With a sea of apps available for download to your phone and tablet, it’s easy to get lost in all the options. We’ve sorted through the options for the best apps currently available to you. Gone are the days of rote memorization, multiplication charts, monotone lectures about history and one-dimensional, hand-drawn pictures of other places and cultures. Today, you’ve got a whole new virtual world to choose from—anytime you want to! The apps below will be super helpful in getting you on the right track in the new year, both in your personal life and at school. Let’s take a look!
This free app is perfect for teens. Whether you’re prepping for an exam like the SAT or simply have a desire to expand your personal vocabulary, it’s a keeper. By playing games and using pictures to associate with new words, you’ll forget that you’re doing something educational!
This free app is available in the iTunes store and gives you access to almost 1,000 exercises, including very detailed solutions to a variety of college-level math topics. There are 5,000 pages and 800 graphics/slideshows—everything you’ll need to practice for the upcoming math exams. Bonus: you can self-test!
Although this app is $3.99 to download, the photography and slideshows are stunning and quite detailed. If you want to travel the globe virtually, this is a winning round-trip ticket.
SpellingCity offers numerous activities for various levels of difficulty, and even tests specific knowledge associated with tests and topics taught at the high school level in the United States. This app gives you a fun and interactive way to explore new vocabulary using your iPad or iPhone!
This is a truly awesome advanced science app! Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it’s injured and how sections are involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies and links to modern research.
This is an interactive reading app from Gutenburgz. The developer has taken five short mysteries featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed character and created a series of stunning scenes from which to tell the tales. What makes these stories so enjoyable is the delight the reader gets from figuring out the clues on her own, before Holmes divulges them.
The state-of-the-art NASA app showcases a huge collection of the latest NASA content, including images, videos on demand, NASA Television, mission information, news and feature stories, latest tweets, ISS sighting opportunities, satellite tracking, Third Rock Radio and much more. Now you can travel to space without ever leaving your house!
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A wife, mother and former public high school teacher, Jessica Parnell is the Principal of Bridgeway Homeschool Academy (www.homeschoolacademy.com). Her desire is to see every child reach their God-given potential and purpose through faith-based, customized and flexible homeschooling. With more than 25 years of experience assisting over 24,000 families in having the homeschool experience, Jessica is dedicated to helping families understand the freedom that comes with homeschooling and to empowering parents, a child’s first teachers, to feel confident in taking control of their child’s education.