61 Educational Apps For The 21st Century Student


It’s not entirely clear what it means to be a “21st century student.”

And in 2013, it’s also not entirely clear what the definition of an “educational app” might be.

Just as students are no longer tethered to textbooks (in most formal education settings), apps that are strictly didactic–designed to promote academic proficiency and foundational fluency–are often the first that parents and teachers reach for when looking for something “constructive.” But the reality is, the 21st century is as much about finding, evaluating, managing, sharing, and curating information as it is reading texts, answering questions, and applying memorized formulas to neatly scaffolded problems.

So, critical thinking and transfer over accuracy and recall.

In that context, what are often thought of as “productivity apps” are not only “educational,” but are often the real marrow of 21st century learning. Instapaper, Pocket, FlipBoard, Next!, iMockups, and Taskpaper are all as handy for project-based learning, mobile learning, and challenge-based learning as they are your average start-up CEO trying to juggle a thousand priorities.

Which is probably not a coincidence, and what makes the following list by Michael Hyatt useful. Also, note at the bottom at each app are upvote and downvote buttons–quick feedback for additional data on what others think.


  • Raj says:

    Thanks for the information. All of these seem like great app building tools but I am not sure if you can create custom apps with these tools. I have used another one, http://www.TheBestAppBuilder.com , which is more of semi-sass solution. You tell them what you need in your mobile app and their development team delivers it using their platform. So if you are not a developer and don’t want the hassles of creating your own mobile app, you can still get it at a very reasonable price but without any headache

  • Jennifer892 says:

    This is a great list – I also find Trello is useful for project management, and I like to sync my Dropbox account with the OfficeWrx app too. Handy for keeping all your files in the one place! http://www.entwrx.com/officewrx.php

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