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Brain Thaw:
A delightful little Penguin named Newton teaches kids — and maybe even some adults! — all about math via a series of number puzzles.

Graphing Calculator:
Transform the not-so-humble iPhone into a fully functioning graphing calculator for only $1.99, far cheaper than a new or used device, to be certain!

Math Ref:
Math Ref offers up one of the most extensive digital libraries on formulas, equations, advice, and pretty much everything else students and professionals could possibly need.

MathU RPN Calc:
Students, teachers, parents, and pros in need of a scientific or financial calculator can probably find everything they want with this wildly popular Reverse Polish Notation app, available for $19.99.

Slide Rule:

It’s a slide rule. On the iPhone. The description doesn’t need to get more detailed than that, really.
Mental Maths:

Download Mental Maths when looking to train the brain into serving as a quicker organic calculator through puzzles, games, and other engagements.

Lazy types with 99¢ laying about might want to use the Protractor app instead of heading out to the school store to snag one.
Formul8 – Math, Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics Formulas:

Formul8 boasts over 200 formulas and equations within the listed disciplines, making it a fabulous resource when quickly looking up how to get specific problems done.
One of the most comprehensive algebra iPhone apps around spans simple equations to some of the most challenging around and allows for computation, self-checks, referencing, and plenty more relieving perks – all for just $1.99.

Algebra Helper 1:
Linear algebra’s many different applications form the crux of the Algebra Helper 1 application, which breaks down problems into their essential components and lets users see step-by-step solutions.

Math Quiz for All Ages:
It’s pretty much exactly what the title says it is — a series of quizzes about addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots, and squares of escalating difficulty, suitable for all age and ability ranges.

Geometry Facts Flash Cards:
Put those geometry skills to the test with some of the most detailed flash cards regarding the subject available on the iPhone.


The Elements:
It’s the best chemistry app around; nothing’s gonna ever bring it down. Every single element on the periodic table bursts to vivid, 3-dimensional life, with detailed information about its properties and uses.

Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide:
Turn stargazing into a multimedia educational event through the absolutely stunning Star Walk, frequently touted as amongst the best astronomy apps ever developed.
iAmino – learning amino acids:

Download this quick and painless application when looking to better understand the different amino acids, what they do, how they form, and pretty much everything else readers need to know.
Brain Tutor 3D:

Delve deeply into the human brain’s inner workings without having to worry about washing all that yucky gray matter off in the sink afterwards. That is how scientists do it, right?
Chemistry Formulas:

Just as the title promises, Chemistry Formulas keeps an extensive library of chemistry formulas for anyone needing to quickly look up a chemistry formula.

Especially useful for those studying or practicing chemistry, biology, and biochemistry, this app helps out with molecular weight problems, calculating volume and weight, conversions, and the amount of chemicals needed for specific experiments. Among other features, of course.
Audubon Birds – A Field Guide to North American Birds:

Ornithology enthusiasts wanting to identify everything that squawks, screeches, clucks, and coos on the continent will absolutely love keeping the Audubon Society’s official digital guide to North American birdies on hand.
Science Fact of the Day:

Up-and-coming Darwins and Teslas and Feynmans and Curies use this app to soak up a few fun factoids or two a day to share and maybe even further explore on their own.
Science Fact Pro:

If one fact a day doesn’t sate the frothing scientific mindbeast, try StuckPixel’s little compilation of thousands instead.
A Science Quiz:

This app tests users’ basic understanding of some basic and not-so-basic scientific principles in all the major fields.
Netter’s Anatomy Flash Cards, 3rd Edition:

Available for $39.99, biology and medical students needing to know the location, form, and function of the different structures of the human body might consider Netter’s Anatomy Flash Cards an essential download.

Language Arts

Wallwisher– students can use the site to write journal entries! Something link Pinterest for the kiddos

http://paper.li/ – Teach the students how to become a publisher. Students can create newspapers and stay on top of the current news!

World Mythology – Oxford Dictionary:

Because so much of the world’s literary canon is based on historical and religious storytelling, keeping an encyclopedia of both on hand behooves any ardent bibliophile.

Sign up for the free social media site aimed specifically at book lovers rating reads, writing reviews, and wanting to discover what to pick up and love next.

Whether looking to nestle with a public domain classic or the latest scorching hot bestseller, the iBooks app turns an iPhone into an ebook reader for literature on the go.
Spel It Rite:

Learn proper spelling through some seriously cool games, with tests hitting more than 3,000 of the most common words.
Literary Terms – Oxford Dictionary:

Never confuse a bildungsroman with a bouts-rimes again (not that any of our super genius readers would, of course) thanks to the Oxford’s comprehensive guide to literature’s extensive and colorful jargon.

Stanza acts as an ebook reader connecting users to Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks, and other public domain depositories that also lets them upload their own documents in an impressive array of formats for easy self-curation.
Spell Check:

Use Spell Check’s built-in dictionary to check spelling as quickly as possible; best of all, it does not require any sort of internet connection or login to use!

Both native speakers and ESL students benefit from playing the fun and engaging wurdle, as it builds up their vocabulary and spelling skills.
Conversation English:

Perfect for anyone learning to speak English, the 20 lessons available here nurture five of the most important language skills and cover common scenarios and topics.
English Idioms Illustrated:
More than 160 of the most common idiomatic phrases in American and British English receive in-depth explanation here, complete with some great drawings making them all the more memorable.

Social Studies

World Atlas by National Geographic:
Because World Atlas is a National Geographic joint, the maps available here pop up in different styles and come partnered with detailed national information, like flags, the most recent economic data, cultural phenomena, and more!
History: Maps of the World:
Another great app for cartography and history buffs, this time allowing them to explore how boundaries and geographies change over time.
US Presidents:

From Washington to Obama, learn all the basic facts about every man who ever stood as America’s president through an easy flashcard interface.

Ultimate World Quiz:
Train the brain to identify the countries of the world, its flags, its capitals, and other physical and human geographical traits through these most excellent quiz adventures.
World Book – This Day in History:

World Book offers up a quick and interesting way to snatch a quick peek at history by taping it to a daily calendar, with glimpses into important people and events users might otherwise never learn about.
USA Factbook Free:
Americans should probably know a thing or two about their own nation, and the USA Factbook makes for the best start in picking up all the basics, including capitals, flags, topographical and musical maps, and other cool features.
World Countries ALL-IN-ONE. 19 Educational Apps:
For only 99¢, this bundle brings iPhone users 19 stunning applications covering pretty much everything regarding current geographical data — and that includes both the physical and the human aspects — and even allowing self-quizzes and assessments in the different fields.

2012 World Factbook:
Straight outta the CIA comes a resource about all the countries in the world, packed with all the current data students, teachers, businesspeople, travelers, and all-around well-informed citizens need to know. Stay current, because new apps pop up every year!
USA Factbook and Quiz:

After soaking up information about America’s state and federal facts and functions, run through the self-tests and see how much knowledge stayed put.

U.S. Historical Documents:
Instead of arguing the Constitution as interpreted by politicians, give it and other integral documents that shaped the United States (including the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, inaugural addresses, and dozens of others), a read and form opinions from that.

TapQuiz Maps World Edition:
Conquer the planet — metaphorically speaking, wannabe Napoleans — through comprehensive quizzes about all the countries of the world.

With one Dropbox account, students enjoy access to their files while on the go, so they never accidentally miss a deadline again … because of computer issues, anyway.

Available on iDevices (because of course), Bento makes organizing solo and group projects much, much easier by providing users with their own personal databases for storing contacts, drawing up calendars, and taking notes.

Blackboard Mobile:
Because so many online courses rely on Blackboard for distributing the necessary materials and conducting the necessary assessments, downloading the app should be essential for remote students.

While classes themselves might not use TED as a supplement to lessons, students (both online and off) undoubtedly benefit from tuning into what the experts are saying about the latest ideas and innovations.
Never forget an important project point with Evernote, an amazing scrapbook application for keeping everything organized and on hand, no matter the medium.

Perfect for online students who just can’t recall the websites consulted for research purposes, this resource saves pages so they can read them anywhere and everywhere.

Because everyone uses Wikipedia, even if they aren’t supposed to admit it in an academic setting. Don’t cite it in a bibliography, but definitely check out the sources used and start researching from there.
Wolfram Alpha:
Forget Google. Wolfram Alpha works as an amazing search and computational engine specifically for scholastic pursuits, bringing back returns regarding pretty much everything students need to know about their desired subjects.

We lied about forgetting Google. Don’t forget Google. Especially since its mobile app allows for voice searching.

Wi-Fi Finder:

Obviously, online students should probably know where to look for wireless Internet in their areas — especially if their connections at home go all kablooie.

Create and edit Microsoft Office documents from anywhere and, most conveniently, see them saved across all linked devices when paired with a cloud application.

Create, store, and share notes and flashcards online and via a mobile application perfect for studying from pretty much anywhere.
An indispensable resource for online students needing both a dictionary and a thesaurus. There’s even some fun little word games available as a welcome distraction!

Even though an online education grants more autonomy than the traditional classroom structure, students still need to stay organized and on top of their homework assignments.
Social media forms a major component of many online classes, and Cliqset makes it super duper easy to update and keep track of them all in one convenient spot.

Download and read books and textbooks teachers may require for the class, conduct research, or receive a little extra help on the side.

Dragon Dictation:
This speech-to-text program helps students take verbal notes, send e-mails, and work on projects on the go without wearing down their thumbprints.
As one can probably glean from the name there, online students can use this application to calculate their grade point averages as they go along rather than waiting on their teachers.
Learn how to do pretty much anything thanks to detailed step-by-step videos; they offer up information on multiple educational topics, meaning students will likely pick up some interesting tidbits here.

One of the most popular productivity apps available acts as a veritable personal assistant, with to-do lists, reminders, and organized collaboration.

If a research project or a class requires any sort of polling, Zwoor makes collecting the data from friends, family, and total strangers a breeze.

Stay on top of relevant blogs and other online reading resources needed for projects through simply organized lists on iDevices and Androids.

Study Tracker:

Presented by McGraw-Hill, Study Tracker makes it cake for students to keep track of their grades and time spent on assignments and create comparisons for better academic management.

Online and offline students alike definitely need to keep track of their personal finances, especially if they’re taking classes requiring tuition.


Another popular option for students who prefer purchasing and reading textbooks digitally rather than lugging one around.

Documents To Go:

This full Microsoft Office suite allows for creating and editing files while out and about without requiring a cloud to sync everything up.

Online students in possession of an iDevice use SimpleMind when mapping out papers and projects before getting started.

iAnnotate provides iDevice users a painless, easy method of marking up and taking notes on PDF files needed for classwork.

Use the iPhone or Android’s barcode scanner and learn how much those textbooks and other reads will fetch when sent over for other students to buy and use.

When stuck on a critical research question, some students (and even professors!) head to Quora and directly ask experts about their fields.

Rent the necessary textbooks from the comfort of the iPhone (sorry, Android and Blackberry users!) through this popular money-saving service.

Open Culture:
Who said online students have to enroll in formal classes to learn something? Open Culture provides one of the Internet’s largest repositories for free educational materials – especially open source courses.

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