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Free educational apps that boost learning

An overview of free education apps that support learning outcomes and lesson content in the classroom.

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Today, digital resources can be accessed at the touch of a button. Educational apps give teachers the tools to enhance their lessons in creative ways, and many are entirely free to use.

The Promethean ActivPanel includes the ActivConnect-G, which gives full access to the Google Play store and, thanks to ActivCast, can also be used with iPads, smartphones, laptops and other devices. With endless choice for educators, however, identifying the best apps to use can be overwhelming.

To make it more straightforward, we have compiled the following list of free apps that can be used in your classroom to support you in making the most of your edtech. Education apps are used by many teachers in order to enhance lessons and make the most out of all the amazing edtech that is available.

1. Anatomy 4D

Available on Google Play

Free

The Anatomy 4D app enables pupils to learn and explore the human body and heart in intricate detail and gives users an interactive 4D experience of human anatomy. The Anatomy 4D experience takes viewers on a journey inside the human body and heart, revealing the spatial relationships of our organs, skeleton, muscles, and body systems.

2. iMovie

Available on iTunes Store

Free

With a streamlined design and intuitive Multi-Touch gestures, iMovie lets you enjoy your videos and tell stories however you wish. Browse and share your videos, make Hollywood-style trailers, create movies by adding themes, titles, transitions, music, slow-motion, fast-forward. Easily transfer projects between different apple devices. Bring your classroom to life by creating professional looking videos with ease by using iMovie.

Why not use the iMovie app to edit your video entry for your Promethean Grant entry? Helping your video stand out from the rest which could result in you winning an ActivPanel for your classroom. Apply here.

3. Google Earth

Available on Google Play, iTunes Store and desktop

Free

Explore the planet in great detail, use knowledge cards to explore landmarks, orbit the world in 3D and use the ‘feeling lucky’ function to jump to a random destination. This is a great app to mix up a Geography lesson.

Follow Google Earth on Twitter and Facebook.

4. Edmodo

Available on Google Play, iTunes Store and desktop

Free

Edmodo is a classroom communication hub that lets you engage with your classes and connect with teachers globally. The app focuses on how you communicate with your students, parents and fellow teachers.

Follow Edmodo on Twitter and Facebook.

5. Jolly phonics

Available on Google Play and iTunes Store

Free


This exciting app enables children to discover the main 42 letter sounds of English through a series of captivating games and teaches the five key skills for reading and writing. Tested and approved by teachers.

Follow Jolly phonics on Twitter and Facebook.

6. INKredible

Available on Google Play and iTunes Store

Free

INKredible is an app to make your handwriting experience on tablets/ActivPanels as good as pen on paper.

7. Skype in the Classroom

Available on desktop, Google Play and iTunes Store

Free

Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. 5 exciting ways to bring the world into your classroom: virtual field trips, Skype lessons, Skype collaborations, mystery Skype and guest speakers.

Follow Skype in the Classroom on Twitter and Facebook.

8. Human Body (Male) VR 3D

Available on Google Play

Free

This app introduces the most important organ systems of the human body in 3D, allowing students to zoom in on different body parts which is great for a virtual science lesson.

9. Kids Telling Time (Lite)

Available on Google Play

Free

Kids Telling Time will help children practice setting the time and telling time on both digital and analogue clocks. Travel through the four rooms of a house filled with clocks and help Ticky the Mouse collect the cheese and eat it by setting and telling the correct times on analogue and digital clocks. The lite version version covers hours and half hours.

10. Lego creations islands

Available on Google Play and iTunes Store

Free

Give children the opportunity to create their own world on LEGO Creator Islands – a fun, free building simulator game for boys and girls! Explore, build and play on different, exotic islands with LEGO Creator sets that you assemble and use on the islands, allowing students to let their imagination run wild, creating a modern classroom learning environment.

11. Duolingo

Available on Google Play and iTunes Store and desktop

Free

Learn English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish and Turkish. Practice speaking, reading, listening and writing. Play a game, answer questions and complete lessons to improve your vocabulary and grammar.

Follow Duolingo on Twitter and Facebook.

12. Mathletics

Available on desktop (but can be used on smartphones and tablets via the internet browser)

Free

Mathletics is a captivating online learning space providing students with all the tools they need to be successful learners, both in the classroom and beyond. Powerful courses aligned to the various National Curricula of the UK & Ireland, from Foundation Stage to key stage 5, matched with dynamic tools and reporting for teachers.

Follow Mathletics on Twitter and Facebook.

13. Shadow Puppet Edu

Available on Google Play and iTunes Store

Free

Easily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as 5 years old can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!

14. Class DoJo

Available on Google Play, iTunes Store and desktop

Free

Class Dojo is a classroom communication app used to share reports between parents and teachers. Teachers can track student behaviour and upload photos or videos. Class DoJo is a great way to get parents engaged by sharing photos and videos of wonderful classroom moments, instead of sending a letter home in a student’s bag that will either get lost or forgotten about.

Follow Class DoJo on Twitter and Facebook.

15. Google Docs

Available on Google Play, iTunes Store and desktop

Free

Create a new document and edit with others at the same time. Google Docs can be used from your computer, phone or tablet. Get work done with or without an internet connection.

Follow Google Docs on Twitter and Facebook.

16. Google Sheets

Available on Google Play, iTunes Store and desktop

Free

Create, edit and collaborate with others on Google Sheets from your desktop, Android phone or tablet. A great function is that you can add and respond to comments with your colleagues and share the sheet with anyone you wish.

Follow Google Sheets on Twitter and Facebook.

17. Google Slides

Available on Google Play, iTunes Store and desktop

Free

Create a new presentation and edit with others at the same time from desktop, smartphone or tablet. Get your work done with or without any internet. Slides can be used to edit PowerPoint files. Our favourite function about Google Slides/Docs/Sheets is that you never have to worry about losing your work – everything is saved automatically as you type so you don’t have to worry about your computer crashing.

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Promethean would love to see your progress in using the above apps we have recommended. Tag us in your social media posts to keep us up-to-date with your edtech fun. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: PrometheanUKI