50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016

by TeachThought Staff

What are the best teaching and learning apps for 2016? That’s a good question this post looks to answer.

Every year, we put together a collection of what we believe are the best teaching and learning apps for that year. This year, we were asked by the good folks at Easelly (the infographic and visual data platform) to create a collection of resources that while including their apps, would curate a lot of good stuff teachers would benefit from in 2016.

Since we were preparing to release our TeachThought Editor’s Choice: 2016 Best Teaching and Learning Apps–and have used Easelly for years ourselves–we combined the two projects to give you something you can use to guide your #edtech integration this year.

Additionally, Easelly has created a free eBook–How to Use in your Classroom–which is a useful tool for teachers integrating Common Core standards, for example, which call for students to work with different mediums to extract key ideas and data. (See Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology, for example.)

Here are the results, a subjective list of 50 of the best teaching and learning apps for 2016.

50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016


50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016

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TeachThought Editor's Choice: The 50 Best Educational Apps For iPad In 2016

TeachThought Editor's Choice: The 50 Best Educational Apps For iPad In 2016

Jan 25, 2016 - - 8532

Create infographics and visual data on iPad or through your browser. Download a free book to learn how to incorporate infographics in your classroom.

Jan 25, 2016 - - 7375
Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free on the App Store

Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.

Jan 25, 2016 - - 7656
Evernote on the App Store

"Use Evernote as the place you put everything...don’t ask yourself which device it’s on—it’s in Evernote" – The New York Times

Jan 25, 2016 - - 7188
Google Drive - free online storage from Google on the App Store

Get started with Google Drive for free and have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. All your files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them.

Jan 25, 2016 - - 5851
Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later on the App Store

Use Pocket to easily save articles, videos and more for later.

Jan 25, 2016 - - 6729
Minecraft: Pocket Edition on the App Store

Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures.

Jan 25, 2016 - - 7198
ZoomNotes - Note take, Sketch, Annotate PDF and Present on the App Store

ZoomNotes is the most comprehensive visual note-taking app with unlimited zoom. Make handwritten notes and sketches on virtual paper, PDF files, images and MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents (via GoogleDrive).

Jan 25, 2016 - - 7135
Bitsboard - Education, Games, and Flashcards for Learning Reading, Spelling, and more on the App Store

Easily create your own study sets or download study sets from teachers and classmates

Jan 25, 2016 - - 6526
The Sandbox­ - Build & Create Your Pixel World on the App Store

Play God & Create Worlds with Life or Destroy everything within a tap of your finger!

Jan 25, 2016 - - 7354
Knowji Vocab 7-10, SAT, GRE, ASVAB Audio Visual Vocabulary Flashcards with Spaced Repetition on the App Store

Knowji makes the highest quality and most effective vocabulary apps in the App Store.

Jan 25, 2016 - - 7697
Math Fact Master: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division on the App Store

Allows children to practice specific number sets and operators in the proven learning style of flashcards.

Jan 25, 2016 - - 7646
Phonics Genius on the App Store

One of the best ways to rapidly learn how to speak, read, and recognize words is through phonic awareness.

Jan 25, 2016 - - 6570
Summary Pro on the App Store

With Summary, you can now easily and smartly summarise your ideas, study notes and business reports while keeping track of the source of every piece of information in your summary

Jan 25, 2016 - - 6841
Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe on the App Store

Take a mind-blowing 3D tour of the Universe with Professor Brian Cox as your guide. The official Wonders app by arrangement with the BBC.

Jan 25, 2016 - - 6742
Lapse It * Time Lapse & Stop Motion Camera * Free on the App Store

Lapse It is an award-winning full featured app for capturing amazing time lapse and stop motion videos.

Jan 25, 2016 - - 5749

Codea lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.

Jan 26, 2016 - - 6547
Simple Machines

Explore the playful side of physics! Experiment with six simple machines, discover how they work, and investigate the invisible forces behind them in this sandbox app. Destroy a castle, make music, send satellites into orbit & more

Jan 26, 2016 - - 6166
The Everything Machine by Tinybop on the App Store

Dive inside your device and make your own machines! In Tinybop’s first maker app, kids are empowered to build anything they can imagine using the hardware and sensors.

Jan 26, 2016 - - 5706
Scratch Jr

With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) learn important new skills as they program their own interactive stories and games. By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing.

Jan 26, 2016 - - 7394

Build loops! Create sequences! Compose music! LOOPIMAL is a building kit of handcrafted animations and sounds. The possibilities of creations and compositions are endless. With an intuitive fun gesture they can create sequences for different animals. The content is on a melodic, rhythmic or movement basis.

Jan 26, 2016 - - 7039
Seesaw: The Learning Journal

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of all ages to independently document and share what they are learning at school.

Jan 26, 2016 - - 6873
Explain Everything™ Interactive Whiteboard on the App Store

Start creating videos and classroom projects with this leading unique interactive screencasting whiteboard.

Jan 26, 2016 - - 6854
Showbie - Paperless Classroom

Find out how easy it is to assign, collect and review student work from thousands of compatible iPad apps, or have your students complete assignments with Showbie’s built in tools. Provide rich feedback using digital ink, text and voice annotations right on images and PDFs, and then add your students’ best work to personalized digital portfolios that can be securely shared with parents

Jan 26, 2016 - - 6488
Adobe Voice – Show your story

Voice helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes. No filming – just talk to tell your story. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images to show your ideas and Voice automatically adds cinematic motion and a soundtrack. Persuade, inform and inspire anyone online. Make an impact.

Jan 26, 2016 - - 7085

Wikipedia comes to life with an infinite constellation of visual links. Browse. Discover. Bookmark. Annotate. Share.

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50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016