Educational apps and utilities, such as the Verizon Wireless Educational Tools, play an increasingly important role in furthering students’ learning and enhancing their coursework. Here are some top picks for helping keep students’ minds active and engaged outside the classroom.
- Quizlet is a free education site that provides a wealth of personalized study tools. The site’s mobile app syncs with users’ Quizlet accounts, giving them access to their study sets while on the go. Students and parents can also search Quizlet’s database of more than 50 million flash card sets to find learning content already created and available for their use.
- Duolingo is widely praised as the best free language app on the market, offering study help for six languages. It’s gotten rave reviews from outlets including The Wall Street Journal, and was PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice for Language Learning. Duolingo helps students learn a new language in a fun and interactive way, and can be an excellent complement to what they’re being taught in school.
- The myHomework Student Planner focuses on the organizational aspect of learning, helping students and parents keep track of upcoming assignments and projects. The myHomework Student Planner allows students to plan their week with a homework organizer, student planner, class schedule and homework calendar all built into one app.
- Khan Academy is at the forefront of the online education trend, which is taking learning online with massive open online course (MOOC) sites. The site’s app lets you access Khan Academy’s complete library of more than 4,200 videos and articles covering a number of topics, from K-12 math to science to the humanities.
- PBS KIDS Video gives you access to the PBS programs your kids love, like Curious George, SUPER WHY! and Sesame Street – all from your phone or tablet. PBS KIDS also offers a variety of educational apps based on their popular shows and characters for younger learners.
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