Saturday, April 27, 2013

Last year we presented “New: 10 of the best Apple apps for education in 2012,” which highlighted some of the best apps for iPhones and iPods. However, with new upgrades in touch technology, and the emphasis on Common Core State Standards and school reform in general, we’ve come up with a new list of the best Apple- and Android-based education apps for 2013.
This year’s list includes some of the most highly rated apps, both by educators and by parents, and features a range that spans from interactive iBooks to current images of the universe, and from free video software to award-winning STEM curricula.
For every app we’ve listed, we’ve included a brief description, device compatibility, suggested use, features, price, and a link to a more in-depth summary with an option to purchase on iTunes or Google Play.
Don’t see an app you love on this list? Be sure to let us know—or leave a suggestion in the comment section.
(Apps are listed in alphabetical order.)

Name: Animoto
What is it? Turns photos into professional-quality videos, complete with music and text. Choose photos, video clips, music, and video style. Users can easily share their creations.
Best for: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5; Requires Android 2.2 and up.
Price: FREE
Rated: 4+
  • Multiple video styles, large music library and the ability to add text to your video.
  • Preview and edit your video before producing it.
  • View videos within the app and on Animoto’s site.
  • Easily share your videos via email, text, Facebook and Twitter or save to your Camera Roll.
  • Upgrade to unlimited full length videos within the app.



Name: HMH FUSE Algebra 1
What is it? HMH Fuse Algebra 1 Common Core Edition gives every student a personalized learning experience using video tutorials, MathMotion step-by-step examples, homework help, quizzes, tips, hints, and many other integrated features to teach, review, and assess all concepts. Winner of the “Distinguished Achievement” Award in the category of Mobile Device Application honoring “outstanding resources for teaching and learning” presented by the Association of Educational Publishers.
Best for: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Price: FREE
Rated: 4+
  • The ability for students to show their scratch pad work for individual questions on the assessments, student response system (clickers), and Graph It! examples
  • An all-in-one app with built-in tools including Algebra Tiles, Linear Explorer, Quadratic Explorer, a graphing calculator, text and audio note-taking, scratchpad, and a student response system for instant learner feedback.
  • Teachers can access all assessment results in an on-line Teacher Resource Center and prescribe remediation or intervention as needed.


[Android] May soon be available. Keep checking the HMH FUSE website:

Name: Oxford Picture Dictionary, Second Edition
What is it? The Oxford Picture Dictionary app provides instant access, anytime and anywhere, to the bestselling picture dictionary. Use the app alone or paired with the print dictionary to provide the perfect vocabulary solution for your students.
Best for: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Price: $9.99
Rated: 4+
  • Introduce students to 4,000 terms, organized into 12 thematic units, including Everyday Language, People, Housing, Food and Recreation, and more. Each unit includes phrases and expressions from everyday life that help put words and images in context.
  • Engage students with vibrant art and an easy-to-use format.
  • Provide students with unlimited independent practice and multiple exposures to the terms.
  • The zoom-in/zoom-out feature allows students to better experience the vocabulary within each scene and image.
  • Bookmark any entry to easily search for terms.
  • Use the search function, to quickly look up any term in the dictionary.
Link: [Apple]


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