08.11.2011Personal Tech

Education & Learning Apps For Young Learners to College-Bound Students

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We know kids love to play games on smartphones and tablets, but for parents who want to mix in some educational components, check out this list of education and learning apps we put together:

Kid Mode

Kid Mode offers a diverse choice of learning games, art tablet, customizable storybooks and kid-friendly videos.

Designed for children 8 and under, this highly-rated app also allows parents to record a favorite book for later playback to their children.

Price: Free

Available on Android and iPhone

Kids Numbers and Math Lite

This multilingual app designed for preschool children is a simple way for kids to learn numbers and basic math skills including addition, subtraction, and some advanced exercises. Languages include Japanese, French, German, Spanish and Russian.

Price: Free (paid version is also available)

Available on Android

Kids Learn to Read FREE

Kids Learn to Read helps children practice blending sounds together to form small words with games. For a more advanced version, try Kids ABC Phonics.

Price: Free (paid version is also available)

Available on Android

ABC by Paul McDougall

Sweet and simple. Iconic creatures help children learn the alphabet. Profits are used to donate copies of the book version of this application to children’s hospitals and libraries.

Price: $0.99

Available on iPhone

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

For the little ones, this app features a series of games that teach shapes, counting, letters, colors, differences and matching. With unlimited play and virtual awards, the monkeys are sure to keep your preschooler busy.

Price: $0.99 or $1.99

Available on Android and iPhone

Doodlefit

Both a brain teaser and a puzzle game, this app provides shape and color puzzles to complete. More than 100 levels with 250 solutions. Notebook and chalkboard are two new themes.

Price: Free

Available on Android and iPhone

Five Pumpkins

Five Pumpkins makes a series of free apps designed for toddlers and preschoolers. Includes: ABCs, shapes, sight words, colors, numbers, day and months and more.

Price: Free

Available on Android and iPhone

Dictionary.com

A mobile dictionary app with words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms helps keep vocabulary fine tuned. Don’t leave home without one.

Price: Free

Available on Android, BlackBerry and iPhone

Fraction Basics

Fraction Basics is a free video app outlining the basics behind fractions; packed with 12 computer animated tutorials from simply understanding fractions to dividing fractions.

Price: Free

Available on iPhone

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee can help improve your child’s vocabulary and spelling skills. With more than 2,300 English words, this is ideal for older children, but is also great for adults.

Price: $0.99

Available on Android

U.S. Presidents

Plenty of historical information on past presidents; includes years in office, birthplace, vice presidents, and more. The quiz mode is perfect for history buff parents and older kids learning United States history.

Price: Free

Available on Android

Algebra Tutor

Algebra Tutor helps with algebra problems, allowing users to see where a mistake was made. The app includes 10 math lessons and 13 practice topics. Perfect for young teens.

Price: Free

Available on Android

Cole’s Calculus Review

Created by a math tutor, content suited for high school and university-level courses. Includes a handy reference to textbook formulas, including derivatives, integrals, and other equations.

Price: Free

Available on Android

OverDrive Media Console

OverDrive Media Console puts 13,000 libraries worldwide on your smartphone. Users can access eBooks and audio books available at the library, just like borrowing hard copies. Browse your library’s digital collection and check out with a valid card. (Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period.)

Price: Free

Available on Android, Blackberry, WP7 and iPhone