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Love Tech? Try Our List of 7 Teen-Friendly Apps for Education

by Jessica Parnell | Sep 17, 2013 | 3 min read

We’ve got a bit of good news for tech savvy teenagers. Learning online continues to grow with more interesting, more varied, and simply more fun technologies than ever. App designers are in a head-to-head race to create educational programs that engage both kids and teens of all grade levels. Gone are the days of route 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 — any time you want to! Let’s take a look!

7 Fab Educational Apps We Think You Will Love (and most are free!)

  1. SAT MindSnacks

    This free app is perfect for teens. Whether you are prepping for an exam like the SAT, or simply have a desire to expand the confines of your personal vocabulary skills — it’s a keeper. By playing games and using pictures to associate with new words, you will forget that you doing something educational!

  2. College Math Tutor

    This free app is available in the iTunes store and gives you access to almost 1000 exercises, including very detailed solutions to a variety of college-level math topics. There are 5000 pages and 800 graphics/slideshows — everything you will need to practice for the upcoming math exams. Bonus: you can self-test!

  3. Countries Wiki

    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.

  4. Spelling City

    Spelling City offers a variety of activities for varied levels of difficulty, and even tests specific knowledge associated with tests and topics taught at the high school level in the United States. The Spelling City app is a fun and interactive way to explore new vocabulary using your iPad or iPhone!

  5. 3D Brain

    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 is 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.

  6. Sherlock Holmes

    This is an interactive reading book 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 their own, before Holmes divulges them.

  7. NASA App

    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 & 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!

What do you think of our top educational app picks for the 2013/2014 school year? If you find any additional apps that are fun, educational, and homeschool-worthy, post them on our Facebook page!

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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