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Best Reference Apps in Education

    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


    Wikipanion provides all the basic access to Wikipedia and Wiktionary that you'd expect, formatting articles perfectly and retaining all the rich multimedia content you could wish for. On longer articles, the ability to jump straight to section headings is a great timesaver and likewise it's great to be able to quickly pull up a list of all the other articles within similar categories.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    A truly affordable bilingual dictionary given its wide range of regional and colloquial terminology, this is a must within the medical field.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    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


    DIY app is the blended learning version of the maker faire. This app offers project ideas, tutorial videos, challenges and contests to encourage and support all students to become “makers” on their own time and on their own terms, following their own passions. 

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Prepare for your theory test online by completing free practice tests with the app. UK Driving Theory Test app provides excellent preparation for the official theory test. 

    Devices: Android


    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


    Walking With Dinosaurs is a great choice as a reference app for dinosaur enthusiasts of any age, and wins our Editors' Choice as an educational iPad app. BBC Worldwide and its BBC Earth team have collaborated with the original developer to bring this comprehensive interactive dinosaur encyclopedia to the iPad. 

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    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


    EasyBib is an information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools for students. Using EasyBib's tools, students can input reference information and have it instantly transformed into any one of the current citation styles (MLA, CMS, etc.).

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    The Encyclopaedia Britannica app continues a long tradition: The encyclopedia goes back to the Scottish Enlightenment and has been published since 1768. Production of the printed version was discontinued three years ago, and since then it has only been available online - or as an app. This is modern and pleasantly designed and can be operated easily and intuitively thanks to the well thought-out structure. As the only app of the lexicon and knowledge apps tested by us, the "Encyclopaedia Britannica" has a complete alphabetical index as well as an excellent full-text search: In the results list not only all articles with the searched term are displayed, but also separately all associated images .

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s play and learning in and outside of the classroom.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    SmartCards is more than a flashcard system. It’s able to learn what you know and remember what you forget. You’re able to create your own set of flashcards with text images and sound, or import pre-made decks from flashcard programs like Anki and Quizlet. Then review your cards to commit them to longterm memory. SmartCards learns from your mistakes and suggests daily reviews based on your performance. The app includes real-time cloud syncing, smart keyboard switching for language learners, and iPad split screen support.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    The Urban Dictionary app is a crowdsourced slang dictionary that records new words and their meanings. Part of Urban Dictionary’s app is its informal approach, which allows both definitions and descriptions of slang and non slang words.    A voting system allows users to share on Facebook, Twitter, email and other services to show admiration or disdain, revealing words’ popularity. Urban Word of the Day allows the user to learn new words quickly.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Collins English dictionary app is intended for grades 12+ and general business users. It is stuffed full of over 500,000 words, and also covers world, regional, and dialect English. Collins English Dictionary Unabridged includes the latest vocabulary based on their database of over 2.5 billion words that is constantly updated. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Encyclopedia by Farlex gives you free, instant access to more than 330,000 articles, over 77,000 audio pronunciations, and 24,000 images, all from the most trusted sources, including McGraw-Hill, Harper-Collins, Columbia University Press, Cambridge University Press, and more—all in one app!

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    ACT Flashcards from Magoosh were designed by experts on the test and updated for the latest content on the ACT. They cover the essential English, math, and science knowledge students need to know and are a confidence-boosting supplement to practice questions. The app is built with a smart algorithm that adapts to you; once terms are mastered they are removed from the pool so you can focus on the concepts you still need to learn. Your progress is synced across devices so you can switch between phone, iPad, and web for convenient studying wherever you are. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Toppr is an after-school learning app that provides learning courses and entrance exam tutoring. Toppr helps students learn and practice at home. It is a supplement to school learning in India.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Ginger’s renowned AI-based Grammar and Spell Checker helps you write better and faster.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    With the claim that they’ll give you back your test fee if you fail your theory test after using the app, the Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 Kit is cheaper than taking your test again. Updated with more theory questions from 2020 than any other app, and including unlimited mock tests, you’ll easily feel confident by the time you take our theory test with this app.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    An app licensed by the DVSA, the Driving Theory Test 2020 app combines six apps in one. It covers car, motorcycle, LGV, PCV and ADI theory tests, as well as the hazard perception test. The Driving Theory Test 2020 app also includes your own personal trainer who works out which questions you struggle with the most, and helps you to review them later.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The official app from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency contains everything you need to pass your theory test the first time around. It includes the Official Highway Code, interactive hazard perception video clips and extra tips and tricks. It’s not free, but it’s well worth the £4.99 it costs.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    English Dictionary - Offline is exactly what its name suggests: a dictionary that you don't need an Internet connection to use. With it, you can look up any word without Wi-Fi or 3G.

    Devices: Android