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Here are our top Android and iPad apps for students in high school or college/university that will help you stay on track, save time, be more creative in your presentation and help you work more efficiently.

    Otsimo is an educational game application developed for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or learning difficulties.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    The software application ‘Grade Point – GPA & Homework’ is a student tool ideal for tracking grades, homework, assignments and classes. The application can track and calculate your GPA (Grade Point Average) score using the versatile GPA grade calculator and grade weight your assignments accordingly. The application is free with for a trial period where further subscriptions can be purchased. The app is free form in-app adverts.

    Devices: iOS


    Cosmic Watch is an app that uses mesmerising and realistic 3D graphics to help illustrate the relative positions and movements of a variety of components in Space. The app exemplifies the views of the earth, sun, planets and more, all in real time. Cosmic Watch also allows users to manipulate the position of these celestial bodies, create and personalise their view points and caters each experience to the individual to help them gain insight into the ever-changing nature of the universe. This app allows users to understand and visualise concepts which are hard to comprehend from a theoretical standpoint. The app’s ability to provide a ‘sky view’, for users to see the positions of larger stars and celestial bodies from their own location is a fantastic and unique adaptation. This app has a large variety of options to individualise the user experience, resulting in endless opportunities for exploration. 

    Devices: Android,iOS


    The software application ‘BirdsEyePM’ is a graphical project and visualization tool for creating site plans. The application creates building, road paths and vehicles that can be moved at scheduled times. The application has been designed mainly for the industry but could give an insight into project management, town and city design, site-plan mapping, transportation infrastructure and encourage the use of computeraided design. The application is free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases. It is noted that the interface is designed for industry and we recommended that the application should be used by students aged 13 and above.

    Devices: iOS


    Resilient Family: Happy Child provides simple mindfulness based, movement and awareness training for individuals, parents and older and younger children. It uses movement to discharge stress and build body awareness.   The aim is to support development of resilience and self-regulation through training in mindful movements.  

    Devices: Android,iOS


    The application Tonal Harmony Analysis provides users with the opportunity to input a range of different chords, and identify the suitability of the chord progressions. It provides users with the analysis of each chord progression, offering a range of different options and choices. The app would analyse each option, and identify whether the options worked with different harmonic analysis rules. It can identify potential issues, and explain them, so that you can make a more suitable choice. This is an excellent app, particularly for A Level students, who have a huge amount of rules to learn, and this can be very difficult to teach without the students losing their creativity and musicality.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    Famisafe is a dedicated parental control app for your children's phone location, geographical boundaries (geofences), app monitoring and blocking, web content filtering and remote screen time control. The application is free from in-app adverts and is suitable for parents who wish to monitor the digital and GPS activities of their child. The app offers a 3-day free trial upon sign up with a further subscription thereafter. There are many different levels of subscription depending on the features required by the user.

    Devices: Android,iOS Web


    LingoDeer is an interactive, language-learning app that covers Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The app allows you to interact with the above languages in a structured and contextualised way, which the users can follow at their own pace and according to their own ability level.  Through self-study, these lessons and the subsequent review exercises focus on reading, listening, and writing skills to gradually reveal key terms, linguistic structures and rules.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    BioBlox2D is an app which allows users to engage in a fun, stimulating, Tetris-like game that also develops their understanding of key Science concepts and challenges their existing Biology knowledge. BioBlox2D focuses on the Biological process of protein-ligand docking by allowing users to manipulate the orientation of a variety of different molecules in order for them to bind with the specific protein found at the bottom of the screen. The app also includes quick fire questions to challenge the user beyond just this process, but also in the recognition of specific molecules, thus providing a useful overlap with Chemistry. The app is supported by a website which includes instructions and a user video.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    LingQ is an interactive, language-learning app that progressively guides the user through language study in real-world, immersive contexts.  The variety of languages on offer is quite impressive, ranging from Spanish, French, Italian, German, English, Chinese, to 25 others. The app centres on purposefully-designed and authentic texts and podcasts, which the users can read and/or listen to at their own pace and according to their own ability level.  Considering the user’s ability level, key words are made to stand out and referenced to an in-app lexicon sourced from online dictionaries.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    Anonymise any classroom photographs you take with this app.  Faces are either blurred or masked automatically so that you can make more use of photographs in your classroom but still conform to school policies.

    Devices: iOS


    Note Quest is a great app which helps people of all ages to learn and review or drill all the notes needed to become a competent piano or keyboard player. Through levelled sequences of fun and enjoyable piano practice ‘games’, the app helps the user to learn the notes of the keyboard quickly and successfully. The app is highly engaging and simple to use and although the graphics are more suited to a child user it would be extremely useful for anyone who is learning the piano. It could be used as an introduction to the notes of the keyboard, an aid for practice between lessons or for use by a piano teacher as a resource within lessons.

    Devices: iOS


    The application ‘PDF Reader Pro - Sign, Edit PDF’ is a versatile PDF Reader for users who wish to read, highlight, sign and fill out PDFs on their mobile devices. This feature packed application is ideal for personal use and business and is free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases. The app ‘PDF Reader Pro - Sign, Edit PDF’ is a one time paid application and supports over 50 languages. This application is also available on an iOS/windows platform where the user can find an array of other unique features.

    Devices: Android,iOS , Windows , Mac


    Equate is an app which collates a library of over 400 useful equations spanning across several subjects, and enables the user to initially solve problems, and then challenge themselves with questions to apply their understanding and to build confidence in using these formulas. Equate formulas cover Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Economics, and are suitable for a variety of age ranges dependent on the subject specifications taught. The app is supported by individual Youtube links specific to the equation chosen and Wikipedia pages to help the user expand on their understanding and offer instant support.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    The application flowkey is a series of courses to help people from the very beginnings to the more able develop their piano skills. It is aimed towards any student wanting to develop their understanding and keyboard skills, and covers not only the skills to play the keyboard, but also the theory behind this, development of this as a musician, and a range of songs to work through.  The display is very simple to navigate and understand,  and the course is really interesting and versatile.

    Devices: Android,iOS


    From visiting the developer’s website it explains that this app is aimed at helping students in their preparation for taking the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE. This is a computer-based program that a large number of graduates take in the US and its aim to help gain a better understanding of their potential in the workplace. Within the test there is quite a large emphasis on the ability to understand and use English language correctly, and so this app helps students in this by aiding them in areas such as reading comprehension and the ability to write successful, detailed essays. The app is described as focussing on the 440 most frequently encountered words on the GRE and its aim is to help those graduates wishing to undertake the test a multi- sensory approach to this. The app is clearly aimed at this purpose and these reasons, however, that does not mean that the content and the approach cannot be used to help other users from improving their own abilities in regards to the English Language regardless of whether they are taking the test or not.

    Devices: iOS


    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: iOS


    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,iOS


    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,iOS


    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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    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,iOS


    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: iOS


    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,iOS


    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,iOS


    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: iOS