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Best Apps for Education

In 2019, finding educational apps of high quality seem like a daunting task particularly when you take into account the fact that there are over 500,000 educational apps. Finding good quality education apps that actually enhance teaching and learning can be tricky. We have spent several hours researching and testing educational and learning apps that are recommended by educators, teachers, parents, and students.

Apps in education can make children more interactive and activate better engagement between parents and children. Keeping teaching methods fresh is integral to getting students engaged in their studies and learning apps are a fantastic way of achieving this.

Based on our research, we think a good learning app should be provocative, exploratory, and open-ended; it should also have been designed with primary input from educators and curriculum developers, or shown in educational research to be an effective learning tool. The apps we cover in this guide are great learning apps not because they’re designed to make kids smarter, to drill facts, or to replace in-school learning, but because they’re fun and interesting for kids and adults.

We have also compiled a list of the best apps for schools, as well as the best iPad apps and best apps for kids for parents and teachers to enjoy.

Check out the best educational apps for teachers, students and educators that are currently available for iOS and Android devices.


Reading Eggs - Learn to Read

Reading Eggs is the multi-award winning learning programme that helps children learn to read. They will learn how to read using interactive reading games, guided reading lessons, fun activities and over 2,000 digital story books.

Reading Eggs - Learn to Read

Reading Eggs is a complete learn to read system for children aged 2-13 and covers the five essential components of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Parents can see instant results in their dashboard and receive detailed progress reports, which shows exactly where their child is improving and where extra attention is needed.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


MentalUP Educational Games App expose learners to new types of problems and the different ways of thinking required to solve them.

Its games are easy to understand while challenging the skills which they are designed to stretch. Each game begins with a short and to the point instruction and then the timed exercise begins. Players (or their parents) can set up the app to be biased towards helping certain skills and to take the user's age into account. A reports page provides a record of accomplishments and progress. A player avatar can also be upgraded with cosmetic items by spending the in-game currency that is earned through success.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Speech Blubs

Speech Blubs is a Speech Therapy application, created in cooperation with Speech and Language Pathologists, that uses voice controlled and video technology to develop speech articulation for young children with or without speech difficulties. The app has thousands of activities that aid over the practice of speech sounds in a fun and engaging way.

Speech Blubs

Improve your child's speech in a fun and engaging way! Interactive videos, face filters, stickers and tons of fun facts are what will keep your child engaged while improving their speaking abilities. Learn all about animals, dinosaurs, stars, vehicles, emotions and much more with this great app. Want to play guessing games? Practice speech through singing? Speech Blubs has it all and much more!

7-Day Free Trial Available on iPhone, iPad, and Android


Kids Academy Talented & Gifted

Kids Academy Talented & Gifted is one of the most innovative and engaging program for young learners. Their unique learn-through-play program combines the most advanced in adaptive technology, artificial intelligence, personalized learning, and gamification to help kids put their best foot forward and get the education they deserve.

Kids Academy has now over 5000 learning activities that includes educational games and videos, interactive and printable worksheets, songs, puzzles and flashcards. They cover the key subject areas of Math, Reading, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

Kids Academy

Parents will be able to keep track of children's progess, identify and develop their child's talents and work on the topics that need improvement.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy’s preschool curriculum focuses on important basics in the four main curriculum subjects of Reading, Math, World Around Us (beginning science and social studies), as well as Art & Colors, establishing a foundation of knowledge for young children that they can build upon with confidence and success.

ABCmouse.com features hundreds of interactive and fun games, each designed to teach a specific concept. Their preschool games help children ages 3+ to learn sounds, numbers, shapes with the preschool alphabet games, preschool art games, preschool number games and preschool shapes games.

All of the games include voiced instructions, so even very young children will find it easy to learn and play. You can read the full ABC Mouse review here.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Mazaam is an engaging and animated app for children to develop their understanding of music through a range of games and levels. It is ideal for parents to work alongside their child, play games with them, and check their understanding.

The audio is excellent, the animations are exciting and engaging, and the sharing collaborations with parents or teachers is an excellent opportunity. The games are full of fun and colour, and students wouldn’t be able to recognize that they are learning, as they will be having a lot of fun!

Mazaam offers an intuitive and progressive framework. Visual clues provide guidance at the beginning of each module, then gradually disappear to solicit your child’s auditory attention more and more.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


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.

Smart Vocabulary is designed to prepare students for the language component of the SAT/ACT. To this end, it covers 440 words selected by their likelihood of appearing on these tests. It is a good selection not only for the purposes of the tests, but because they are also useful words to know how to use correctly.

Available on iPhone and iPad


Edmodo is a social learning app for students, teachers, districts, and schools. Edmodo can be used for communication, polling, assignments/quizzes etc. Managing classes is much easier, and students can easily send teachers individual messages or materials.

Edmodo is designed to help reduce the workload for a teacher and make it easier to stay connected with your their classroom and their students. Edmodo has millions of resources, created and shared by other fellow teachers, ready to use in the classroom. Millions of teachers have used Edmodo to reach their students, improve learning outcomes, and get more out of their lesson plans.

Parent accounts are a great way for parents to observe and stay up to date with their child’s Edmodo activities. They will be able to see their children's assignments, grades, messages from the teacher, school calendar and so on.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Kahoot! is a tool used by teachers to administer quizzes, discussions or surveys. It is a game based classroom response system played by the whole class in real time. Multiple-choice questions are projected on the screen. Students answer the questions with their smartphone, tablet or computer.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


BrainPOP® creates cross curricular animated, educational content that captivates students, supports teachers, and adds excitement to lessons. In primary and secondary classrooms, on mobile devices, and at home, BrainPOP’s award winning resources explain the world using animated videos, educational games, interactive quizzes, and online activities.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Khan Academy is a free to download app for both students and teachers. This classroom learning app can assign videos, articles, and/or problem sets for the students to complete outside of class. The app allows you to watch more than 4,300 video lessons on topics including math, science, economics, and humanities either by streaming them from the site or downloading them for later viewing or when you don’t have an Internet connection.

Available on iPhone, iPad, Google Chrome and Android


Socrative Teacher app offers an interactive environment for students and teacher to share their learning. Socrative is easy-to-use and fun to implement. Teachers can ask questions, conduct polls, and conduct assessments with real-time data displaying during the session. Gauging student understanding and ideas has never been so easy.

Available on iPhone, iPad, Google Chrome and Android


Nearpod offers teachers an easy-to-use app for creating interactive lesson plans, presentations, assessments, and digital content. Nearpod allows teachers to create digital lesson plans, share it with students during class, and track individual progress. Lessons are comprised of teacher-created slides that can include text, video, images, websites, questions, quizzes, polls, and assignments. Students are able to follow the lesson on their own devices at their own pace or teachers can lead a synchronized session where students can follow the lesson in real-time.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Remind is a safe, classroom-friendly communication tool to help teachers send messages, en masse or targeted, to students and parents. Teachers can schedule reminders about meetings, assignment deadlines, send students messages such as daily homeworkd assignments, reminders of upcoming tests, photos of class activities or notes, links to outside resources like articles, videos and more. They can also message individual students, an entire class of students, or multiple classes at the same time.

From students and parents, it will help them to stay on top of what is going on at school from class assignments to extracurricular activities.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Teachers can discover content for their classes amongst the millions of study sets on Quizlet. Save time by finding study sets created by other teachers that cover exactly what students need. Encourage the students to compete for the top score by playing Quizlet’s study games Match and Gravity in school or at home.

With the Quizlet app, you can easily find resources for any subject at any level. Revise for any subject with fun and interactive flashcards, games and diagrams. Quizlet makes it easy to discover and create study materials for languages, history, science and more.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


News-O-Matic is the first daily newspaper just for students. It provides an exciting and engaging nonfiction experience for students, complete with valuable literacy tools for the classroom. Thanks to its unique combination of editorial and technology, News-O-Matic creates innovative solutions to help children become tomorrow’s responsible citizens. It gives young readers a window into the world — and a reason to love reading news.

More than 1,000 schools use News-O-Matic for nonfiction reading, social studies, geography, science, and more!

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts – it’s safe, easy and secure so try out an Edublog today! A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that is 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.

Available on iPhone and iPad


Evernote is an impressive organizational app for teachers. Its limitless uses range from planning a course to delivering a lesson plan to capturing feedback after class. It allows you to take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at school, at home, or on the go.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Google Classroom is an excellent tool for any classroom that frequently uses G Suite products like Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets. The ability to create and manage assignments is the core component of Google Classroom.

Google Classroom is a great way to manage and organize learning for students and teachers.

Google Drive is a cloud storage service provided at no charge for Google Apps for Education users. Students may store up to 30 Gb of data (documents, videos, graphics, photos, music, etc.) in their account. Using Google Drive, students can simultaneously edit a document needed for a class project and collaborate with each other online while doing so. These tools allow teachers to make a variety of learning materials available to students online. Included with Google Drive are applications that allow to students to create word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents. All of these are automatically saved to the ‘cloud’ and are available to students anywhere there is Internet access.

Google Apps for Education

Google offers a variety of applications - which ones will be available for students to use?

  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides: A suite of applications for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Google Calendar: A calendar that can be used to enter events with the potential to be shared with others.
  • Google GMail: Allows students to send messages to other students and teachers. This application can be managed so only internal communication is allowed or be made open to communicate with others outside of our district.
  • Google Hangout: Allows people to join a session through sharing video and voice.
  • Google Sites: A web page software that allows the user to build a site to display and share information.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


WolframAlpha is an ultimate tool for homework and research for students. It is one of the popular apps for high school students that delivers specific answers calculated from the data gathered from all the information related to your questions. Students can learn anything because it covers a variety of subjects on array of topics, from mathematics and biology to chemistry, physics, geometry, geography and more.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Piazza is the leading social learning platform in education, used by tens of thousands of instructors to efficiently answer students' questions. Piazza engages students and promotes answering classmates' questions in a private, secure, centralized location. Students love Piazza because they get faster answers to their questions. Instructors love Piazza because it saves them time, while giving deeper insights.

Available on Android


Students can learn just about anything they ever wanted to know about the solar system and about NASA's missions by navigating through the videos, photos, live feeds, and loads of text in NASA App. For kids with a big appetite for learning about the solar system, NASA App provides a wealth of information. However, given the amount of text and information, young users may need more focus than the app provides. With guidance, kids can discover a wealth of information about the solar system with NASA App.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Star Chart lets you to see the stars and planets in the skies accurately by pointing their Android device towards the sky. This astronomy app makes it easy for you to learn more about the objects you are viewing by tapping the star or planet. One of the amazing features is Time Shift that allows you to go back and forth in time to see past and future celestial placement patterns.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Google Earth offers the means to display geographic data from a wide variety of sources together in a geospatial context. This data includes imagery for the entire globe at varying resolutions that contains a great deal of interpretable visual information. Students can use it to find their homes, schools, and other locations that are familiar to them. They can make inferences by comparing familiar places to other locations.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Duolingo is one of the best English language apps today and highly recommended for English beginners. The gamified learning system of the app helps you learn English quickly by spending twenty minutes a day. Duolingo structures your lessons that teach you about seven new words based on a topic and skill points being awarded for completing the lessons.

Duolingo is the most comprehensive online language learning platform. The most popular languages include Spanish, Dutch, Danish, French, German, Italian and Irish. Other languages offered include Russian, Japanese, Dutch, Turkish, Korean, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, and even a few fantasy languages.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Memrise uses some creative and easy way to remember words for learning English. The focus of this app is to help the users expand their vocabulary by learning English words in an effective way. Memrise also offers an offline mode to continue learning without internet connection.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


ShowMe Interactive whiteboard app is an application that allows teachers and students of any age to create presentations called ‘ShowMe’s that can be shared via the device on online privately or to a community audience. The user can record and create engaging voice over presentations of their chosen topic by using some of the many tools such as adding text, drawings, photos and images.

Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard! ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s an amazingly simple app that anyone can use, no matter how young or old!

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Notability is one of the most versatile apps available for notes taking. You can type or write notes on notebooks and organize them into folders inside the app. However, it also lets you annotate PDFs, which can be great for grading student papers. Notability also records audio and lets you take notes at the same time. So, you could be having a reading conference with a student, or testing their reading fluency with the audio recorder, while taking notes at the same time on your iPad.

Available on iPhone and iPad


Explain Everything is one of the easy-to-use and best interactive whiteboard and screencasting app. It can be used to present information to students in a visually engaging way. The exciting part of this app will help your students learn to create and present with it – individually or on group projects from sketches, through PDFs, to videos.

The app creates collaborative learning experiences where students and teachers can share thoughts and ideas in real-time. You can strengthen leadership and collaboration skills by giving students the tools to create and share their own tutorials, animated stories, and presentations.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


ClassDojo

ClassDojo is one of the best apps for teachers that be can used in a classroom from start to finish. ClassDojo is a consistent and very structured classroom management app for teachers to improve students behavior and communicate more effectively with parents. It can be used to a small or large extent depending on your time, purpose, and interest.

Available on iPhone, iPad, iMessage and Android


Popplet Lite

Popplet is an excellent way for students to create graphic organizers to organize and share what they have learned! It is easy to use, allows the user to incorporate images and text, and can be exported to photos to be shared via a website. Popplet is a simple and innovative way to organize a student’s thinking by mapping their thoughts in a text, drawing, or image features.

Available on iPhone and iPad


Book Creator

Book Creator is the simplest way to create digital books, even for not-yet-readers and writers. Children can add photos, videos, or drawings to enhance or tell their stories. It's easy enough for preschoolers, yet can be used by older students or adults. It is a rare content creation app that is just as at home in a child’s hand as it is a teacher’s. With this app both can create useful and compelling eBooks, magazines, and guides without taking an age to learn how to use the software.

Available on iPad


Showbie

Showbie is a free educational app for teachers and students that makes creating and completing assignments, providing assessments, and storing grades easy. Students can submit their assignments through Showbie. It has the ability for students and/or teachers to leave voice notes with assignments.

Multiple teachers can create classes within Showbie, so that students can see each class that they belong to. Then, they click on the class to see the assignments that the teacher has created for that class. Teachers are able to give due dates/times for assignments, thus not allowing work to be turned in late. Work is timestamped, so that the teacher can see exactly when it was turned in to Showbie.

Available on iPhone, iPad, Google Chrome


Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard app is designed mainly for teachers to present lessons that can easily be shared with other students, teachers, or parents. Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that's simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept.

Available on iPad


Puppet Pals HD

Puppet Pals HD Directors Pass is an easy to use cartoon creator app that allows you to create your own animations using a variety of themes and characters. Children's imaginations can really run wild when using the app. From creating a pirate battle to retelling a favourite fairytale or story the possibilities are endless.

For more games, check our list of the best educational games for iPad to help educate and entertain young kids.

Available on iPad, iMessage


The Teach your Monster to Read is an award winning kids learning app that teaches children to read in a fun and simplistic manner. The app covers the first two years of reading, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying books. The app has been designed in collaboration with academics at Roehampton university and Complements Phases 2-5 of UK Government-approved Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programmes.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Android Educational Apps

Whether you're currently in school or just seeking a little self-improvement, a plethora of Android apps are just waiting to enhance your knowledge base, expand your skill sets, improve your memory and more.

Here’s a list of Android educational apps that should prove helpful to most students.


Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy Kids, targeting two- to five-year-old children is adaptive to children’s development and lets the child navigate through the platform at their own pace. Kids improve skills through a customized series of interactive activities, books, videos, and creative lessons. Khan Academy Kids’ holistic approach engages students in subjects ranging from literacy to math while encouraging creativity and building social-emotional skills.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

BrainPOP Featured Movie (Android, iOS): BrainPOP is an educational media stalwart with a wealth of animated videos aimed at K-12 students, and now, BrainPOP's mobile app brings these videos right to your kid's smartphone or tablet. The Featured Movie app brings a small library of free videos as well as a daily featured movie and quiz; subscription options increase the number of videos you can view while unlocking the full BrainPOP mobile library of educational videos and quizzes.

BrainPop is designed for kids of age four and up. Lessons begin with a brief animated video and include a wide variety of school- and life-related topics. Each video is accompanied by interactive activities and quizzes that reinforce what kids have learned.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


iPad Educational Apps

It's the apps that really set iOS apart from other platforms - there are higher quality apps available on the App Store for the iPad than any other tablet. The iPad in the classroom brings education to life.

Here’s a list of iPad educational apps that should prove helpful to teachers, students and parents.


Hit the Button Maths

Hit the Button an interactive maths game from the TopMarks.co.uk website, are useful in the early stages of learning on multiplication (e.g. times tables) and division facts. Hit the Button is an interactive maths game with quick fire questions on number bonds, times tables, doubling and halving, multiples, division facts and square numbers. The games which are against the clock challenge and develop a child's mental maths skills.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Epic! - Kids Books and Videos

With access to more than 35,000 children’s books, audiobooks, educational videos and quizzes, Epic is a monthly subscription service that’s basically the Neflix of education. Epic allows kids to explore a vast library of child-safe content, with material designed for kindergarten up to 7th grade reading levels, with personalized reading recommendations helping you find new material. An Epic for Educators version aimed at librarians and educators is available for free.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android


Mobile learning allows for flexibility by eliminating the need for learning to happen at a particular time and place. Mobile learning takes learning flexibility to another level by making instructional content like videos, podcasts, and other multimedia formats available on smartphones and devices. If you're not taking advantage of the above mobile learning apps, you're missing out!