How many apps do your kids have? A ton? Are they brain numbing or educational? We’ve compiled a list of award winning apps for High School Students (Best Apps for High Schoolers) to make it easy for them (and you) to choose the apps that are educational and fun. Some are free, while others charge a nominal, but “worth-it” fee.
These award winning apps are parent tested and kid approved. In order to be a Parents’ Picks Award Winner, these apps go through a rigorous approval process with over 50 criteria, including thinking skills, character building, engagement, ease of use, innovativeness, quality, durability, and creative thinking. These apps come highly recommended and we hope you will love these award winning apps as much as we do.
Our 2017 list of Award Winning Apps for High School Students (Best Apps for High Schoolers) are below.
From basic algebra to complex calculus, Mathway instantly shows you how to solve your most difficult math problems. Just type in your problem or point your camera at the problem and snap a pic.
Ready4SAT practice questions and flashcards help a student study for the SAT and ACT. The app tracks the student’s progress and creates a study program tailored to any weaknesses
Google Drive provides students with 15 GB of free, cloud-based file storage. No more worrying about losing a flash drive or emailing files back and forth. With Google Drive, students have easy access to all their files, regardless of where they are or what device they’re using. The app also includes share-sheet support, which means students can send images and videos from their phone’s camera roll directly to Google Drive. Files in Google Drive also have offline capabilities, so access isn’t always restricted to areas with an Internet connection. This makes Google Drive a smart choice for students who want to take their mobile productivity to the next level.
Google Docs lets students create, edit, and share documents on the go. An essential word processing app, Google Docs helps students work more efficiently. Students can begin a document on one device and finish it on another, without ever needing to save it or attach it to an email.
For collaborative documents, students can type on separate devices yet contribute to the same document in real time. Easy access to revision history means students can track changes made by each collaborator, and revert to earlier versions of the Doc if necessary. This makes Google Docs the ideal app for group projects, essay writing, peer editing, and more.
With Google Slides, students can create, edit, and share slideshow presentations on the go. With the mobile app, students have the additional benefit of taking in-app photos and videos, or adding media directly from their phone’s camera roll. Like Google Docs, students can work together in real-time and track each user’s contribution with the revision history.
Google Sheets allows students to create, edit, and share spreadsheets. It is also the destination app for Google Form responses. Students can use Google Forms to collect information via polls, surveys, and event sign-ups. The form responses are automatically sent to a Google Sheet for easy reference and analysis at any time.
This is a must-have app for students whose teachers use the blended learning platform, Google Classroom. Downloading the app allows students to have instant access to their classroom stream, along with viewing and editing access to all their classroom assignments. They’ll also receive notifications when new announcements and assignments are posted, which makes it easy to stay informed on all classroom happenings.
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Google Calendar is a simple way for students to keep track of events, goals, and reminders all in one place. In addition to adding events directly from Gmail, students can set personal goals such as exercise, meditate, or study for finals. This app will schedule these goals according to the desired frequency and offer reminders when it’s time to get moving. The Google Calendar app also works with iCloud and Apple Health.
Google Keep is a visually appealing note-taking app. Students can use Google Keep to store things like websites, images, quotes, and lists on color-coded “sticky” notes. Like Google Drive, the Google Keep app also includes share-sheet support. This means that students can do handy things like save research notes and website sources right from the Share icon in their phone’s web browser.
Evernote is a comprehensive productivity app that allows students to take notes in a variety of formats, including text, sketches, photo, audio, and video. Notes automatically sync across all devices and are easily shared with others for real-time collaboration. Students can use their phone’s camera to scan notes and drawings on paper. Evernote also includes share-sheet support, so students can send attachments to Evernote without ever opening the app.
Frog Dissection (iOS)
Biology lab without the mess and the smell? Now that’s a revolution. Students dissect a virtual amphibian to learn about the parts of a frog and how it functions.
This clever app turns mobile devices into portable scanners with a simple camera shot. CamScanner automatically enhances documents for clarity and sharpness. Students can export the images as a JPEG or multi-page PDF to save or share with others.
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This attractive, digital planner app allows students to manage homework, assignments, and upcoming tests. Students can add classes and track their upcoming work in an easy-to-read monthly, weekly, or daily calendar view. Notification reminders help ensure no crucial deadline is missed.
Khan Academy is a massive database of free videos and exercises on every subject imaginable. With the added benefits of an attractive interface, easy navigation, and offline capabilities, this powerful app is essential for any student looking to sharpen and expand their content-area knowledge.
Forest offers a creative approach to helping students focus on school work. To avoid the inevitable distraction of a nearby phone, students can use this clever app to set a certain amount of time during which they need to study. During that time, a digital plant grows. If students exit the app before the time is up, the plant will wither and die. While the free version is fully functional, the stakes are a little higher in the paid version: students can grow an entire forest and collect virtual coins, which can be used towards planting an actual tree somewhere in the world.
GoodReads offers personalized book recommendations and access to a vast community of like-minded readers. Students can keep a want-to-read list, read and write book reviews, and share book recommendations with others.
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This clever app allows students to scan troublesome math problems with their camera to get colorful, step-by-step solving instructions. Though this app may have the potential for misuse, it’s helpful for students who want to check their work or get clarification on a particular step. It can also help parents brush up on their math skills to better assist their students at home.
This essential calculator app features scientific and graphing calculator capabilities. It also includes a unit converter, formula reference list, term glossary, and much more.
Google Earth is an interactive app that enables students to explore the globe with a few swipes of their finger. With simple navigation and clickable details, this app allows students to easily view and learn more about any area on Earth.
Google Translate is a popular app with a variety of text, microphone, and camera translation features. In addition to basic text translations, students can use this powerful app to translate bilingual conversations in real-time. Students can also instantly translate text in images with the built-in camera. With the addition of offline capabilities, this app is a smart choice for students with future travel plans.
Stop, Breathe & Think is a mindfulness app that can help students de-stress with a series of short meditation guides. The app provides information to help students get started regardless of experience level. It also includes a mood and meditation tracker so students can easily follow their progress. Stop, Breathe & Think integrates with Apple’s native Health app, which means students can sync their meditation data with other health information like exercise and nutrition.
Elevate, named Apple’s Best iPhone App of 2014, is a brain-training app designed to help improve attention, memory, and more. Students can train with Elevate using a variety of personalized games that target skills in writing, listening, speaking, reading, and math.
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The TED app provides access to the entire library of official TED Talks. Students can browse featured talks, view curated playlists, or discover talks on virtually any topic of interest. Whether students are looking for inspiration or for a good laugh, there’s a TED Talk for just about any occasion. With the motto “Ideas Worth Spreading,” TED is an essential app for all age levels.
Adobe Spark Post (iOS)
Adobe Spark Post enables students to create attractive web graphics with a combination of text, images, and animation. Students can save their posts as basic images, live photos, or videos. Adobe Spark projects are automatically saved and synced across all devices for a seamless, worry-free workflow. Use of Adobe Spark apps requires a free account, though students can log in using their Google accounts or regular email.
Adobe Spark Page (iOS)
Adobe Spark Page puts a stunning twist on basic presentations, newsletters, invitations, and more. It incorporates dynamic page elements, which creates an interesting parallax type effect when scrolling through the page. All Adobe Spark Page projects are mobile responsive, which means they look amazing on any size screen. Students can use Adobe Spark Page to help their presentations stand out from the group.
Adobe Spark Video (iOS)
Adobe Spark Video is an easy-to-use video editor that creates beautiful videos and presentations. Students can record their own voice and choose from a variety of themes, music, and layouts.
iMovie is Apple’s video editing software, which enables students to create and edit professional-looking videos using a variety of templates, graphics, text, and audio. iMovie content is automatically synced across all devices. Students can save their work in up to 1080p HD to their camera roll or publish directly to YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo.
With this powerful app, students can create realistic artwork with a variety of built-in drawing and painting tools. The app also includes layer support, which means students can add multiple drawing or image layers for more advanced artistic creations. Use of this app requires registering for a free Creative Cloud membership, which includes 2GB of free file storage.
Designed by Apple, Clips makes it easy for students to create videos with animated text, graphics, captions, and music. With simple controls and a variety of neat features, this app is perfect for students who want to tell a quick story, make a video tutorial, or create unique videos on the go.
Mendeley is a program designed to help students write research papers. It lets students organize citations and notes, annotate PDFs, search for journal articles, and more.
Do your kids ever have trouble figuring out source citations? With EasyBib, students can fill in the requested information and the app generates the correct citation.
Fun, interactive lessons that leverage pictures, text, sound, and real-time scenarios to teach a new language in a way that really sticks.
This is a global language and culture exchange app which connects students with native speakers of other languages (English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Portuguese, German, Italian, Russian, Arabic, and 100 more), for FREE.
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