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Best Apps for High School Students

Educational App Store have identified the best apps for high school students to help them study and also save their time in the classroom. From sticking to deadlines to having the meaning of the most complex of words on your fingertips to support students with exam revision, we have compiled a list of apps to make a student's life a lot smoother.

Choose from a range of apps that have been reviewed by fellow teachers. Whether you’re looking for English, maths, languages or science apps; we have a range of free and paid-for high school apps for students to learn and for teachers to support them in the school.

    Add dinosaurs, insects, animals and fairy-tale princesses to your world and enliven lessons with augmented reality by using Leo AR Education app. Leo is easy to use, fun and one of the best augmented reality apps for kids on the market. The Leo app is available to download for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    ARC Maths is an easy to use, student-friendly app that helps you remember all of the key skills you need to be successful at secondary Maths. Arc Maths app covers maths content taught between the ages 11-16 and includes all content within the GCSE syllabus across most exam boards. ARC Maths works closely with the user identifying gaps in mathematical knowledge resulting in a bespoke effective learning programme. This app is free from adverts and is a subscription-based package. An Individual Subscription is £3.49 per month and enables you to run one account; a Family Subscription is £5.99 per month and enables you to run four accounts. A 7-day free trial is available to new subscribers to the application. There are also pricing other pricing tiers available for schools. The application is supported by an extensive developers’ website.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    At the time of this FunEasyLearn review the FunEasyLearn app was an interactive, language-learning app gradually guides the user through the study of a language – be it new or limited to a specific topic for focus.  The variety of languages on offer is hugely impressive, ranging from Spanish, French, Italian, German, English, Chinese, up to 34 languages in total. The app is geared at regular interval learning, whereby little and often’ will reap the greatest rewards, with each language to be studied broken down into various, easy-to-navigate topics and sub topics. FunEasyLearn is available to download for iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices from the App Store and Play Store. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    This is a game based app that encourages users to compete against themselves to get as high a score as is possible. Technically there is not limit to high a score that a user could get meaning that someone using the app could continually use it and keep improving on their best score. In fact, the write up on the website jokes that this app could potentially destroy your sleep patterns as you try to get the highest score possible! Although at it's route this app is a game there are also a number of other benefits for users within it. The aim of the app is to create as many words, within the time limit given, that all must start with the letter given. Therefore scores can certainly depend on the first letters that are randomly selected by the app. In playing this game myself for a number of hours I certainly found that with some letters I was getting lower scores just because there seemed fewer words that I could think of that began with these letters. In this way the app clever aims to help it's users expand their vocabulary and thinking skills to get the highest possible score they can achieve.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Use MathWay to solve your math problems now

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Avaz AAC is an augmentative and alternative communication app that empowers children and adults having speech-related disabilities with a voice of their own. A fully-featured speech app that also includes a training module for new AAC users and caregivers.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Looking for the best camera calculator? Then you need to check out Photomath. One of the best math solving apps, Photomath Camera Calculator uses augmented reality, which means that you can simply point your camera at any piece of paper with an equation or an arithmetic problem and it will find a solution.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Accomplish Reading has been created to help users to improve their reading comprehension. After reading a number of sentences users are asked to agree or disagree as to whether the sentence makes sense. Clicking on the correct answer moves the user onto the next sentence however, if they get it wrong they are prompted to re-read the sentence and try again. The whole point of the app and the process of re-reading is to teach users the importance of re-reading sentences to gain an understanding and improvement on reading comprehension. The app also provides personalised feedback and progress reports for each of the users on the app.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Daily practice is the best way to learn any new skill.  Smartick prompts children to undertake a 15-minute maths practice session every day and provides a variety of fun educational activities to play after.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Parents and teachers should have an awareness of each learner's mindset and how they are coping mentally.  If your child or your student could use direction, guidance, and strategies for handling stress and anxiety, you should take a look at Student Success.

    Devices: Android


    Piano Marvel is an app available for download on PC’s or Macs as well as for iPad. Piano Marvel helps students engage with and learn how to play the piano. There are video lessons on the app, that help teach you the basics of piano method and technique. There is an excellent library of music covering a wide repertoire in several genres. Each piece is categorised at a level – beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional with many pieces available in several levels of difficulty. The range of pieces, alongside the variety of method and technical exercises allows the user to identify strengths and be awarded virtual trophies for this. The midi input to your keyboard helps identify what you have played correctly or incorrectly. You are tracked as you play each note, which turns red if you make a mistake enabling you to clearly see the areas that require further practice. A particular highlight of the app is the unique sight reading practice section which accurately tests your current level and helps you work through exercises to improve. As well as the tutorial videos that cover all features of the app, there are also easy online or phone contact details on the website if you require any assistance.

    Devices: iPhone iPad , Windows , Mac


    The title of this app certainly emphasises its purpose.  Expand the initialism and it is called Optical Character Recognition Text Detection Tool.  This is precisely what it does and it does it well.

    Devices: Windows


    Ella Spanish Verbs Conjugation is an independent-learning, Spanish-language learning app that comprehensively enables learners to see, practise, interact with and, subsequently, understand a wide variety of 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 allows personalised quizzing and progress tracking as a means to facilitate and refine learning.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The 38 Times Tables Challenge app turns a laser-sharp focus on to the 38 times tables that need to be actually learned.  These are the ones for which there are no easy methods to remember them.  By concentrating only on these 38, children spend more of their time learning the most difficult to remember and less time repeating what they already know.  

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Skoove is a great piano learning app that will help students engage and learn how to play the piano. There are video lessons on the app, that help you move from basic understanding of piano, into more advanced skills. With a wide range of music, songs and exercises to study with, the app identifies where you are performing well, and what is going wrong, so that you get individual feedback. This is because the app uses your microphone and a range of inputs of keyboards to help identify what you have played correctly or incorrectly. At every step, there is a contact button to hand so that if you are stuck, you can send a simple question for a piano teacher to help you out. On the website you can also use PC’s or Macs, but on the App, you can use for iPad and iPhone. Android is not available at the current time, but this is currently being developed and released soon. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Skoove are making some of their premium content available for free to help those who may be struggling during these difficult times.  Start Learning

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    National Geographic app dives deep into over 3,000 captivating videos, groundbreaking stories, and unlimited access to award-winning photography. For the first time, access to rich National Geographic content is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Dyslexia Gold improves reading fluency, speed and comprehension. It increases reading age by over 12 months. Their fun, effective & unique programs help children learn to improve: Reading with Engaging Eyes and Fluency Builder, master Spelling and Times Tables. Dyslexia Gold addresses underlying problems that cause reading difficulties. We address vision problems to stop your child from skipping lines and words. And auditory problems so your child can hear that goat is made up of 3 sounds g - oa – t. The program is suitable for children aged 6-15. You can choose US or UK spelling and works on any PC or laptop with sound - Windows or Mac. Dyslexia Gold is used in over 250 schools and by thousands of parents.

    Devices: Web


    Even in a world where software and apps are being increasingly used, printed material still plays a major role.  Not everyone can easily access text in books, worksheets, newspapers, journals, and magazines.  Prizmo Go captures printed text from saved photographs or a device's camera so that it can  process them and make them accessible to its built-in text reader as well as to other software.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Students today do not want to carry boxes of flashcards with them but they can still use this traditional and effective revision and learning method by downloading and using Memocard.  This is a flexible and powerful app for using and creating virtual flashcards.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Become a master at identifying countries on a map, matching capitals to countries, and identifying flags with StudyGE.  With crystal-clear maps, excellent reporting features, and some reference content, Study GE is a superb tool to have in a Geography teacher's app collection. Future expansions are expected too.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    SumW0rdZ is an interactive educational app for children age 9 and above and improves your general knowledge, word and maths skills all in a single game format. This fun, interactive game has three supporting levels; easy, medium and hard and combines wordplay, mathematical skills such as addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and powers. The basic application is free but additional Word Themes and Dice Combinations can be obtained via in-app purchases. There are also in-app adverts which promote these in-app purchases. 

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Yousician is an interactive music app that’s designed to really provide a fully-formed experience for just about everyone to better their instrument playing. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Univoice is a multi-language learning app (French, Spanish, German, and English) that teaches you the language solely through music.  The app gamifies language learning by prioritising relevant vocabulary, authentic language and slang, and promoting long-term retention through regular and repetitive listening to songs and music genres that appeal to the user.  The Univoice app allows users to sing along to songs in a target language of their choosing with an immediate feedback loop as a way to accelerate and complement their overall learning program.  

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The developers of this app are well known for producing other educational based apps and already have a number of well regarded apps in the series that this app is a part of. If you are already familiar with these apps then the look and design of this app will be very familiar to you. All of the aspects that have made their previous apps a success; from the look to the functionality are all the same. A big bonus for the app in my opinion. The app itself aims to help users understand and improve upon their abilities with the English language through everyday situations making the learning of the language more geared towards real life rather than the fundamentals and mechanics of the language itself. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Fabulingua is a Spanish language-learning app that narrates interactive children’s stories.  As the app and the stories progress the child is introduced to more and more new characters, who allow you to interact with Spanish in a variety of different contexts and with engaging personalities.  On-screen, you will see the Spanish storyline and this will be supported by hearing the same story read in Spanish and then in English – working towards a natural reception of bilingualism.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


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