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Our latest app reviews will help you discover which are the right fit for your children or students. Find the very best Android and iOS/iPad apps from a performance and educational value perspective, and read app reviews from the Educational App Store’s certified teachers who have tested and and used them.

    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 , iPad


    Little Robot Shapes and Colors is a beautifully designed collection of games designed to help young children develop shape and colour matching skills.  It provides an unpressured environment and a calm play experience that children will enjoy using to learn.

    Devices: iPad


    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 , iPad


    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: iPad


    This app is aimed at creating a world language to make communication easier for people travelling between countries. The goal of the app is to introduce the language to users and help, through a series of lessons, users learn and become proficient in the language itself. The lessons are broken down into a simple set of processes similar to how any other language would be learned and uses many techniques to help the user become as proficient as possible with the language.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Note Quest is a great app which helps people of all ages to learn and revise 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: iPad


    This is a literacy based app that is aimed at helping young children who are taking their first steps in learning how to read and write. Based on a large amount of research the app has been developed to provide children with the best approach in learning how to first formulate letters and shapes and then how to create letters as part of words. The research behind the app has also created the best approach for children as they learn how to create letters. This app could be used as both a school and home learning app as the learning that is undertaking through it could be applied to either usage.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Colouring in is calming, enjoyable and prompts creative thinking.  PicoToONs brings the experience of physical colouring books to electronic devices and adds some extra graphical flourishes to distinguish it from the paper versions.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    If you would like to help your child to build or expand their musical education you cannot go wrong with Mussila. It is fun, comprehensive, and educationally well designed.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Pictoword is an exciting game with an addictive premise, where two related picture clues must be connected together to find the right word. For every right puzzle, you can win coins, so in-app purchases can be avoided. The puzzles can be shared on Facebook, so you can seek help from friends if needed. While Pictoword is much more of an entertainment app, it does offer players a chance to test their logic and problem solving skills with each puzzle. There is also a spelling component that provides good practice for players as they must spell each word correctly in order to complete the puzzle.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Pocket Family is a whole lot of fun with its engaging and non-violent game play.  If you want your children to have a fun diversion that engages their brain and not just their reflexes, this might be just the game you want.

    Devices: Android


    Versatile is one word to describe the ABCya learning games included in this app.  They work  across every mainstream device, they cover multiple educational topics, and deliver a broad range of game styles to test and develop children's learning.  Excellent would be another word.

    Devices: Android , iPad


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