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Best Reference Apps in Education

    Solar System Scope is a visually-impressive app about the objects that exist within our solar system.  It is available on iOS and Android mobile devices and can be downloaded to a PC.  A version is also available as a web-app. The app is suitable for children of all ages who are interested in space.  If this Solar System Scope app review whets your appetite, you can assess it for yourself using a free version before upgrading to remove advertisements and to unlock the extra detail of high-resolution imagery.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    All the World is a video-based service that delivers a very wholistic array of topics to young children.  Covering both classroom and general interest topics, it provides a great basis for children's future learning.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Oxford Dictionary of English is a free dictionary app that gives you access to more than 350,000 words, phrases and meanings. Oxford Dictionary of English app also offers audio pronunciation for 75,000 words, both common and rare, including those words with varying pronunciations. While it’s used for understanding the basic meaning of words, this English dictionary app provides you with immediate translations, definitions, and several other features. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Byju is a comprehensive learning programs for school students aged 4 - 18 years in India. BYJU’s app is used by over 15 million students from around the world. The app offers multiple learning platforms for competitive exams like CAT, GRE, GMAT, NEET & JEE and even IAS.  Byju's free mobile app is easy to use and videos can be downloaded to your mobile device for later viewing offline if preferred. You can download Byju's app on Android and iOS devices.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Rhyme Zone iOS app is a powerful language resource and rhyming dictionary. If you're looking for a rhyme, near rhyme, synonym, antonym, homophone, similar sounding words, words with the same consonant pattern, or other related words such as generalizations, specializations, and words that appear in the same context, then RhymeZone is the perfect iPhone and iPad app to help you find the right word.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    WhoKnew is an amusing and engaging app designed to deliver interesting and unusual facts, these facts are accompanied by excellent graphics and illustrations related to the facts that help the user remember the individual suggest for facts. Each fact is presented randomly and there are over four hundred of them. Each fact can be snapshot so that you can share them with your friends and family. Overall a good app when you consider this is the first launch of a budding programmer.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    WolframAlpha app provides information about genomics, molecular biology, human anatomy, neuroscience and individual animals and plants. Using the computational power behind WolframAlpha, you can solve problems involving physics, chemistry, engineering, computational sciences and many other domains. Wolfram Alpha has extensive knowledge related to science and technology. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The TED app is a tool for browsing, downloading, and viewing TED talks, the acclaimed short videos that feature thought leaders expounding on topics from technology, entertainment, design, and other disciplines in 18 minutes or less. 

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Commonly known as the world’s most comprehensive dictionary. You can use the dictionary and encyclopaedia in 14 languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, and Russian amongst others). This is an excellent “wiki” style resource which can act as a reference app in order to encourage fresh connections between ideas, experiences texts and words. The app can serve as dictionary, thesaurus, translation tool and encyclopaedia. There are also a few games within the app that pupils may like to play in order to expand their vocabulary and spelling. Encouraging pupils to use it as a resource to begin searching for things would be an interesting activity for the classroom or homework.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    A fantastically-designed app to encourage healthy eating.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Tree of life is an app that allows the user to investigate the family level phylogenetic tree of all organisms allowing users to investigate the evolution history of the bio-diversity off all species. This is a app of huge depth and breadth of learning and to say that the content is exhaustive is a major understatement as the app refers to over 2,000 organisms.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    GCSE German Prep Flashcards is a helpful revision aid that can be used anywhere. Great for quick sessions on the bus, or just before going to bed, this app will help you form quick associations between a key term and its meaning. More progress tracking options would be a great plus, but this app has received an EAS Certification of 5 Stars.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    TED stands for ‘Technology, Entertainment, Design’ and its free official Android app brings you more than 1,500 academic ‘talks’ consisting of short speeches and demonstrations closely related to their ‘ideas worth spreading’ concept. With talks, usually up to 20 minutes long, from ‘some of the world's most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends’ you will be kept entertained, informed, engaged and amused. A 5 star EAS Certification and the EAS Recommended status.

    Devices: Android


    WordReference.com is one of the popular dictionary app for Android which has all the features that it has in their website. It has a simple layout and one can search the word by typing it into search bar to get the results. The app supports several languages, as they say, English to and from: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Arabic. You just got to choose the language you want and write the desired word. The results will appear as in the website and if you're not happy with them, you can always check out the forum posts and ask your doubts there. The only concern is that you need an internet connection to look for the definitions. Hyperlinks for Merriam-Webster and dictionary.com are shown at the bottom if you need more definitions about the word.

    Devices: Android


    Maths Formulas app has a staggering amount of information – If you’re studying maths at high school or University, and want reference guide for formulas, this is definitely the app for you.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Timbuktu Magazine is a great variety “magazine-games” app that will keep Primary School children entertained for hours. Just like the Children’s Features section in a Sunday newspaper, the app has a range of games, stories, ideas for activities, science knowledge, literacy and numeracy practice. The app empowers children to embrace learning as a fun activity. The content and quality of the app is very high and we have given the app an EAS Certification of 5 and EAS recommended status.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Dictionary(dot)com app has two easily interchangeable modes: dictionary and thesaurus. The search box with voice recognition button (microphone) is present at the top of all pages. The main page lets users choose and read daily (and previous) updates, view recent searches, and access saved words.   Dictionary.com is a pretty darn convenient way to improve spelling, vocabulary, and knowledge with modern bells and whistles not possible in a traditional book format -- voice recognition, daily updates, favorites, and search history.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Merriam-Webster, one of the best-known publishing houses for reference books in the world, has a mobile version of its popular dictionary, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. A dictionary targeted at high school age students and up. It contains over 2,000 new words and is based on the Merrriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It can be used for defining words, pronunciation, and part of speech. Download the world's most widely used monolingual dictionary now.

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    Over 300,000 alternative words cover everyday vocabulary as well as more unusual and specialist words, alongside a clear indicator of informal, dialect, literary, and technical items. Other useful features include thousands of example phrases helping you to select the correct word, with opposites and related terms clearly marked.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Word Vault stores all the words you want to remember and helps you to internalize them. Mundane, exotic, functional, highfalutin: amass a cache of words you love.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    iTranslate Voice currently supports 42 languages for both translation and dictionary services. Just speak the phrase or word you want to translate and iTranslate Voice speaks the target language. If you are misunderstood, you can tap the pencil to correct iTranslate Voice. AirTranslate lets you pair with someone else wirelessly who also has iTranslate Voice installed. You can both speak your native languages and let iTranslate Voice take care of the rest.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    This app shows you the path that the sun will take through the sky on any day of the year for your current location. It also has a handy data screen that tells you sunrise, sunset, golden hour and twilight times.

    Devices: Android


    ColorDict Dictionary allows you to search for words in Wikipedia, Wordnet and StarDict. It is a quick search online & offline dictionaries available at once.

    Devices: Android


    Famous Painting is the online resource to learn about the works of classic artists like Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and van Gogh. 

    Devices: Android


    The Longman Collocations Dictionary and Thesaurus is a unique blend of two dictionaries, helping learners of English to choose the correct word and collocation every time. The 6th edition of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English is the complete online vocabulary and grammar resource for students and teachers.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad