Best Reference Apps in Education

    Speechify is a text-to-speech reader, available for use on desktop or mobile, that will read any text out loud in a natural-sounding voice. Speechify can take the text in any form and turn it into speech with help of high-quality AI voices. Speechify is a very flexible, AI text-to-speech reader. Speechify can read text from PDFs, Google Docs, Kindle books, emails, and more. Speechify is available for free to download on iOS, Android and Mac devices. You can use Speechify on most platforms with most document types. Android and iOS apps give mobile devices native access to the app, while desktops and laptops have access to a Chrome extension, Safari extension or web app. All of the platforms offer a comparable experience tailored to their devices.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Flashcards World is an easy-to-use flashcard app with the features that most students need. Decks and cards can be created in the app or its associated website. Revision sessions track students' progress, and there are multiple modes for using flashcards. The majority of Flashcards World's features work without internet connectivity. Flashcards World is available as a free download on iOS and Android devices. A single in-app purchase unlocks all of the app's features and removes ads.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    ASL POCKET SIGN is an app that has been designed to help users learn American sign language or ASL. The app has been created to help users learn, and become more proficient in using ASL so they can communicate with others who use it if they are deaf or if they need to learn how to teach someone else who is deaf to use ASL. Likewise the app could be used by someone who is already deaf and wants to learn ASL so that they are able to communicate with others too. Through a series of activities the app introduces learners to small, bitesize chunks of learning, hoping to not overload them and keeping it very simple. There are a large number of video tutorials in the app that show someone using ASL correctly with a picture helping to make the link between the ASL and the meaning. This allows the users the ability to tether what they are seeing in the video to something tangible that they will already know, thus helping them to remember the ASL more. The app allows users to check their understanding through a series or study tests that aim to compound the learning they have worked through. There is a vast amount of content in the app too which is split into different lessons such as food, emotions, play and responses all topics that any learner of ASL will need to help them communicate with other users ASL. There are a number of other different aspects in the app too such as a searchable dictionary which shows you a video of your search term. You can also share this through your device with someone else should you wish to. The app also gives a page of the alphabet should you need this for reference and to encourage learning and returning to the app your progress earns you different ‘treasures’ along the way.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    WordReference.com is a popular dictionary app of the world's most popular dictionary translation website. It has a simple layout and one can search the word by typing it into search bar to get the results. WordReference offers multilingual support, providing translations between English and several languages including Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic. WordReference is available for free to download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and Google Play Store for Android. It is also available as Chrome and Firefox extensions and as a Bookmarklet.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    AudiobookSTORE.com makes buying audiobooks easy and offers better value than many alternative options. You make your purchases on the website and listen to them on the iOS or Android apps. If you would like to use the audiobooks in other ways, you are free to download the files and play them in any mp3 compatible software on any computer or device. The books available cover every genre and range from children's books to the latest bestsellers. Each one is an individual purchase at a reasonable price, but a monthly subscription to AudiobookSTORE.com's Flexpass gives you a significant discount on every book you buy. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad Web


    LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform offering video courses taught by industry experts. It is easy to use, accessible 24/7 from any device, and features short programs organized in chapters, typically no longer than 10 minutes. LinkedIn Learning offers mobile apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Glean is a unique productivity app that allows students to take notes in a variety of ways to improve learning and productivity. The application includes features such as classroom recording, highlighted note-taking, note syncing between mobile and web-based platforms, audio note-taking, note organisation and much more. This application is free to download on a trial basis and has a variety of price plans available. The application is available on iOS and a web-based platform and is free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases. The application works in both landscape and portrait mode and is suitable for students who wish to capture academic content for future revision. Glean – ‘The new app that helps you take meaningful notes with minimal effort’.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The TED app is a platform designed for exploring, downloading, and watching TED talks—short, impactful videos by experts and innovators discussing various subjects including technology, entertainment, and design, all within a concise 18-minute frame. TED app is freely available for iOS and Android users, offering unrestricted access to over 3,000 talks in over 100 languages.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    RhymeZone 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. RhymeZone is available to download on iOS and Android devices.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The application Antelope Up is matching pairs brain game teaching children about the five sub-regions of Africa and the Antelope species that live within. The application is suitable for ages 6 and above. There are various levels of difficulty to choose along with information about each antelope species including conservation status, habitat and name pronunciations. Antelope Up is available in a full and light demonstration version. The application does not display any in-app adverts or in-app purchases. It is noted that the application plays in a landscape mode and is available over a number of platforms including the App Store, Google Play, Amazon and Windows.

    Devices: Android, 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


    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 holistic 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


    Pluralsight is an LMS platform which provides digital learning solutions to individuals and businesses. Their library offers a vast collection of courses, paths, collections, interactive courses, and projects along with high-quality video classes. You can use Pluralsight app or player to save its online courses on your mobile device. The app is available for Windows, Android, and iOS mobile devices.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Vedantu is an online tutoring platforms that offers live online lessons for students from grades 6 to 12. The platform enables students to get tutoring from a teacher of their choice, at their own convenient time. Vedantu app offers an intuitive interface that eases learning by bringing together all the learning aspects, including live and conceptual videos and recording for an exceptional learning experience. Vedantu app is available for free to download on Android and iOS devices.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    MyRadar is a easy-to-use weather forecast app that lets you know what the weather forecast is in real-time with animated images on maps. My Radar app is available to download for free on iOS and Android devices.

    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


    Google Earth is a planetary exploration tool that lets you take a virtual trip to anywhere in the world, with tons of photos, information, and other types of interactive displays you can explore. Developed by Google, it is accessible on Android, Apple Mac, Google Chrome, iOS, Linux, and Microsoft Windows devices. 

    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 is a study tool that computes answers based on algorithms and high-level knowledge. 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.  WolframAlpha is available to download on iOS and Android devices. Wolfram Alpha can be accessed via a browser on PCs, laptops and Mac.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    U-Dictionary is a lightweight app for translating more than 30 languages without an Internet connection. But to use it, you will have to download some additional dictionaries depending on the languages you want to translate.

    Devices: Android, 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


    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


    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. Alternative to Timbuktu Magazine: Newsomatic

    Devices: iPhone, iPad