Autumn is beginning to set in and for anyone who’s still pursuing education in any form, now is the time that it begins to drag. In an effort to help all those at high school, and show the rest of us just how intriguing the iPad can be, I have compiled a list of excellent educational apps that will go a long way to enlivening your learning!
If you know anyone who is struggling to get engaged with their school work, or just needs a little boost, make sure they have an iPad (maybe buy them one) and then send them here…
Let’s dive into the depths of human knowledge and understanding!
For those of you who read the introduction and were beginning to get excited, the first mention of maths may have stopped you in your tracks, but bear with me. Maths can be extremely useful in everyday life, and is an area in which may people struggle – the iPad can help!
MathBoard is an excellent app, aimed primarily at elementary school children, for teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems. It’s an app that does this one thing well, giving you access to a multitude of settings and options but never losing sight of its ultimate goal.
Algebra Touch is an app that’s distinctly more advanced than MathBoard, perfect for anyone who struggles with the basic concepts of Algebra. The intuitive touch gestures allow a whole new way of interacting with this type of maths problem!
You can do things such as drag to rearrange, tap to simplify, and draw lines to eliminate identical terms. It has an advanced mode, but it would be awesome to see this app go even further – the scope for even more advanced problems is amazing!
If you ever find yourself in need of a calculator, or are actually serious about getting on in mathematics, then you’ll need a decent calculator app! Calcbot is definitely my app of choice on the iPad, its ability to be advanced but hide the features you don’t need and the excellent incorporation of a tape on the right hand side make it a great choice for absolutely anyone.
The Tapbots are renowned for making unique and delightful interfaces, and Calcbot is no exception. They have stuck with familiar ideas but execute them really well, the tape allowing you to see a history of calculations so there’s no need to keep writing down answers as you go along.
When it comes to historians, David Starky is a polarising figure; people seem to love him or loathe him. However, his book in app form is a good example of the interesting things that can be done to bring history to life.
Kings and Queens enlivens the history of the British monarchy up to the present in unprecedented detail, with stunning clarity and colour, making use of the interactive abilities of the iPad. If history and royalty is an interest, or on the syllabus, then this is the app for you.
As far as science goes, the App Store is positively brimming with excellent learning resources and engaging interactive experiences. I’ve simply picked out one from many here to highlight.
The Human Body app is a standout in this category because it’s overwhelmingly detailed and extensive, it’s an app that would be useful for anyone from a high school biology student to a trainee doctor! If you have any curiosity whatsoever about the physical body, and how it works, then this is the app you need to explore.
The Our Choice app actually kind of perfectly bridges the gap between science and geography, as a detailed look into the climate crisis and the solutions available to us. It’s a breakthrough in innovative interface design, and has the potential to help change the world for the better!
I love the interactivity and intuitive design of Our Choice, characterised by the intriguing infographics scattered throughout the chapters. Our Choice melds the vice president’s narrative with photography, interactive graphics, animations, and more than an hour of engrossing documentary footage.
National Geographic is as trusted a geographical source as you can get, and their app exemplifies their detailed and gorgeous approach to experiencing, and learning about, this earth. World Atlas HD utilizes National Geographic’s highest resolution, press-ready images, providing you the same rich detail, accuracy, and artistic beauty found in their award-winning wall maps and bound atlases.
It even integrates with Bing, allowing you to zoom right in to street level! For getting your head around continents and countries, there just isn’t a more beautiful way.
Music should be a joy to learn and engage with, but often can become a boring chore. Capo is an excellent app that aims to help players master their favourite songs!
By slowing down the music without affecting its pitch, you can learn to play your songs slowly, and then speed them up as you improve. You can drop markers at key points in the song, and set loop points to repeat them. Capo is a fundamentally useful app for any instrument, allowing you to get the hang of, and eventually master, any song you put your mind to.
This is obviously only a small selection of the incredible educational apps out there! It’s truly amazing how well the iPad works as an educational device, allowing you to be fully immersed in knowledge and learning – time will tell how far it can go.
I’d love to hear about your favourite educational apps, the ones that really engage you and get you excited – and if you have time, I’d love to hear why?