Whether you’re involved in kindergarten or college, learning how to cope in a digital world is quickly becoming essential. Starting as early as elementary school, we’re learning how to use computers and gadgets undreamed of just a generation ago. As the availability of Apple devices to members of the younger generation grows, introducing them to iPhone apps to help further their education can make a world of difference in enhancing their studies. Students young and old can benefit from iPhone apps that are designed to help them excel.
I’m currently perusing a degree at college and use most of these apps on a daily basis to remember all of the new things I’m learning and help me study for my tests. Some of these apps even help further my education outside of the classroom by letting me explore subjects in which I’m interested. I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 applications to download that can help with your education; some of these are free, but the paid ones are well worth it.
iTunes U is an Apple-made application available both on the iPhone and iPad with content from some of the most prestigious universities around the world; it helps students learn about subjects and follow them more closely. It features a wide array of subjects from the most basic of math courses to the highly complicated science courses that will make your head spin. The iPad version of iTunes U features more interactivity by allowing for note taking and use of more media sources.
Universer Unit Converter is one of my most recommended apps because there is always that one unit that I can’t convert in my head. The app is jam-packed with almost everything that you could need to convert anything under the sun. The United States is not on the metric system and some of my courses in college use the metric system over the imperial, so constantly I need to be converting one source to the other.
Where would we be with out flash cards? I don’t have the best of memory and I need the occasional nudge to keep my speeches on track when presenting. Flash cards also help me study for tests by letting me write terms on one side and definitions on the other. This is the same concept but in digital form: Fill out a virtual card on one side and use the reverse of the card to write on the back. Using Flashcards+, I can study for tests without wasting money on physical cards.
Learning is a day by day process; with Vocabology you can get daily vocabulary lessons on new words. It not only helps you build upon your existing vocabulary, but it gives you a challenge to use the word sometime during that day in context. I don’t know how many times I’ve woken up and opened up the app to learn a new word and challenge myself to use that word at least once that day.
Possibly one of the most well-known education conferences known to man, TED brings educators from all around the world to converge and have intriguing conversations. The app can search by subject and if you’re researching for a project or trying to understand a subject, it’s a great place to start and learn about whatever you’re trying to learn. TED has not only been used by me, but even teachers of mine to help my fellow students and meunderstand courses and further our knowledge.
Homework is my enemy; I get so much of it that I can’t keep track of it all in my head. iHomework keeps me organized with assignments, courses, readings, and reminders. Possibly one of the more powerful apps that I’ve come across, iHomework allows me to organize all of my college life including reminders for tests and it alerts me when homework is due. The application is also available in the Mac App Store as a desktop app and it syncs between the two.
Thou shan’t fail when getting this app. In school, one of hardest things to wrap my head around was Shakespeare and the Elizabethan English that he used to write his works. With No Fear Shakespeare, you have a mobile library of all of his works accompanied by translations of what he’s actually talking about. If you’re just getting started out, or still don’t understand Shakespeare after years, try this out.
If you’re not fond of entering in your own flash cards, Dictionary.com has a library full of pre-made flash cards on almost every subject. The flash cards in the app are generalized and don’t get into anything too specific, but are great for reviewing and freshening up on a subject.
This is by far my favorite app; Salman Khan started out making videos for his friends to teach them how to do math equations and help them learn. Now it has blossomed into a massive collection of videos on every subject under the sun that are easy to under stand and follow. I have personally used Khan Academy to help me with math; it’s not my strongest subject and, I’ll admit it, I struggled.
For all you free app downloaders who don’t want to pay for the iHomework app, there’s myHomework, which keeps your academic calendar, homework, and classes organized and synced with the cloud. I used this app before I found iHomework and loved using it. It has great multitasking support and is universal to the iPhone and iPad. I picked this app above all others because of its Web interface to access when I don’t have my iPhone. Optionally, the app recently came with in-app purchases and the ability to sync between different iDevices, receiving push notifications about homework, and Facebook support.
All the apps listed here are my recommendations after using the apps myself. This is just a short list of all the available apps; if you have any education app recommendations, leave them in the comments below for everyone else to see.