Fabulous Freebies on the Educational App Scene, 27th Edition

Adding some engagement to learning doesn’t have to be a costly endeavor with this selection of new apps.

Teachers are always on the lookout for more entry points that allow them to reach students and impact learning. Sometimes they need to look no further than the app store to find some resources to fit that bill. This free app collection offers a variety of options for adding some engagement to the resource repertoire.

AThinker– Having a variety of informational text resources allows students to gain exposure to a wider range of topics and perspectives. AThinker is a daily internet publication that explores many of the different issues facing America today. This can be a great free source of information, or it could also be used for comparative study on different media outlet perspectives.

Snow Race Prodigy: Math Games– While there are subscription options available, the free access allows students to practice some skills at no cost. Users will enjoy the game element of having their avatar navigate the slopes. Each short ski run is followed by a few grade-level specific math or coding problems for students to solve. Math skills explored include number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals and more. The coding options focus on basic programming and computational thinking.

Close Encounters of Wonderwood– This interactive storybook allows students to explore Wonderwood as they are introduced to the engaging characters aptly named the Wonderwood Four. Students can read or have the book read to them via narration. At the end of the story, readers will find a short quiz and a glossary to help them build vocabulary skills. This storybook offers a fun and interactive way to explore text.

StoryShots Best Book Summaries– Text, audio, and animated summaries are available through StoryShots. This app shares 20-minute summaries of a wide range of popular nonfiction books. For teachers looking to gain some insight on titles to share with students and/or the value of titles they may be looking to read themselves, this app can be hugely beneficial. Categories of books include leadership, productivity, time management, history, philosophy, science, mindfulness, nutrition, and more. For a limited time, free lifetime subscriptions for premium features are being offered.

Mirror Magic AR– Helping students find new ways to engage with text is always a bonus. This free app is a companion to be used with Zach King’s Mirror Magic. AR is becoming more and more popular, and this app allows readers to explore this engaging story via an AR lens. The story’s seventh grade protagonist is navigating life while trying to control his newfound magical power, and the illustrations come to life for readers with the addition of AR.

Translate King- Translator– Language barriers can often come into play with diverse student populations and/or the study of a new language. This app allows users to translate text, dialogue, pictures, and more. With over 100 languages supported, this is a great companion for teachers to have in their back pockets to pull out when needed.

Judicial Watch– For use in a government course or as an additional informational text source, Judicial Watch offers users a look at government, politics, and law. Created as a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, the app can be used to review a variety of aspects associated with current governmental policies and practices.

The latest free apps for education have much to offer. There are numerous options that can enhance the reading toolkits of teachers at a variety of grade levels. With the addition of some math fun, students can enjoy gameplay alongside text exploration. Teachers can turn to the Fabulous Freebies series for a wide array of resources that can help them find a perfect fit for a single student or the entire learning community.