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Keep up-to-date with what’s movin’ and shakin’ on the App Store with this list of the Top 50 most downloaded completely FREE apps (with no in-app purchases) available on iTunes as of May 19, 2014. You will find apps for babies, preschoolers, toddlers, students, educators and therapists — that covers 99.9 percent of our readers, so what are you waiting for?
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1) iTunes U
iTunes U provides everything an instructor needs to bring their classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and your own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, discuss one-on-one or in groups, and annotate PDF assignments. iTunes U is also still the place where anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch can learn from the world’s largest collection of free education content—including public courses and collections from leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions.
2) Google Classroom
Using Google Classroom in school? Get the iOS App to use Classroom on the go. Classroom helps teachers save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students. It is available to anyone with Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Drive and Docs. Classroom is designed to help teachers create, collect, and grade assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student.
3) Duolingo – Learn Languages for Free
Duolingo is Apple’s iPhone App of the Year! Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.
“Far and away the best language-learning app.” —The Wall Street Journal
4) Toca Kitchen
Ever wanted to play with your food? Now you can! Toca Kitchen lets you cook and play with food for four hungry characters. Pick any ingredient and prepare it in your own way! Slice, boil, fry, cook, microwave or mix? And wait for your hungry friend´s response… Toca Kitchen is not a game – it’s a toy where you and your kids get to explore cooking. What happens if you mix a carrot and then fry it? Will the cat like it? And what is the bull’s favorite food? Toca Kitchen supports free play for all ages and is a great way to use your imagination.
5) Kids A-Z
Raz-Kids gives you hundreds of interactive, leveled books spanning 27 levels of difficulty, covering a wide range of subjects. In addition to engaging kids at their reading level and in their area of interest, this award-winning website gives kids 24/7 Web access to the practice they need to become better, more confident readers. At the same time, teachers can customize assignments, view reports, and track student progress every step of the way.
6) PBS KIDS Video
Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). “PBS KIDS Video” features thousands of videos from top PBS KIDS television series, including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Odd Squad, Peg + Cat, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY! and more. The app provides a safe, child-friendly viewing experience for all ages. Kids can easily browse and watch videos at home, on the road, or anywhere with a 3G or WiFi connection.
7) Nick Jr.
The Nick Jr. App brings your kids’ favorite Nick Jr. characters to life in new interactive ways. Watch full Nick Jr. episodes for free and play fun educational games and activities with their favorite characters.
8) IXL – Math and English
Excel everywhere with IXL! With over 4,500 skills in math and English language arts, students can find comprehensive, standards-aligned content for all grade levels. Interactive questions and virtual rewards create an engaging learning environment that motivates students to master skills and explore new topics. Feel good about your kids’ tablet time as they use IXL to keep their skills sharp anytime, anywhere—it’s practice that feels like play!
9) Khan Academy: you can learn anything
Learn using videos, interactive exercises, and in-depth articles in math (arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, linear algebra), science (biology, chemistry, physics), economics, and even the humanities with playlists on art history, civics, finance, and more.
Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of music notation.
ClassDojo offers a beautiful classroom management platform for teachers to easily encourage any behavior or skill in the classroom and keep parents in the loop. Unlike most classroom management tools and behavior trackers like gold-star charts, ClassDojo helps teachers focus on positive feedback. Teachers can customize the behaviors or skills, such as “Working hard” and “Participating”, and instantly award students in class Dojo points for doing the right thing.
11) Starfall FREE
Starfall is the brain-child of Stephen Schutz. At age 9, Stephen was still struggling to read. What came easily for his peers required many more hours of his work. As a reader, he was consistently toward the bottom of his class. Now a PhD in physics and a successful publisher and artist, Dr. Schutz, with the help of his dedicated team, created Starfall to ensure today’s children have resources that can help.
VocabularySpellingCity is a fun way to learn spelling and vocabulary words by playing engaging games using any word list. The most popular activities are Spelling TestMe, HangMouse, and our vocabulary and phonics games, available to Premium Members. The most popular word lists are Sound Alikes, Compound Words, Hunger Games and SAT Words.
Solve puzzles, control robots and learn basic concepts and principles of programming. With Kids’n’Code it’s easier than ever. What children will learn? Kids will recognize basic patterns, learn problem solving, consistent and algorithmic thinking, spatial visualization, debugging programs.
14) Toca Store
Have your kids ever played store at home? Now you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a Store Play Set – without any of the cleaning up afterwards! It’s the perfect toy for your kids to play together with you, their siblings or friends. Toca Store is a Store Play Set that triggers your child´s imagination and inspires role-playing. We wanted to create a toy that can be included in children´s natural exploration of everyday life and help them to master social and mathematical skills. That´s Toca Store!
15) 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. Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form
∙ Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links or PDFs to show what they know and store evidence in their digital portfolio. You can also import directly from over 100 other apps.
∙ When students add to Seesaw, content is uploaded, organized by student, and accessible from any device.
With Classkick, students work assignments on their iPad and get help from teachers and peers. Teachers create assignments, see all their students’ work in real-time, and give LOTS of student feedback. Best of all, students can help each other anonymously.
Access riveting talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people — wherever you are. TED’s official app presents bold, new thought leadership from education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, music legends and other remarkable minds.
18) Geoboard, by The Math Learning Center
Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle grades. Learners stretch bands around the pegs to form line segments and polygons and make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.
This virtual version of the manipulative is an open-ended educational tool, ideal for elementary classrooms and other learning environments that use iPod Touches, iPhones, or iPads.
19) Little Writer – The Tracing App for Kids
Endorsed by tens of thousands of satisfied parents, teachers, and kids the world over. Little Writer is a tracing app that’s done just right. Little Writer is super fun and so easy to use that your kids will think letter tracing is a game vs. a boring chore.
✔ The app is so easy to use that even toddlers will enjoy playing with
✔ The app is beautifully designed and just a joy to look at and use
✔ You can turn individual items ON or OFF and introduce one letter at a time based on the player skills
20) Laugh & Learn™ Learning Letters Monkey App
A fun-filled learning app that features baby’s favorite Laugh & Learn™ characters! Babies are encouraged to interact with engaging animations, sing-along songs & sound effects.
While this app is absolutely free and fun on its own, the app comes to life with the purchase of the Apptivity Monkey. Place your Apple device in the Monkey and press his paws to interact with the content on screen.
21) ChatterPix Kids – by Duck Duck Moose
Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, and more.
Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE!
22) Desmos Graphing Calculator
Explore math with Desmos! Plot functions, create tables, add sliders, animate your graphs, and more — all for free. At Desmos, we imagine a world of universal math literacy and envision a world where math is accessible and enjoyable for all students. We believe the key is learning by doing. To achieve this vision, we’ve started by building the next generation of the graphing calculator. Using our powerful and blazingly-fast math engine, the calculator can instantly plot any equation, from lines and parabolas up through derivatives and Fourier series.
23) Starfall ABCs
The Starfall ABCs FREE app is made possible by the member supporters of Starfall.com, a publicly supported charity. The activities at Starfall.com motivate through exploration, positive reinforcement, and play.
Children delight as they see, hear, and interact with letters and sounds in words, sentences, and games. They learn to recognize letters while developing the skills they need to become confident readers.
24) Toca Kitchen Monsters
Ever wanted to play with your food? Now you can! In this Monster edition of the super-hit Toca Kitchen you can cook and play with food for two hungry monsters. Pick any ingredient and prepare it in your own way! Slice, boil, fry, cook, microwave or mix? And wait for the response from the hungry monster…
25) Toca Hair Salon – Christmas Gift
Cut, color and style Santa Claus beard and hair! In this Christmas edition of the smash hit Toca Hair Salon, you can choose between styling Santa Claus or a funny Christmas tree!
And best of all? It’s completely FREE!
26) Stack the States™ Lite
Stack the States™ makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game! As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level. You earn a random state for every successfully completed level. All of your states appear on your own personalized map of the United States.
27) The Foos Coding 5+ | Make games! Kids learn programming logic.
We’ve teamed up with Princeton and Harvey Mudd University professors to turn programming into play. Kids learn to code via a series of exciting adventures.
Our word-free interface allows anyone, anywhere to play. They’ll track down a sneaky donut thief, rescue puppies lost in space and serve up gourmet meals while mastering core computer science concepts.
28) Bible for Kids
The Bible App for Kids is the newest member of the YouVersion family of apps. Available now for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the Bible App for Kids is always completely free!
Through interactive adventures and beautiful animations, kids explore the big stories of the Bible. The Bible App for Kids is a delight-filled experience designed to encourage kids to return again and again. It’s the beginning of a lifelong love of God’s Word.
29) Puffin Academy
Puffin Academy is a wicked fast Mobile Flash Browser for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. Puffin Academy enables Adobe Flash based educational websites on the iOS platform.
• Free to all users and content providers
– Free app to all users on iPhone and iPad (rated 4+)
– Free of charge to all educational content providers
• For purely educational web sites only
30) Sushi Monster
Meet Sushi Monster! Scholastic’s new game to practice, reinforce, and extend math fact fluency is completely engaging and appropriately challenging.
Strengthen reasoning strategies for whole number addition and multiplication by helping monsters make a target sum or product. Earn points with each correct answer… but watch out for distractions! To be successful, plan ahead and strategically select numbers from the sushi counter.
31) Pizza Fractions 1
Ranked a top 100 iPad education app in the United States, March 2015, Pizza Fractions offers a simple, visually-based introduction to fractions for elementary school kids.
In chef’s pizzeria your child masters the concept of naming simple fractions using pizza picture examples. Designed for grade levels 2-5, Pizza Fractions provides introductory practice with fractions in an approachable game-like environment.
32) Shadow Puppet Edu
Easily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!
***Best Edtech of 2014. “A must-have app for elementary classrooms.” – Graphite | Common Sense Media ***
**2014 Best App for Teaching & Learning – American Association of School Librarians**
**Featured by Apple as Best App for Middle School for 5 months!
33) Trading Cards
ReadWriteThink’s Trading Cards app allows kids and teens a unique way to share their understanding of various topics, to build study aids for school, or to create their own fictional world of characters.
Each category has specific guiding questions for creating a dynamic, information-rich trading card. Summarizing skills are critical as they drill down to the most important information to fit on the card. In addition, they become aware of writing for an audience because they can share their cards with others.
By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.
They also use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With ScratchJr, children don’t just learn to code, they code to learn.
35) Chemio – A Student’s Chemical Reference
Interactive periodic table, solubility table, molar mass calculator and the 3D widget for designing electron configuration of atom. The most necessary chemical references for students in the one neat app – it’s Chemio!
Chemio is an interactive chemical reference. It provides a set of useful instruments, which allow you to perform search and calculations faster. Our app’s purpose is to replace traditional chemical books and to help you with your research or education.
36) Toca Tailor Fairy Tales
Design and style your own clothes!
Time to get busy with those design skills! With Toca Tailor Fairy Tales, you can create, combine and style fun outfits for two characters in a beautiful Fairy Tale setting! Choose between lots of clothing designs, then tailor them by adjusting hems and lengthening sleeves. Mix and match colours, prints and fabrics – or use the built-in fabric camera to create your very own unique patterns from things around you. You can also use pictures from your device’s Camera Roll! Then add buttons, pockets and other original details.
37) Sago Mini Friends
Go on a playdate with your favourite Sago Mini friends! Take a walk to a friend’s house and let the fun begin. Help Robin the bird fix a birdhouse, play dress-up with Jinja the cat or enjoy a snack with Harvey the dog. With five friends and more than ten activities, there’s a lot to explore.
38) Mathmateer™ Free
Math can be fun! Build your very own rockets and fly them to the stars with Mathmateer!
While your rocket is floating weightlessly in space, the real fun begins! Play one of the many fun math missions. Each mission has touchable objects floating in space, including stars, coins, 3D shapes and more! Earn a bronze, silver or gold medal and also try to beat your high score. Missions range in difficulty from even/odd numbers all the way to square roots, so kids and their parents will enjoy hours of fun while learning math.
39) My Math Flash Cards App
My Math Flash Card App is for mastering basic elementary math facts.
Its an easy to use and customizable application to enable focused learning.
40) Dr. Panda Restaurant Asia
Dr. Panda Restaurant Asia is open for business! Explore a beautiful new Asian-themed restaurant while making sushi, stir fry and more—absolutely free!
Kids can take charge in their own kitchen in the brand new Dr. Panda Restaurant Asia! Future fine chefs have the freedom to choose what they want to prepare and exactly how they’d like to prepare it! Chop, grate, blend, fry and more with over 20 ingredients and create the perfect dish!
41) Virtual Manipulatives!
I have provided a virtual set of fraction bars on www.abcya.com for several years. Many teachers have contacted me about creating a similar application for the iPad. Here it is! I offer this app for free because virtual manipulatives alone do not provide meaning for learners; they require a teacher to guide meaning and connections.
Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a creative storytelling app that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world. With over 14 million cartoons created in 200+ countries, parents and teachers rave about the app… and kids can’t stop creating!
Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show – simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your story. Toontastic records your animation and voice as a cartoon video to share with friends and family.
43) Sago Mini Music Box
Play a song for your furry friends as you go on a musical adventure. This adorable touch-anywhere app is perfect for toddlers. Every tap fills the world with art and music.
Playful songs, beautiful artwork and hilarious characters make this app a joy for young children.
44) Telling Time Quiz – Fun Game to Learn How to Tell Time
★★★★★ Simple and effective! A great way to learn to tell time. ★★★★★
Turn telling time into a fun simple game. Great for kids and ESL students.
45) Dog Sounds & Body Talk
Your dog will love this sound app! Get your pups attention with fun sounds such as: dog whistle, squeaky toy, doorbell, cat, clicker, dog barking sounds and more!
Ever wonder what your dog or puppy is trying to tell you? Listen to different dog barks and what your dog is saying to you with its body language.
46) Reading Comprehension Prep
Try the most advanced reading comprehension tool in the App Store for free! Our Reading Comprehension series was designed for the classroom, as well as the student and family looking for an advantage in solidifying their reading and understanding skills:
• This sampler contains 12 original stories for grades 3, 4, and 5
• Choose between fiction, non-fiction, or a mix of both fiction and non-fiction selections
• Read and test your comprehension with a variety of questions about the selected passages
47) Story Creator – Easy Story Book Maker for Kids
With Story Creator you can easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text, and audio all in one gorgeous collection. Story Creator truly brings your best stories to life and easily allows you to retell and share your most memorable moments.
Story Creator offers a magical way to enjoy your personal pictures, videos, and experiences with family and friends.
48) Cell Explorer: The Animal Cell
Explore the microscopic world of the cell in your mini ship! Thwart Dr. Vial’s evil plan to destroy cells as you battle against his army of cell-destroyers!
Learn about cell organelle structure and function while having fun!
49) PBS Parents Play and Learn
PBS’ first app designed specifically for parents, PBS Parents Play & Learn provides more than a dozen bilingual games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location – including the new “In the Garden” game, plus the grocery store, a restaurant, the kitchen, and many more.
The bilingual (English/Spanish) PBS Parents Play & Learn app makes it easy for parents to seize upon those daily “teachable moments” through theme-based interactive games and simple hands-on activities that connect math and literacy skills to everyday experiences.
50) Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver: Christmas
Take the wheel and step on the gas as you head down snowy roads in Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver: Christmas! Dr. Panda has decorated his bus for the season, and it’s up to you to drive around picking up passengers and take them to where they want to go!