Finding some of best Education Apps is never an easy chore, finding the best FREE Education apps is even more difficult. Downloading app after app and then field-testing them is a laborious task! But, we know how great a post like this is for everyone, so here you go… Here you will find 32 FREE apps from a variety of categories, some we have reviewed and some we have not. Enjoy these FREE downloads and spend some quality time with your kids!
PBS Kids Video –Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). “PBS KIDS Video” features more than 1,000 videos from over a dozen top PBS KIDS television series, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts.
Leo’s Pad: Preschool Kids Learning Series – Leo’s Pad is an interactive, animated series of “appisodes” designed for preschoolers and kindergarteners, in which your child will join a young Leonardo da Vinci and his friends on big adventures filled with exciting games woven seamlessly into the stories. The app breaks new ground for children’s learning in four ways:
research based content that helps kids practice a variety of cognitive, social, and emotional early-learning skills, including color and shape recognition, problem solving, and self-control.
See.Touch. Learn. – A Picture Card Learning System replaces all your physical flash cards. Award winning, easy to use and chosen by over 400,000 people in 104 countries! Create custom lessons using the starter library, or purchase any of 50 individual libraries with over 4,400 pictures and 2,200 exercises developed by professionals. Subscribe to the Brain Parade Community for access to thousands more lessons shared by your peers around the globe.
TapToTalk – “Give a non-verbal child or adult a voice! TapToTalk turns an iPhone™, iPad™ or iPod touch® into an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. TapToTalk makes communication fun, like another “game” on this cool device. Just tap a picture and TapToTalk speaks. Each picture can lead to another screen of pictures.”
Scribble My Story – A Fingerprint Network App is a junior version of the popular and award winning Scribble Press App, selected by Time Magazine as one of the 25 best apps of 2012 and widely in use in classrooms. Targeted at kids 3 to 7, Scribble My Story is a design collaboration between Fingerprint’s early learning experts alongside the Scribble Press team to deliver a wonderful, age appropriate creativity experience.
Bitsboard, by Grasshopper Apps, is a place where learning is FUN, SIMPLE, and a BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE! Bitsboard offers free access to tens of thousands of gorgeous flashcards and carefully curated lessons across dozens of languages. No matter what you want to teach (English, German, Telling Time, Counting, Sight Words, ABCs, etc.), you will find it on Bitsboard. All of the content on Bitsboard is 100% FREE. The possibilities are literally endless with this incredible app. READ FULL REVIEW
Sentence Maker Free by Grasshopper Apps – Try Sentence Maker for FREE and find out why tens of thousands of parents, teachers, and kids rave about Sentence Maker. Sentence Maker is an exciting interactive game that helps your child rapidly learn to make and complete their own sentences all with just the touch of their finger. The interface is so easy to use that even a 9 month old baby will delight in moving their first words around the page. Ideal for ages 1 to 6. Remember that for just $0.99 you can buy the complete version of Sentence Maker and gain access to 500+ additional unique phrases and sentences. READ OUR REVIEW of Sentence Maker, full version
Phonics Genius by Alligator Apps – This app is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds. Phonics Genius is a reading teachers dream! All words are grouped by sounds that different letter combinations make. Letter/s-sound correspondences is one of the most common ways to learn how to read, and recognize words through phonemic awareness. This app is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds in the beginning, middle, or end, of words. It has over 6,000 words strategically grouped into 225 categories. READ FULL REVIEW
Fry Words, by Alligator Apps, is another excellent learning tool to add to your bag of tricks. Fry 1000 Instant Words is a list of the most commonly used words for teaching reading, writing, and spelling. These high frequency words should be recognized instantly by readers. In 1996, Dr. Fry expanded on Dolch’s sight word lists, researched and published a book titled “Fry 1000 Instant Words.” In his research, Dr. Fry found the following results: 25 words make up approximately 1/3 of all items published, 100 words comprise approximately 1/2 of all of the words found in publications, 300 words make up approximately 65% of all written material. READ FULL REVIEW
Grammaropolis, by Grammaropolis LLC, began educating students via the web before it jumped on board digitally. We really have to wonder how grammaropolis.com eluded us. It originated as a website and was commonly used on computers and SMARTBoards. There is also a book and CD component. As for the app, it is great way to introduce, teach, and review grammar. It is all organized by a map and tracks progress for up to five students. The app includes character descriptions for nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions and interjections. READ OUR REVIEW of Grammaropolis – Complete Edition
Oh No! Fractions – Curious Hat Lab came across our desk recently and if a colleague hadn’t said, “It’s tough for kids to grasp fractions”, it may have slipped through the cracks. Luckily, it didn’t and we are here to sing it’s praises. Explore and learn about fractions with a simple and intuitive interface. Compare and visualize two fractions and guess which one is greater. Oh No! Fractions is as simple as it gets. This gorgeous app lets the user decide whether the given fraction is less or greater than another fraction. After the child has decided and chosen less or greater, it asks “I’m Sure” and then “Prove It” where a visual representation of the two fractions is shown and manipulated by the child. READ FULL REVIEW
Virtual Manipulatives, by ABCya.com, is a great app that allows students to move around blocks, called manipulatives, to make fractions and decimals more understandable. A student can drag the manipulatives onto a workspace and match them up to compare and contrast. The student can also draw on the workspace to indicate instructions. Why You Should Try It: Math with visual, digital objects that represent meaning!
Sushi Monster by Scholastic – Kids don’t have to like sushi to love Sushi Monster! This fun game by Scholastic gets kids hooked on math. The goal is to add or multiply numbers that equal the sum or product that the Sushi Monster seeks. Players earn points, stars, trophies, and personal bests — all while brushing up on their number skills. Ages 7 & up
Todo K-2 Math Practice – Todo K-2 Math Practice is a series of 8 fun and engaging multi-level games that offer children practice and support in Pre-K through 2nd grade math fluency skills including: counting, writing numerals, addition and subtraction. Developed by award-winning game designers and in collaboration with teachers and math experts, Todo K-2 Math Practice offers meaningful play for students who struggle to master early elementary math.
Duolingo – Learn Languages for Free by Duolingo – There are plenty of fantastic, free apps in the iTunes Store and Duolingo is not only one of them but a definite a stand out! This simply amazing app will change the way your students learn a new language. Similar to Rosetta Stone, Duolingo helps students increase their vocabulary and grammar through pictures and audio support. READ FULL REVIEW
Rosetta Stone® Kids Lingo Letter Sounds – Practice early reading skills and speak Spanish to control the action! Tons of toys are trapped in bubbles! Can you rescue them before they float away? Match the correct starting letter sound to release each toy and collect it. Speak Spanish words and phrases aloud to really get the party started!
Mindsnacks has seven free educational games to learn various languages. As students explore and practice the nine exciting games, they devour Spanish words and phrases that are clearly and distinctively enunciated with audio clips from native speakers! I found myself repeating the words out loud to see if I could perfect my own pronunciations! Parents love to hear their child verbalizing their second language skills.
Science 360 for iPad by Knowledge Network and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is eye candy, but not just a pretty face. It covers a wide variety of science, nature, space, and engineering topics, presented in videos, photos, and text. Now that the iPad has made its entrance into the classroom many teachers are looking for visuals and snippets of video to supplement their programs; Science360 is perfectly tailored to meet these needs. The app provides users access to hundreds of hi-resolution images and videos running the gamut of STEM topics. READ FULL REVIEW
NASA App invites you to explore and discover a wealth of NASA information right on your mobile device. The application delivers an extensive collection of updated mission information, thousands of very cool images, launch information, schedules and countdown clocks, all online from realtime NASA sources. The app has a slick and extensive repertoire of content providing a super abundant amount of information on each planet, space mission, astronaut, as well as history, notable dates, maps, NASA TV, NASA video, and all other essential NASA related information presented in a state of the art package. Access views of outer space from the palm of your hand! READ FULL REVIEW
VideoScience is hosted by Dan Menelly, a Science Teacher at the UN International School and a 2010 Einstein Fellow with the National Science Foundation in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure. VideoScience is brought to you by Science House and the Science House Foundation. “A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.”
BrainPOP Featured Movie by BrainPOP – Learn something new every day! The movies cover topics ranging from astronomy to famous artists, and they get archived automatically so you can access them later. Bring learning to your fingertips™ with the BrainPOP Featured Movie app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz – free! Education writers, parents, teachers, and kids themselves have lauded it in thousands of reviews – for everything from its original voice and extensive selection of topics to its ease of use and unique delivery of fresh content daily. READ FULL REVIEW
WWF Together – This app by the World Wildlife Fund will thrill animal lovers of all ages. It offers in-depth information on scores of species, including elephants, whales, rhinos, giant pandas, and marine turtles. Kids can learn how far they live from their favorite animals, play with on-screen origami animals, or try out “tiger vision.” Warning: some information about the world’s many endangered species can be heartbreaking. Ages 7 & up
Best Books for Tweens – Developer Description: “This app is a fun way for parents, teachers, librarians, and readers to get more information about top rated books at the fifth and sixth grade level. Tag a book as “I want this” or “I’ve read this” to add it to your list. You can email your list out for an easy way to show which books you’re interested in getting and which books you’ve already completed.”This app is a fun way for parents, teachers, librarians, and readers to get more information about top rated books at the fifth and sixth grade level. Tag a book as “I want this” or “I’ve read this” to add it to your list.
Codecademy: Hour of Code lets you learn how to build amazing things online by programming with Codecademy – all for free. This app gets you started by introducing you to the basic concepts behind the apps on your phone and the websites you visit. You’ll learn to understand the basic structure of code when you see it. Use it in the classroom: Codeacademy wasn’t designed for a classroom, it’s designed for ‘snacking’ – learning snippets of coding skills, instead of playing games while on the move. It adds to up an hour of coding, but the idea is that you pick up bits of that hour when you want to.
Memory Master Free – Test your short term memory with Memory Master Free. Memory Master Free will play a random light and tone that you must repeat by clicking on the correct buttons. The sequence of lights and tones will continue to grow unless you fail to master it.If you miss a sequence press “Replay”. The sequence will then be replayed. Use this feature sparingly, each game has only 3 available replays.Once you master Memory Master Free check out Memory Master. Memory Master includes: Two Button Touch, Four Button Touch, Six Button Touch.
Haiku Deck, by Giant Thinkwell, The developers have partnered with Getty Images and the library is not just majoring vast, it is top quality! Haiku Deck is a free iPad app that was developed to provide an easy way to create simple, stunning presentations, it lives up to its intentions and goes far beyond in the design potential department. READ FULL REVIEW
Evernote is a note-taking tool that can easily be synced with a cell phone, allowing teachers to create and share notes on the go. Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home or at work. For example: text recognition in Evernote makes it a breeze to take a snapshot of a syllabus or assignment.
Edmodo acts as a playground for teaching and learning with a place for posts, calendars, and general communication for teachers and students. Linking to students becomes simpler and more efficient as well as more effective when students enjoy the presentation of it. It makes it easy to share valuable apps with students.
Google Earth is a great tool for geography and social studies teachers to give students a birds-eye view of the places they are studying. Google Maps for Education provides resources to help teachers and students explore, create, and collaborate with mapping tools. Students who are taught geography are better equipped to understand how human and physical systems interact and to make informed decisions based on that knowledge.
Inspiration Maps Lite – Engage students in active learning with Inspiration Maps. Students build their knowledge by creating diagrams, maps and organizers that help them brainstorm, plan, organize and build thinking skills. Tap to transform visual work into outlines that export for writing.
Quizlet – Quizlet app is here! It’s a free, fun, and a simple way to study on your iPhone. This tried and true web based tool has packed all the best parts of Quizlet into a mobile version you can use anywhere — even offline. Now you can seamlessly sync with Quizlet.com, access all your sets, audio, and use study modes like Flashcards, Learn, and Scatter right from your iPhone. Seamless syncing means all your Quizlet study sets are ready to use.
TED-Ed – This commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. (Not an app yet…)