іLearn and iTeach: Best Education Apps for iPhone
There’s more to the Internet than just social talk, politicians tweeting and online gaming. In fact, it offers unlimited access to knowledge, with lots of books, studies, and programs available. Your iPhone is the key to better education, by yourself or in your class. Here are 10 best education apps already appreciated by pros as well as self-educators, funny and serious, social and private, linguistic, astronomical and general.
iTunes U is a special project meant for both education and self-education. A professional teacher or course-writer can make it a base for a series of lectures or practical lessons, integrating documents, links, apps, videos, podcasts and all the forms of delivering information. Its communicating facilities are sufficient to deliver the information to students and colleagues the teacher needs to interact with. In fact, iTunes U to the learning process is what iTunes is to content of your iPhone or iPad.
With iTunes U teacher can stream the course to a class or pay most attention to a single student, add content to virtual lectures and add notes to documents and various data.
A student equipped with iTunes U gets notified about all appointments and new incoming materials, so there’s no need to track them manually. It’s a channel to send a student’s work to the instructor, as any file type it requires. It also keeps the story of your past appointments with instructor’s notes and lets the class talk shop within it.
Last but not least, iTunes U is an excellent tool for self-education, with authorized courses from colleges and museums worldwide.
As the Internet has overflown the borders, we communicate with other language speakers more and more. Learning languages is among the most important social skills you need to master by yourself, and Duolingo is a great assistant. It offers structured courses on many languages (with English as a basic one), organized the most convenient way to learn on the go, so it feels like you’re playing a game. The daily lesson can be learned in 15 minutes, wherever you are (unless you’re not easy to speak and listen at the moment, but these exercises can be done in any quiet place).
Duolingo courses concentrate on the most practical vocabulary and at the same time offer good plans for mastering grammar and the basics of how the language functions. It provides 30+ languages to learn, and daily practice with Duolingo requires nothing but what you already have in your pocket. Paid options are offered constantly, but they’re not that necessary.
Remind: School Communication
As you study in a class, you’ll sometimes need to communicate with your class fellows even outside it. You forgot the next appointment day or time, you want somebody to help you understand some complicated equation in math or chemistry, you plan a surprise party for somebody’s birthday, and so on. Remind is a tool that connects students within a class or a college. Remind supports videos and photos exchange, so you can just snap a page with a problem, and your mate can send back a video with explanations.
Remind supports both private and group messaging, and it keeps the whole history on its clouds. Due to SMS limitations (critical to notify those who don’t appear online in time or don’t use smartphones), a message is limited to 140 characters. But the service works on plans able to overcome this limitation.
If you want to separate your academic life from your private side, Remind is a perfect border, as it doesn’t share your private data without your permission. Instead, you can communicate within its protected space.
Optical character recognition and an advanced calculator makes a powerful app named Photomath. Its most apparent mission is solving arithmetical problems by just scanning them with your camera; then OCR engine does its job and passes the result to the calculator. And you get the result in a blink of an eye.
But that would be just a magic trick without more power. The app offers step-by-step guides in solving different types of problems, detailed explanations of examples, graph-building engine, and so on. Everyone can benefit from this brilliant math machine, no matter if you’re a student, a parent, or a teacher. Teachers have developed the methodical section, and it’s meant to explain. But still, it all starts with a camera trick.
One of the most efficient ways to learn something deeper is using flashcards. Easy to take out and to bring wherever you go, they provide you a constant exam, and your knowledge roots down. Quizlet is a tool for making virtual flashcards and playing with them to fix your comprehension. As a versatile tool, flashcard learning is the one any subject benefits from.
You can either create your own flashcards or search within Quizlet’s multimillion database (but it would be fair of you to create some of your own and contribute). There is also a tool for exchanging your flashcards with other contacts (your friends or classmates), a set of games to play with your flashcards, and a Premium set that expands your freedom even greater.
If Apple does something new, Google gets here too (and vice versa), and education apps make no exception. Classroom is a service for the teachers, meant to organize the studying process better. It supports communication both between teachers and students and between teachers.
Students benefit from his app too. A student can subscribe to assignments page created with Classroom to keep in touch with the grid. Classroom can also transfer students’ work to the teacher, so they can see the students’ progress. Students can also contact their classmates right within the app. The service behind this app has a lot more features, so the name is correct: it’s a real virtual classroom.
Lumosity: Daily Brain Games
Whatever you learn, the learning is done by your brain, with its cognitive abilities, and to avoid getting dumb and stiff, everyone needs to keep them in a good shape. Lumosity offers you daily sets of exercises to train your brain. The games and exercises featured here are various, from purely mathematical or logical problems to meditation, including new experimental types.
Made as small amusing games, the missions of Lumosity, in fact, activate various zones of your brain, responsible for different cognitive functions. It’s been developed by a large team of programmers and scientists specializing in cognitive and neuroscience. So with this app, you play little games, kill some time, and confront time killing you.
This free app is meant for building a community based on a school class. Students, teachers, and parents are welcome to communicate in this Dojo, where the atmosphere is warm and encouraging. Not bound particularly to any subject or science, ClassDojo covers the whole learning process. It stores a lot of versatile teacher’s tools, like a timer, noise meter, radio, randomizer, pair share tool, and so on. So it saves a lot of time for learning and teaching.
When out of classes, teachers can use it to communicate with students or parents privately or publicly (for example, if a teacher wants to praise a kid, it’s better to do in public, and criticizing works better when in private). It also has all the tools for students to make presentations and other school works they're required to. And it combines the learning process into a photo and video stream that parents can see when the kids are home after school or courses.
Of course, there are many other ways to use ClassDojo, from party games to conferences, but its primary mission is to make the school warmer.
Peak - Brain Training
Playing is the best way to learn. Especially when you train your brain’s basic abilities instead of learning something certain. Peak is the collection of games and exercises that won’t let your cognitive abilities fade. So train your memory, your language skills, attention, concentration, coordination, creativity, mental agility and emotion control with Peak to climb even higher.
The game the app offers have been developed by programmers and neuroscientists that know exactly how each of them works. Brief explanations are included.
To make your choice from 40+ games the app contains, you can contact your inner Coach. This feature will select the right type of game that will do you right at this exact time. If your friends like Peak too, you can have competition in certain types of games. You can play them anytime and anywhere; some of the featured games are even supported by Apple Watch. So, as users say, it’s highly recommended to anyone struggling.
What always inspired humankind is the sky, the space around the Earth. The ancients used their primitive tools and their bright minds to collect the basis of our knowledge. Scientific exploration from Galileo and Kepler and further on showed the world beyond the visible to some consecrate ones. Today your iPhone tells the mystery of the stars you see (and of those you can’t see now, too).
The lite version of SkyView is still a powerful astronomy tool for amateurs that want to know more of stars and constellations above… and below too. Armed with a large database and augmented reality technologies, the app draws lines and writes captions on wherever in the sky you aim your camera. There’s even more: the app can show what the sky looked like on a specific date, or even recreate the spots from popular books and movies, like a settlement on the Moon described in Andy Weir’s Artemis.
Such an enhanced stargazing experience may revolutionize your views, but even if it doesn’t, it’s still a very romantic type of edutainment.
Have you used any of these, or, maybe, other education apps? Did your learning process benefit from them? Have you experienced some acceleration of your progress? Share your experience to help others learn from you.