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Top Ten Educational Apps for iOS Devices

During a recent UKIT Talks Tech event on Apple Tools for Education, Tim Matheny, Senior Systems Engineer at Apple, Inc., shared his list of Top Ten Apps for Education. These apps save time and provide great functionality when it comes to note taking, presentations, and studying. The best part is that most of these apps are free or little to no cost to the user. Check out the list below and leave us a comment if you have a favorite app we left out!

  1. iTunes U (Free): This app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Whether you’re majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere. http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/
  2. Evernote (Free): Evernote is an easy-to-use app that helps you remember everything while on the go. You can take notes, capture photos, create to-do-lists, record voice reminders- and make these notes are completely searchable, on all the devices you use. http://evernote.com/
  3. GoodReader ($3.99): GoodReader is the rated PDF reader with advanced reading and annotating capabilities. With this app you are able to read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, maps, and even pictures. http://www.goodiware.com/goodreader.html
  4. MagicalPad ($0.99): MagicalPad allows professionals and students to take notes, organize ideas, build outlines, prioritize actions and share their thoughts seamlessly. You can easily organize your ideas and notes to create a customized information dashboard. http://www.magicalpad.com
  5. Any note taking app: These apps will help you write down the essentials in a meeting, lecture, or presentation that could be helpful later on and make it easier to share or store notes electronically. There are tons of note taking app options but some of the most popular ones are Simplenote (Free), Catch Notes (Free), Notability ($0.99), and PaperPort Notes (Free).
  6. WolframAlpha ($3.99): WolframAlpha is the world’s most definite source for instant expert knowledge and computations. This app can access information from across thousands of domains and retrieve data from subjects ranging from math to sports. WolframAlpha uses its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate personalized reports. http://www.wolframalpha.com/
  7. Flipboard (Free): Flipboard is an app that creates a personal magazine from all of your social media outlets. This app provides a single place to enjoy News Publications, Google+ Circles, Twitter, Facebook, and even videos from YouTube. http://flipboard.com/
  8. TED (Free): TED is the app that presents talks via video from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical professionals, business gurus, and music legends. You can make your own playlists and watch them later without being online, sort views by popularity and tags, and share your favorites with friends or teachers. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ted/id376183339?mt=8
  9. Pocket (Free): When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. This app automatically syncs to your phone, tablet, or computer so you can view it anytime, even without internet connection. http://getpocket.com/
  10. Skitch (Free): Skitch is an app that uses shapes, arrows, sketches and text annotations to get your point across with, mark up photos, screenshots, maps, and webpages then share with anyone you like. http://skitch.com/

Thanks for reading! For more great mobile apps for education, check out edudemic's lists of The 25 Most Used Mobile Apps in Education and 30 Recommended Apps for Online Students!

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