million study sets available as a mobile app and online, you’re bound to find something to boost your revision efforts at Quizlet.

Completely free to join, you can use Quizlet to study existing revision sets made by other students or create your own fully customised study sets. The mobile and web app also allows you to share revisions sets with friends and fellow students, innovating group revision. Brush up on vocab for a French oral or memorise facts for a History exam - the possibilities are endless with the sheer number of resources available on Quizlet.
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Alison


Alison learning tool

With over 1000 entirely free courses on offer, Alison is one of the best online learning tools around. The site offers certificate and diploma level courses in everything from Science and Maths to Marketing and Lifestyle.

Through bespoke and engaging tutorials, Alison equips its users with resources to help them develop in both their studies and career progression. Each course is packed with unique features to ensure students come away with a comprehensive understanding of key subject areas. The especially great thing about Alison is the sheer range of online courses on offer, making it a valuable tool for learners of all ages, from junior right up to university level and beyond.
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Zap Zap Fractions


Zap-Zap-Fractions

Working with fractions has never been more fun than it is with Zap Zap Fractions! Combining learning with gaming, the interactive app helps users learn the basics of fractions in an engaging and accessible way. Using bright visuals to guide learners through understanding fractions and equivalent fractions, the app takes users through visual lessons, guided practises and finally game challenges.

Making learning fun, the app develops learners’ understanding of vital maths concepts, with players answering questions to help build their spaceship and allow them to navigate their way through the galaxy. With this fantastic educational app, fractions need no longer be an out of this world concept!
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MosaLingua


Mosa Lingua


MosaLingua offers a host of fantastic free language apps covering everything from French and Spanish to Italian to Russian. Their educational apps equip learners with the most relevant and useful vocabulary to help them master the essentials of any language.

Featuring methods based on consolidation techniques like SRS and active recall, MosaLingua uses scientific research to produce an engaging study plan that will yield results. Each language app includes flashcards of useful phrases, audio pronunciation clips from native speakers, different dialogues to introduce learners to common interactions from daily life, essential grammar information and handy tips to help learners develop their language skills more efficiently. With coaching throughout the process, MosaLingua apps truly provide all the tools necessary for getting to grips with a new language.
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Stop, Breathe & Think


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Mindfulness is integral to ensuring that you’re feeling the best you can. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed dealing with the stress of school or exams, or struggling with general anxiety, Stop, Breathe & Think encourages its users to check-in on their emotions and reset.

With more than 30 free activities covering meditation, breathing, yoga and accupressure, the app helps users track users’ mental, physical and emotional wellbeing before proposing particular meditations based on the user’s answers. With tailored suggestions to promote and encourage peacefulness and positivity, Stop, Breathe & Think provides a simple to use format for getting to grips with mindfulness and a much needed reminder that taking a moment to pause from working is necessary. Not only will your mental health be better off for using the app, but you’ll also likely be much more productive when you come back to your work.
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Synonyms Dictionary


Synonyms Dictionary

Essay writing can be difficult at the best of times, and after a long day in the library it can be easy to find yourself repeating the same words over and over in your writing. However, repetition of the same few phrases doesn’t make for a great essay. The solution? Synonyms Dictionary.

A thesaurus of over 167,000 terms, the Synonyms Dictionary app provides a number of useful alternative phrases to help you enhance your writing. Find definitions and examples, and adjust your search according to word start or exact match. Give your vocabulary a boost, with Synonyms Dictionary providing different English synonyms and definitions for a range of nouns, verbs and adjectives. In addition to being completely free to use, the app also works offline, meaning that students can use it without eating into their data!
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Canva


Canva art app

One for the creatives and visual learners, Canva is a free and easy to use graphic design tool. With a simple drag and drop feature, pre-made layouts and access to over 1 million photos, graphics and fonts, Canva is the perfect tool for creating stand-out revision posters, school presentations, project pages or simply getting your creativity flowing.

Make your revision notes more memorable and beautify your learning with Canva. Offering a breadth of tools in one simple interface, creating professional designs has never been simpler. And, with Canva now offering an iPhone app, there’s no excuse for not making the most of this fantastic design tool.
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Mathemagics


Mathemagics Maths app

Mathemagics is one of the best educational apps on offer. With several versions of the app covering different topics like algebra, geometry and mental maths, our personal favourite is Mathemagics Mental Maths Tricks.

Helping students master their multiplication, division and squaring skills, the app challenges learners to work their way through a selection of mental maths problems. Users are trained to break down problems into smaller parts, allowing them to find solutions faster and more accurately! Activate your brain with this fun tool and see how quickly you can progress through the levels.
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tabs4acoustic


tabs4acoustic

A handy site for any guitarist, tabs4acoustic provides a range of useful free resources to help you develop your skills. Alongside free acoustic guitar tabs, the website also offers video lessons and other essential content and guides covering guitar technique, music theory and more.

With courses and tips for guitarists of all levels, tabs4acoustic is a valuable tool in developing musical knowledge on everything from playing cords to fixing your guitar strings. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, there’s something for everyone on tabs4acoustic - take a look for yourself.
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Stories by Gus on the Go


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A follow-up on the fantastic Gus on the Go language app, Stories by Gus on the Go is the perfect tool for children ages 3-7 in developing their knowledge of foreign languages. Available in Spanish, French, Greek and Hebrew, the Stories app takes familiar tales like Three Little Pigs and uses this to introduce children to correct pronunciation and written languages.

A great starting point for young children, this educational app allows users to move up from single vocabulary words knowledge to being comfortable with short sentences and foundational grammar. The best part about Stories by Gus on the Go is that it makes learning enjoyable - with interactive lessons and stories, the app also includes mini games that help reinforce vital vocabulary whilst still being digestible and fun. Discover your love for languages with the Stories app whilst you build up key language skills.
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Words with Ibbleobble




One for early stage learners, Words with Ibbleobble is a colourful and engaging word game that helps develop users’ vocabularies. Designed to help build up children’s communication skills and confidence using new terms, the app includes hundreds of different puzzles and multiple choice questions to help ease kids into discovering new words.

Covering seven different categories of word phrases, the app’s use of sounds and repetition help to reinforce lexical learning. Better still, you won’t be alone as you make your way through the app’s games - each child is given a friendly character to help guide them through their learning adventure. The simple interface allows learners to progress at their own pace or race against the clock, all the while working towards winning achievements that help them win their character’s favourite things. The more you learn, the more you earn.

Paul Jamie Kidd,  Creative Director at Ibbleobble:

“At Ibbleobble, we understand that getting to grips with words and numbers at an early age can sometimes be very daunting. So we have created range of apps that are not only incredibly simple to use for any early learner, but super fun-packed too!"

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IXL


IXL learning tool

IXL is an immersive learning tool for students looking to develop their Maths and English skills. What sets this educational resource apart from others is that it specifically aligns skill lessons with the UK national curriculum, directly helping students to meet their learning objectives.

Offering skill topics for students in reception all the way up to year 13, the website invites its users to take up its ‘learn to earn’ approach, rewarding learners with virtual prizes the more practise they complete. What’s more, the site’s handy analytics tool means that insight into learning progress has never been simpler, making it easy to identify problem topics which could use some improvement.
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Mondly


Mondly

Mondly is an educational app providing the resources to help users learn a language from their pick of 33 different options, covering everything from German and Portuguese to Arabic and Korean.  With 30 million users, Mondly is free to use and incorporates both written and speaking materials to ensure learners develop as quickly as possible. Highlighting the importance of correct pronunciation and speed to convey the right meaning, the app helps learners master key phrases through a selection of engaging and enjoyable exercises.

Beyond helping you learn, the app also allows users to track their progress by incorporating features like self-recording - valuable in helping learners identify errors in their speech, developing awareness and in turn helping them to understand how they can correct this. Mondly’s well thought out features are designed to help users learn a language right the first time round and achieve the perfect accent. With five special courses dedicated for different professional settings like restaurant staff, hotel receptionists, healthcare and more, the app provides valuable tools to help get you speaking confidently. Download Mondly and start learning with your ears and eyes!
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Unpaywall


Unpaywall research tool
Most people will be familiar with the frustration you’re met with when you finally find a relevant research paper to support your essay argument but are blocked by a paywall. Or even when simply browsing the web for more information on a topic. This is where Unpaywall comes in! A legal and fair solution to this issue, the web extension allows students access to a broad database of documents and research papers by automatically drawing out freely shared papers from thousands of publishers and legal institutional repositories.

It’s as simple as clicking a green tab and skipping the paywall on millions of journal entries and articles. We’re big fans of this learning tool as it’s entirely legal and free, allowing students access to a wider range of resources in a safe and sustainable way.
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ChemCrafter


ChemCrafter Chemistry app
ChemCrafter brings the chemistry lab to the comfort of your own home with this fantastic educational app. Allowing users to build their own lab and try their hand at different chemical reactions, the app guides students through experiments to help them explore how different elements react with one another.

Measure energy released from reactions and collect points to unlock new experiment combinations, tools and chemicals. Free to download and available on iOS devices, ChemCrafter is one of the best interactive educational apps, engaging students as they learn through trialling a range of creative experiments. Entertaining students as they learn, this app rewards knowledge through a set of trophy room badges. With a drag and drop system, ChemCrafter leads students through different experiments to create a fantastic variety of colourful (and sometimes explosive) chemical reactions!
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Shakespeare


Shakespeare app
The aptly named Shakespeare app does exactly what it says on the tin - Shakespeare. A free app containing the full works of the English poet and playwright, this handy learning tool allows its users access to 41 plays, 154 sonnets and six poems. With an integrated glossary of over 21,000 archaic terms and phrases, understanding Shakespeare has never been easier. Simply tap on a word for its definition and continue reading.

The app also allows students to search the writer’s complete works, as well as highlight and make notes on pieces. Notes made on the app can then be shared with friends and classmates, making collaborating on projects and comparing notes easy. With supporting study materials on scansion and relevant poetry terms, this Shakespeare app really is your one stop for everything and anything to do with the English playwright.
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CK-12


CK-12 STEM learning tool
A fantastic online STEM resource and educational app, CK-12 draws together a huge range of tools including quizzes, assignments, videos and tutorials. Available on mobile and online, the app provides users with customisable content covering a range of topics like Arithmetic, Earth Science, Statistics and Algebra. With all content developed and produced by teachers, you can rest assured that CK-12 is host to some of the highest quality online learning tools.

Offering entirely free and personalised learning for students through study guides, videos and questions, CK-12 also has a PLIX (Play Learn Interact eXplore) feature which uses interactive diagram simulations to help learners visually explore concepts and engage with information instead of simply just reading it. With CK-12’s huge wealth of information only ever a few clicks away, the tool means that students no longer have to lug around textbooks to complete work. Bringing all of these tools together in one place means students always have access to valuable and relevant STEM tools to help them achieve academic success.
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So there you have it, our round-up of some of the best educational apps and learning tools available. Whether you use these resources to diversify your revision or simply keep your mind active on days off, we hope you find a tool to meet your learning needs!