Educational technology in the past years has evolved so rapidly that learners no longer have to be confined within the walls of a class room in other to learn. More so, the use of mobile applications on mobile devices has become one of the best things that happened to education, as it provided the opportunity for learning on-the-go.
Now you can use your smartphones and tablets to learn new skills using educational apps. There is no limit to what you can learn, either it is basic mathematics, science or more advanced skills like computer programming. With educational apps, learning has been made easily accessible and more interesting for learners of all ages.
But there are thousands of these educational apps on the mobile app stores. And not all of them are good enough, especially for kids. So it is somestimes a big task for parents and techers to make a choice of the right app for their kids or pupil. This write up is to present to you some educatonal apps we found to be very valuable and interesting, with well defined learning path.
The selection was based on experience while using some of them and the online review of cross section of teachers and parents who have been using some of the apps.
Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning app. It offers a fun and intuitive game interface for learners. And it has a well-structured range of exercises to help a student build a base understanding of a range of languages or review a language you know. Its unique features and clear structure make it an interesting platform to learn new languages.
It has courses in about 34 languages that is only counting the ones that use English as the language of instruction. There are other language courses that do not use English as base language.
Duolingo started out as a free and has maintained that free offering by remaining ad-supported. Though it offers a paid membership called Duolingo. The Plus membership removes ads and costs $12.99 per month
Grasshopper is the coding app for beginners. It is a user-friendly app designed for those who are entirely new to coding, to teach them quick programming lessons on their phone. Grasshopper is part of ‘Code with Google’ program which comes as free to use app. The app helps its users learn coding fundamentals using Java Script.
The app features fun, quick coding puzzles, quizzes, and lessons. These features are presented in an interesting visual format and these visuals develop a user’s problem-solving skills and solidify coding concepts.
It is a fun way of learning programming and because it is designed basically for newbies in programming, it would be a perfect app for kids and pupils who desire to learn coding.
Grasshopper is available for free on Android and IOS.
Lightbot is a coding app that uses game mechanics that rooted in programming concepts to introduce learners to programming. It presents teaching through easily ramped up challenges that gets tougher as you go up. It is designed to teach kids logic and patience while learning to code.
Kids and learners can get on a quick programming in a fun way by just playing an actual game!
The app lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like instruction sequencing, procedures and loops, just by guiding a robot with instructions to light up tiles and solve levels.
Light-bot for Hour of Code is meant to introduce kids who have no experience whatsoever about programming, and is all-ages friendly! That means anyone can have fun and learn real programming logic!
Kids move a robot along a Q*bert-style maze by dragging commands into place, lighting up specified tiles as they go in LIGHTBOT. Completing one level unlocks a more challenging level that introduces new programming concepts. Light-bot – Hour of Code features 18 levels and is suitable for players of any age.
The app has paid and free versions for Android and iOS devices
Todo Math is a game-based mathematics app that help kids learn foundational concepts in mathematics at an individual pace. It breaks the learning down into easy steps and creates a visual picture of the concept. Students quickly learn how to use the app and play the different games.
The app uses visual manipulatives to show kids how addition, subtraction and division works. Learners use manipulatives such as shapes or cookies to solve maths problems.
Todo Math game allows kids to drag and drop answers into place or write them using their fingers. This helps accommodate kids with different learning abilities.
The app has Android and iOS versions with in-app purchases and subscription.
Science 360 is a high-quality science and engineering news and information app published by the National Science Foundation. It has many videos that will appeal to adventure and science loving kids- videos which include scientists interacting with jellyfish or mathematicians studying how snakes move to help create new mechanical engineering programs
It is a wonderful app with well organised, easy to find pictures, graphics and video. It has hand icon feature on the grid which provides easy access to its four main navigation options – two finger tap, tap anywhere, pinch grid and drag grid
Science 360 is an explorer’s delight. The app moves like a sphere when you slide your finger along the screen.
The app is free and has versions for Android and iOS devices.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
The app covers several subject areas such as math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, including test preparation
Khan Academy app focuses on skill mastery to help learners establish strong foundations. It is a free non-profit project of the Khan Academy foundation.
It is a reliable and highly useful platform for academic learning. The app has well-articulated training videos and is delivered based on the learning ability of the user rather than age. So, anyone can learn!
Khan Academy has the app version for kids called Khan Academy Kids. The Khan Academy Kids app several fun activities that engages the learner. It is available for Android and iOS devices.
Epic! is subscription-based, digital reading and learning platform for kids. It offers access to endless books, videos and more. It is the number one children’s digital library for kids, offering access to over 40,000 high-quality books for kids, learning videos, reading quizzes.
Epic app has Thoughtfully created contents with engaging stories and fun characters and most families love it! This app brings a diverse, huge, searchable virtual library of kids’ books, with visually beautifully graphic novels, read-to-me picture books, and longer audio books, toyour kids’ fingertips.
YouTube Kids offers a range of educational videos for the pre-K and early elementary school-age set.
It provides a more contained environment for kids to explore YouTube and makes it easier for parents and caregivers to guide their journey.
YouTube Kids gives families an easy way to watch their favourite shows, anytime. It is free, simple to use, and full of family-friendly videos.
The app has a feature that the user can use to narrow video selection, saving time searching for the right video. Also, you can adjust the settings to a specific age group (preschool, younger, or older kids). It is available for Android and iOS devices
Vocabulary SpellingCity is a word game app designed to help kids learn spelling and improve vocabulary and grammar skills
The app offers vocabulary, phonics, spelling and writing practice to master word study through engaging online games, and helps to build literacy skills in a fun and engaging way
Vocabulary Spelling City is avaible for Android and iOS devices.
Dragonbox is a fun game that secretly teaches your kids Algebra. It is perfect to give kids a head starts in Mathematics.
It teaches kids to basic algebra concepts by having them drag and drop little “cards” on two trays. The aim is to isolate a sparkling box by itself, which is analogous to solving for x. The algebraic concepts are presented in a way that makes them seem like rules to a game rather than mathematical concepts.