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50 Apps That Exemplify 21st Century Learning

50 Apps That Exemplify 21st Century Learning, from iOS and Android.

Amazing Space Journey - 3D Solar System

Discover the Solar System and explore the Sun, the planets and their satellites in stunning details.
Take over time and space and observe the planets' position and orbit.

Anatomy 4D

4D Anatomy allows viewers to understand and interact with complex information with unprecedented ease, speed, and depth. Visually stunning and completely interactive, augmented reality is the perfect vehicle for 21st century education.

Animation Creator HD

Animation Creator HD allows your creativity to come to life on your iPad or iPad Mini. Be the director! Simple, yet powerful drawing tools, color options, and easy frame management, limited only by your imagination! Create amazing, life-like animations with Retina quality and the high frame rate playback of Animation Creator HD!

Apple - iTunes - Podcasts

Podcasts, perhaps the most underutilized edtech example today.

Brainfeed – Educational Videos for Kids

With over 2,000 videos and counting, your children will always have something new and wonderful to watch. And every week new videos are added to our SEARCHABLE LIBRARY to keep Brainfeed fresh, engaging and interesting. Your children will get lost in a world of learning as they get answers to questions that spark their imagination.

BrainPOP Featured Movie

Bring learning to your fingertips™ with the BrainPOP Featured Movie app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz.




Codea lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.


Take free online classes from 80+ top universities and organizations. Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company partnering with Stanford University, Yale University, Princeton University and others around the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

Duolingo: Learn Languages

Learn multiple languages through self-paced lessons for free.


Make any video your lesson for the flipped class, edtech-central teacher, or distance learner.

Explain Everything™ Classic

This is the original “classic” version of Explain Everything, used by over 3 million people all over the world who are creating videos and classroom projects with this leading unique interactive screencasting whiteboard!

Feedly (F)

Feedly connects you to the information and knowledge you care about. It lets you discover sources of quality content, follow and read everything those sources publish with ease and organize everything in one place.


GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. And now Live Loops makes it easy for anyone to have fun creating music like a DJ, by triggering loops and audio effects in real time. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play a piano, organ, guitar, and drums. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument.


Find new and interesting books by browsing personalized recommendations based on books you've read and your favorite genres. See what your friends are reading, write book reviews, and keep track of what you want to read.

Google Drive (F/C)

Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more all in one.

Google Earth

Pinch and zoom across the landscape of the entire planet.

Google+ (F)

A good place to connect with friends, family, educators, students, etc., and explore all of your interests. Share photos, send messages, and stay in touch with the people and topics you care about.

Google Search

The starting point for research.

Hip Surgery - Android Apps on Google Play

Take on the role of a surgeon and complete a hip replacement surgery in this cool virtual surgery game! This game will show you almost whole procedure of hip repalce...

iMockups for iPad

iMockups for iPad is the PREMIERE mobile wireframing and mockup app for your web, iPhone and iPad projects.

iMovie (C)

If you have an iPhone or iPad, not to mention a camcorder or digital camera, you probably have a lot of great video. And when you want to do something with it, iMovie gets you into the action.

iTunes U

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.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free through sequenced video lessons.

Knowji Vocab 7-10, SAT, GRE, ASVAB Audio Visual Vocabulary Flashcards with Spaced Repetition

If you have trouble remembering what you've learned, then this is the app for you. This app teaches you 1600 words specifically chosen for the SAT®, GRE®, ACT® and ASVAB exams, but users of all ages can enjoy the benefits of this app.

Layar - Augmented Reality

Scan print materials enhanced with Layar to view rich digital experiences right on top! Then be amazed as extra digital content appears, allowing you to interact with your world in a whole new way.