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    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


    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


    This is 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


    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.

    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


    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


    Oxford Dictionary of English is widely accepted as one of the highest authorities in the study and reference of English language globally, with more than 150 years of research behind it.

    Devices: 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


    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


    Google Earth offers the means to display geographic data from a wide variety of sources together in a geospatial context. This data includes imagery for the entire globe at varying resolutions that contains a great deal of interpretable visual information. Students can use it to find their homes, schools, and other locations that are familiar to them. They can make inferences by comparing familiar places to other locations. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    LinkedIn has launched a new app called LinkedIn Learning, an ambitious e-learning portal tailored to individuals, but also catering to businesses looking to keep training their employees, and beyond that even educational institutions exploring e-learning courses.    

    Devices: Android


    EasyBib is an information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools for students. Using EasyBib's tools, kids can input reference information and have it instantly transformed into any one of the current citation styles (MLA, CMS, etc.). The Citation Guides not only show students what information needs to be included for book, website, or TV show references, but also  where they can find all those details. Students can also save and share papers, create notes, and confirm their source materials all in one place. For teachers who want students to spend more time focused on the meat of their papers and less time nit-picking commas and capital letters on the citations page, EasyBib could be a great classroom resource. For educators, there are a couple of very comprehensive lesson plans on the basics of citation, a blog written by information literacy experts, and professional development webinars. If a school purchases the School or Library Edition, they'll have access to an educator platform that allows teachers to create online classrooms and ways to track student progress. EasyBib's lesson plans would fit in really well to a week or two devoted to research study.  Students in the Internet age may not know what counts as plagiarism; EasyBib clarifies all the rules for them.

    Devices: Android 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


    The complete Encyclopaedia Britannica - the world’s most trusted reference source, enhanced for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    The Dictionary app from dictionary.com is one of the most popular dictionaries for android. One of the reasons for this might be that it's really much more than 'just' a dictionary.  Apart from 375,000 words and definitions and 300,000 synonyms and antonyms, it also offers audio search (which is way cool) and audio pronunciation, so you can learn to speak (better) english on the go.  It also has example sentences, the Word of the Day - which is one of the most popular features - and the Hot Word blog, which we'll leave up to you to find out.  Features of Dictionary.com app 375,000 words and definitions 300,000 synonyms and antonyms audio search audio pronunciation Word of the Day Hot Word blog

    Devices: Android


    Explore your world, find a quick fact, or dive down a Wikipedia rabbit hole with the official Wikipedia app for iOS.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad , Windows


    WordNet dictionary is organized with an innovative and convenient approach. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms, interlinked by means of conceptual-semantic and lexical relations. In addition to the straightforward definition the dictionary shows how each word is linked to other words in terms of synonyms, opposites and similar words, but also hyponyms and hyperlinks within the group.

    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


    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


    B-Rhymes app is a dictionary for finding near rhymes -- words that almost, but don't quite rhyme -- which are also known as 'false rhymes' or 'off rhymes'. If close enough is ok with you, then you'll love B-Rhymes.

    Devices: iPhone iPad