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Secondary School Apps Ages 14-18

The following is a list of apps for ages 14-18 year olds that can be used in high school learning environments.

    The application Somona teaches English pronunciation. It is aimed at those whose first language is not English and wish to improve their vocabulary and pronunciation in a fun and unique way. This application is free from in-app adverts and does not require a constant Wi-Fi connection. The application requires the user to purchase lesson content. ‘Somona’ was designed by Marcus Nealy, programmed by Peter Jacobs and directed and owned by Naomi Nealy.

    Devices: iPad

    The application ‘Theory Works’ is a course of explanations and exercises to work your way through the theoretical understanding in preparation for music theory exams with ABRSM. It is aimed towards any student that is looking to improve their theoretical understanding, but particularly those who are completing the ABRSM exams, from Grades 1 to 5. The display is very simple to navigate and understand, and needs no further instruction. The use of the explanations are helpful, aided by diagrams where suitable, and further exercises to practise. This app is designed to give students some interactive enjoyment when improving their theoretical understanding, with instant feedback and recognition for accurate answers, without necessarily having a music theory teacher, or to aid alongside this.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Conjugato is an independent-learning, language-learning app that comprehensively enables learners to see, practise, interact with and, subsequently, understand 1000 of the most commonly used Spanish verbs across all tenses and moods.  The verbal content can be customised to complement the extent of the user’s understanding of Spanish verbs: by refining the tenses, moods, verb forms, and indeed the verbs to be studied themselves. It is a personalised Spanish verb chart that is comprehensive in its content and, through repetition of use, will be an asset for any linguist.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    The course Voxtrain is a vocal training class. It is aimed towards any student interested in understanding their voice and improving their singing from absolute beginnings, to developing the complexities and understanding the depth of singing through use of breathing, tone and control. The display is very easy to navigate and understand, and needs no further instruction. The use of the videos is engaging and helpful, aided by diagrams where suitable, and further exercises to practice. This app is designed to give students some interactive enjoyment when improving their singing, without necessarily having to have a singing teacher too, and being able to practice in their own home. 

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    The application Boomerang Parental Control is a unique piece of software that gives parents remote control of their non-iOS devices. This application is also available on the iOS platform however there are some limitations. This application is a subscription based service, however, users can try the application for 14 days before committing. The application is free from in-app adverts.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    This is a fantastic language app aimed at helping young people improve their language abilities. Through focussing on the building of sentences and employing aspects of gamification, the app encourages users to challenge themselves in a game environment to match words together to form a sentence. The way the game works is to give the user a number of words and for them to then unscramble and form into a full sentence within a time limit with the added challenge of losing time when an incorrect answer is chosen. One of the most appealing aspects of the app is the fact that it can used by a number of different people with different abilities in the English language. For instance, it works really well as an app for younger children who already have a certain level of proficiency in reading and writing to improve their understanding, but older users can also access the app on a different level especially if they have English as an additional language and are wanting to improve their proficiency too. It could also be used for more top level students too who again want to continue to enrich their own abilities. With a whole section of the app dedicated to Proverbs and Sayings, it could even be used by an adult wanting to give themselves a bit of a challenge!

    Devices: Android , iPad

    The application News-O-Matic EDU can only be best described as an interactive Daily Newspaper for children. This application is a combination of interactive technology and games along with exciting news articles and creativity. The content within this software is engaging, plentiful and child safe. The application is free from in-app adverts and in app purchases and the content supports various languages. This application is a subscription based service, however, users can try the application before committing to a subscription.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    An interesting game for a group, family or class, which is essentially like charades but a little more complex. The person playing the game has to follow a set of written instructions on the digital card that can be a variety of tasks all designed to get them involved and interacting with the group.

    Devices: iPad

    TYPESY is an application that supports the unique typing software that will improve your typing speed and proficiency.     In an ever growing society of digital platforms, student e-portfolio assignments and digital dissertations the requirement in school and the working environment to become more proficient in typing has never been greater. This software is free from in-app adverts and has a one-off payment for both home and office. Educational institutions and businesses may benefit from generous discounts when the software is used on a larger scale. 

    Devices: iPad

    ONLYOFFICE by Ascensio Systems is a complete school and business based cloud and on-site document management system. The application is available over a number of platforms and comes in a range of free and subscribed packages. This cloud service is compatible with MS Office formats and comes in at an affordable subscription price compared to others. The application if free from in app adverts and is available in a number of different languages.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    An almost infinite amount of questions to develop and test students’ maths and english skills for all ages which will test skills learnt and possibly forgotten. Great for revision, the 'Smartscore' system promotes working through the questions, not guessing and the variety of question types is also admirable.  Both parents and teachers can make good use of its contents to support their children’s mathematical development.  A subscription to IXL Maths - English is required to use it.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Qlango is a language learning app that enables you to learn your chosen foreign language from scratch or as a revision tool, making use of a compelling range of activities. It makes use of an impressive variety of European language pairs, in multiple combinations.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Smart Vocabulary is an app aimed at growing and refining a student's range of vocabulary in preparation for college entrance tests but anybody who would like to expand their knowledge of lesser-used words could also learn a lot from it.

    Devices: iPad

    Elephant Learning is an application available on iOS, android and a web-based platform. It claims to be the most effective Math Learning Platform ever invented because the application propels learning faster than any other platform and the learning lasts longer. The application supports student from the age of 2-16 who are struggling with math concepts. The developers have partnered with the University of Denver to help create ‘Advanced Curriculum Technology’ or ACT for short.  The apps are free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases. However, it is noted that the mobile application supports the on-line Elephant Learning platform. This service has a free trial option but is a subscription service for those who wish to use the application on a regular basis, whether that is parents and children or schools and pupils.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    A clever app that teaches mathematics and number skills through a puzzle based game. Users must use both multiplication and addition as their core skills, but also understand their respective inverses (subtraction and division) to solve a variety of problems. An alternative approach to practicing and using basic number skills and finding common factors.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    The app Tonara is an audio-based app. It is aimed towards any learners of any musical instrument. It is very easy to understand how to progress through the app, and there are clear instructions given for the teacher, and a clear helpful chat in order to clarify any questions. This app is designed to give students the guidance in order to ensure their practice is completed in between lessons, with opportunity for reward, and guidance from the teacher.

    Devices: iPad

    Universal Zoom is a unique educational application that is designed to let you explore and experience the notions of SIZE and SCALE. The app presents a sequence of objects TO SCALE from the subatomic particles to the observable Universe itself. This application is suitable for a variety of subjects such as Science, Geography and Engineering and a range of ages from 4 years and above. The application is free from in-app purchases and in-app adverts.  

    Devices: iPad

    Mooveez harnesses the entertainment of movies, television programmes, documentaries and custom-produced content to motivate and engage learners of English as an additional language. Each video is turned into a learning aid with a comprehensive translation and explanation of its written script.  

    Devices: Android , iPad

    For those who are learning English as an additional language, Improve English: Word Games will provide a steady progression of understanding.  It teaches new vocabulary and offers plenty of ways in which to practise.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Learnji is a vocabulary app that enables you to learn over 1,200 everyday words in a foreign language through the hugely popular language of emojis. It is deliverd in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

    Devices: iPad

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