Our lives might be busy and frantic, but that's no excuse - you can always find time to learn about something new; whether it be a word, a statistic, a person in history, or a nugget of pop culture. All you need is a couple of spare minutes each day to expand your mind and broaden your horizons.
There are a great selection of beautiful educational apps out there, just bursting to teach you fun facts, historical anecdotes, and general curiosities.
Drops: Visual Spanish, French, German, Italian and English Learning in 5 Minutes a Day!
Learning a language can be difficult, but with Drops, you don't have to struggle. For just 5 minutes each day, Drops uses the intuitive nature of learning language and helps you remember words and phrases that you will actually use.
The way the material is presented in this app will make sense to you and will actually help you learn it. You get the control of how fast you go, but you can't go too fast, because the app knows when you aren't really learning.
Know Fast delivers short (less than four-minutes), hand-picked YouTube videos to you each day, packed with all manner of fun facts and new skills. The app has a bright and fun design, is really quick to set up, and there are all kinds of categories to choose from - from cooking and sport, to life hacks and science.
You can re-watch the video as many times as you like, and share the knowledge with your pals via your messaging and social media apps.
Similar to Know Fast, Curiosity is an educational app that provides videos to help you get smarter on a range of topics.
How does it work? Once you've installed the app, you'l have access to the daily video. Once you've seen it, you can click to further explore the day's topic, or you can swipe left to view previous videos.
The app is really simple to use and has great quality content: the info detailed and help you learn a little bit every day.
The official Khan Academy app gives you on-the-go access to the hundreds of videos, articles and courses available in the web of the well-known non-profit, MOOC. A perfect solution for downtime learning: launch the app, browse through categories or search a specific topic (Math, Science, Economics and Finance, Computing...) and pick the article, video or learning resource that matches your interest.
You can even read the video transcripts along with the audio! And you can also find interesting related content, such as exams prep for GMATs, SATs etc, opinion and scientific articles, how-tos and guides, TED Talks and interviews, and other coaching resources.
DailyArt Free - daily dose of fine art and art history
DailyArt is a great app for learning about all things fine art. Other than getting to know the great classics, you'll find out about less famous painters and get a dose of trivia too.
In each daily dose, you'll be given the title of the work, the author and the year it was made, as well as its history, a brief summary and all the technical information. You can also search for specific works of art, and share them on your favorite social networks.
"Access riveting talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people -- wherever you are." Everyone recognizes the TED initiative as synonymous with information and learning. The official app includes more than a thousand video conferences, with simply stunning - sometimes revolutionary - speeches.
TED lets you access a host of different areas (education, music, design, technology). To deepen your knowledge in that particular field, you just have to watch a video or two each day and soak up everything you hear.