What are the best mobile apps out there for students?

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Sept. 7, 2013 at 4:07 a.m.

Mobile devices are slowly becoming commonplace items in the classroom.

The Cuero school district will soon be distributing iPads to its students for the first time this year.

A handful of Victoria school district teachers have iPads to aid them with instruction.

The Victoria West High School debate club was recently awarded with a grant for iPads to use at competitions.

And the Trinity Episcopal School uses iPads with its students.

As the installation of iPads in the classroom progresses, the number of education-related applications has grown. The iTunes App Store has an education tab on the front screen.

We decided to check out some of the free apps and took some suggestions from our readers on what apps they think are good for learning.

Here's a look at what some of the best applications are out there for students of all ages.

Primary grades

Todo K-2 Math Practice - This iPad app features six multilevel games that help students with their writing and counting, addition and subtraction of numbers. Four and a half stars. Free.

Animal Alphabet with Geoffrey the Giraffe - Your elementary school student can try learning his or her letters through this animated, musical app. Four and a half stars. Free.

Secondary grades

Free Graphing Calculator - Can't find your big, expensive graphing calculator from last year? This free app comes to the rescue. Available on both iPhone and iPad. Four and a half stars. Free.

Vocabulary for GRE, SAT, GMAT, etc. - Bulk up your vocabulary before tackling that big standardized exam you need to pass to get into your dream school. Four and half stars. Free.

Higher Education

Notability - This app will save your doodles and typed notes into a PDF form and record lectures - all at the same time. Four stars. $2.99.

Mental Case 2 - Get ready for that economics exam by creating multimedia flashcards and a study schedule. All-in-one app. Four stars. Free.


TeacherKit - This app helps teachers keep track of their classes and students. With this app, teachers can track the attendance, grades and behavior of students. Four stars. Free.

Air Sketch Free - Turn your iPad into a wireless whiteboard and project live sketches to a local computer. Three and a half stars. Free.

Special needs

AutismXpress - This iPhone app encourages people with autism to recognize and express their emotions through its fun and easy-to-use interface. Three out of five stars. Free.

ComApp - This app has been created using the principles of applied behavior analysis to allow children with autism or any other language deficit to communicate their basics needs and wants in five categories: food, drink, clothing, toys and emotions using actual photographs and real voices. No ratings. $39.99.

Source: Texas Computer Education Association, THE APPLE APP STORE



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