Young people enjoy mobile apps because of their ease of use and portability. For instance, teens can practice for the SAT, learn Spanish, or review science videos using their smartphone.

Super Why is only one of many PBS Kids learning apps available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. In Martha Speaks Dog Party, children play vocabulary games and in Corporal Cup's Food Camp, users learn about preparing healthy recipes.

Super Why

Go to the PBS Kids Mobile Downloads website. Explore the many PBS Kids Apps available for download to iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices. Demos are provided for many of the Apps.

Many learning opportunities are available on mobile devices such as iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. A growing number of educational producers are developing applications across the curriculum. These are particularly popular with home-school parents. For instance, iHomeEducator is a company that specializes in educational applications for the iPad. They produce a series of apps called iLive focusing on topics such as science, math, and language arts. The website contains lots of demonstration videos to give you a feel for the apps.

Well-known publishers such as Discovery Education are also getting involved with the development of apps. Using a company called Phunware, they're creating apps for popular television shows such as MythBusters as well as educational software. For instance, U.S. Geography explores regions of the United States.

Build Book Connections

CliffordMany apps connect books and reading with fun games and learning resources. Explore some of the following examples:

Practice Apps

A majority of the apps available focus on practicing skills. For instance, Stack the States is a fun way to learn about the shape and locations of states (see below left).


In Rocket Math, children create rockets as a reward for solving math problems and in Idioms users try to identify the idiom. An progress meter shows how a user is doing (see above center). Many practice apps use a flashcard approach such as the Kaplan TOEFL Vocabulary Flashcards (see above right).


Look for apps that make use of the mobile aspects of the technology. Keep in mind that some of these apps require a wifi connection, while others will work in airplane mode or without wifi capability.

Audio Enhancements. Many of the English Language Learning tools such as A+English provide audio support to improve English speaking, listening, and reading skills. As you evaluate audio-enhanced resources, look for whether the app contains control over the audio volume or other features.

Many foreign language learning resources are available such as ByKi Arabic.

Karjan Beginner is an easy-to-use music and ear training application for learning about music and music theory.

Multimedia Enhancements. Many apps provide video or animation support. For instance, AlgebraPrep: Graphing contains instructional videos as well as practice tests. In Sign4Me, sign language is learned with 3D images.

videoSign Language

Internet Enhancements. Many of the game environments provide the option to connect to social networks such as Facebook. In Geomaster, users complete a map quiz game and can share their results on Facebook.


readRead What Makes an App "Educational"? (September 8, 2010)

readRead Mobile Learning in Teacher Librarian (October 2010) by Joanne Troutner for examples of how mobile apps can be used in teaching and learning.

readRead Learning: Is There An App for That? (PDF) by Cynthia Chiong & Carly Shuler (November 2010) and iLearn: A Content Analysis of the iTunes App Stores' Education Section (PDF) by Carly Shuler (November 2009).

readExplore the 10 Best Kid Apps - Educational from Lunchbox.

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