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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


    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 an application for smartphones and tablets that lets you know what the weather forecast is in real-time with animated images on maps. My Radar app download is available for iOS and for Android devices.

    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    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.

    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


    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. WordReference is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and Google Play for Android. 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, 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


    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


    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


    Try this free Driving Theory Test and check your knowledge of the UK road rules. This app will help you get ready for your theory test exam. Just make sure you practise each theory test category and mock theory test exam, before you go to your official test. 

    Devices: Android


    The Cambridge School Dictionary app is the perfect study companion for students studying other subjects through English.It includes vocabulary from all the main CLIL and International GCSE topics - from biology to economics and from IT to literature - to give you the confidence and support you need to learn in English, whatever the subject.

    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


    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