Educate anywhere with these five powerful learning toolsGuest Post by Jane Johnson
If you have an iPhone, Android, or a droid-enabled device, your homeschooling experience just improved drastically! No more using frayed flash cards or depending on outdated texts from the library for your child’s education. Smart phone applications make learning fun, engaging, and challenging.
With tons of apps for a variety to school subjects -including literature, language, art, writing and grammar, math, science, geography, history, nature, and much, much more – learners from preschool-age to high school-age can take education with them anywhere.
And the good news is that all of the following homeschooling apps are free
1. Today in History Lite (Free for iPhone)
Imagine starting your school day each and every day with a fact from history! The Today in History app brings some real life stories and facts to learning by sharing and education on what important events happened today! Open the app each morning to discover what important events in history coincides with the date, or use the app to quiz your students on historical trivia that features over 100-thousand major historical events.
2. Project Noah (Free for Android)
Kids respond to the Project Noah app because this resource combines engaging social media with real world science and learning. For instance, like Facebook, this app offers connection with an active community. However, Project Noah is specific – connecting avid nature lovers and learners from all over the world. Users can explore nature and document plant and animal species through pictures, notes, and more. Plus, discover and learn via the nature photos posted by other members as they learn along with you.
3. Evernote (Free for Android and iPhone)
Dubbed the ultimate online organizerî the Evernote app is a must-have for homeschooling parents. This app stores notes, schedules, photos, and even audio reminders of everything you need for your home school lessons, projects, field trips, grading systems, and etc.
You can store and synch it all within the Evernote app and across all of your devices – mobile phone, laptop, desktop computer, and tablet. This app is essential for staying organized, bookmarking ideas and resources, and capturing all the things that are important to your daily learning schedule. Plus, if you need to find a resource or document, you can easily search for class notes, to-dos lists, etc.
4. Amazon Kindle (Free for Android and iPhone + the cost of books)
The Amazon Kindle app is ideal for bookworms and learning environments alike because it grants access to thousands of homeschooling text books, literature, magazines, periodicals, etc. Plus, instead of spending the money on a Kindle e-reader, simply download the free app to your smart phone or tablet and gain access to all of the reading materials you’ll need.
5. Brain Quest (Free for iPhone)
For the past 20 years, Brain Quest was offered in flip card form – offering educational cards applicable by age and subject. However, now you can get it in handy electronic form, so you never have to worry about cards that are a little too worse for wear. Brain Quest cards have been used by most homeschooled kids for generations, but now they are available in handy digital form. Search by grade and subject and download the cards you need for mobile learning at its best!Jane Johnson is a writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone related news, commentary and reviews on popular providers and their devices like T-Mobile best smartphone and tablets.