Apple Apps for Mobile Learning

Secondary social studies and English

2014 World Factbook

"The complete CIA World Factbook at your fingertips, including extensive information on more than 250 countries and locations throughout the world. Whether you're an avid traveler, a busy student, or someone who just likes to stay informed, this is the app for you!"

This app will serve students as a world encyclopaedia of information at the touch of their fingertips. Because the source is the CIA, it is an intellectual text that is definitely quotable. One of the most important aspects of this app is that it has 100% access offline so students can use it anywhere and at any time. Although it is a paid app, the cost is not too great ($.99 for iPhone and $1.99 for iPad) and there will be no annoying distractions for students. In addition, it is updated frequently so students can be assured of up to date information.

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Atlas for iPad Free

"View World Maps Quickly and conveniently on your iPad. Atlas for iPad features valuable Information and Maps on over 250 world entities. Large Political World Map. * Regional Maps of North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania."

Atlases are things that students have been using for centuries. They are an integral part of understanding the world. Learning about the physical and political landscapes contributes greatly to knowledge of an area. Though this app is only available for the iPad, it is FREE. In addition, it is fully operational offline so students can learn wherever they choose. Quick and easy, students can use it in class to follow along or for group work.

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BBC News

“Get the latest breaking news from the BBC and our global network of journalists.
Stories are arranged in categories including top stories, UK news, world news, politics, business, technology and sport.
The app offers the BBC News Channel streamed live, social features and personalisation so you can re-order the news categories to suit your interests.”

There are many apps out there for students to get their news. I prefer to go through the BBC for my international news as I like the global scope of it while still being able to follow events in specific areas. It is a required part of the curriculum for students to follow current events and this app allows students to do that from anywhere they have a wireless connection. One of the best parts of this app is that it is free. In any good social studies class there is a current events presentation process for the students and an app like this one will help them organize and follow breaking stories. In addition, one of the best features of the BBC (and thus the app) are its in depth reports on various subjects that one can also access.
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App Store,. (2014). BBC News. Retrieved 31 July 2014, from

Shakespeare in Bits

"A new, exciting, multimedia approach to learning and teaching Shakespeare’s plays - Shakespeare In Bits brings The Bard’s most popular plays to life through magnificently animated re-enactment, full audio and unabridged text in one comprehensive package.
Handy in-line translations for antiquated phrases and words are literally only a touch away, along with full study notes for every section, analyses, plot summaries, cast biographies and relationships - everything that you need to make understanding and appreciating Shakespeare attainable.
The Bard hasn't been this easy to enjoy in over 400 years!"

Although it must be one of the least anticipated parts of a high school English course, Shakespeare is an inevitability. Many students dread the thought of pouring over texts that use antiquated language and are almost impossible for many to understand. Here is a solution. Through the use of this app, students can easily find translations of difficult passages, character outlines and more. Though it can’t write that English paper for you, it can be used as an invaluable resource towards understanding even where to begin. It can be expensive ($14.99 per play in-app cost), but this is an option for any student who may be struggling. After all, what high school who needs some help wouldn`t pay to get through a Shakespeare unit? As a note, though, it is not allowed to be used as an instructional device unless all members of the class have purchased it. This is for individual edification only.

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App Store,. (2014). Shakespeare In Bits. Retrieved 2 August 2014, from


"Remember the Star Trek computer? It's finally happening--with Wolfram|Alpha. Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram|Alpha has rapidly become the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation.
Across thousands of domains--with more continually added--Wolfram|Alpha uses its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports for you."

I cannot say enough amazing things about this app. It truly has access to anything that I have been able to think of so far. In addition, the information can be presented in a myriad of ways from simple timeline to graphs and beyond. This app really should be placed under the category of all for its relevance to education and learning. It has the ability to aid students in almost any conceivable secondary class. A student told me that it helps him with both calculus and social studies. With its unique interface options, it allows learners to access information through more than just reading! If you like graphs and to see changes over time, you can have it. If you prefer static images, they are there too. At just $2.99 at point of purchase, this app is a steal.

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App Store,. (2014). WolframAlpha. Retrieved 2 August 2014, from

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Meersma, B. (2014). Assistive Technology Blog: What's on my iPad? Assistive Apps I Use as a Dyslexic Student. Retrieved 2 August 2014, from