Shape Lab is a geometry app for children that completely focuses on shape. You start with a blank canvas and a 1cm grid that stretches across the screen (other grid designs are included too). When you begin to draw, the app recognises your lines and understands what you were trying to achieve. So you don’t have to struggle trying to create the perfect circle — everything gets joined up automatically.
The website Grammarly is an online grammar checker that claims to be the most accurate in the world. It scans your text for over 250 uses of grammatical mistakes, as well as improve your word choice with intelligent vocabulary suggestions.
The main focus in SimplePhysics is building. You create structures that are capable of withstanding a particular force. It might be a building that receives very strong winds, a dam that needs to keep out huge volumes of water or a treehouse for supporting a couple of people.
Voicethread is an app for creating presentations but with the added benefit of discussion. Usually a presentation is consumed and there are no easy ways for the viewer to add their own voice. By utilising the ability to add comments on a slide-by-slide basis, Voicethread turns presentations into a more social and feedback-driven experience.
Drawp is an art app for younger learners who aren’t looking for complicated textures or the precision of an ultra-fine marker. It keeps things simple and it leaves the advanced features to an app like ArtRage or Autodesk Sketchbook.
Notifications on the iPhone are a key part of keeping you updated with your various apps and services. A message on Whatsapp, breaking news from BBC, sports scores etc. are all pushed to our attention to keep us in the know as soon as it happens.
Children produce a lot of artwork at school and home but the finished pieces often get misplaced or thrown in the recycling. Artkive is a clever way of keeping every drawing safe by photographing each one to be transferred into the digital world. You can record a title as well as the artist name and date of creation.
The Raspberry Pi is an affordable, little computer that is taking the world by storm. It strips back computers to their roots and is a great educational tool for learning how software is developed (and creating your own). This is achieved by using coding applications such as Scratch and Python.
In Move the Turtle, players learn programming basics by controlling a rather cute, little turtle. By putting themselves in the turtles shoes (if they fit), they can decide what direction to move in and for how many steps to travel. It’s worth noting that although you learn programming skills, there’s not actually any specific coding to learn. The movement of the turtle is controlled by commands that are added to a list.
Think of Marvel Unlimited as the Netflix of comics. It lets readers access thousands of great Marvel comics from The Avengers to X-Men, all through a handy monthly ($9.99) or yearly ($69) subscription.
Endless Alphabet helps children learn letters and words in a colourful, interactive environment.
Calligraphr is a relatively easy way of turning your handwriting into a font so you can use it to create any digital document, such as posters, newsletters or worksheets.