The Best New, Free iPod Apps

The Best Part: All of These Apps are Free!

I love my iPod Touch. I can listen to music, surf the Internet, and study for my classes. Study for my classes? That doesn’t seem like it fits in with one of the coolest music playing machines today. But thanks to iTunes’ educational apps, it actually fits quite nicely.

iTunes offers many education apps, ranging from language learning apps to flashcards to preparation for SAT or ACT tests. iTunes U also helps students study when they are on-the-go. iTunes U allows professors to connect with their students through their iPods or iPhones. iTunes U offers note cards, syllabi, and audio and visual files for students to use when studying.

Evidently studying and iPods go together like peanut butter and jelly. So if you want to get in on the latest technological-educational craze, check out the following iTunes apps. These are the top free apps that are beneficial for high school and college students.

Download them for free and test drive them today.

1.    24/7 Foreign Language Tutor. 24/7 Tutor offers apps for students who want to learn to speak a foreign language, such as Spanish, French, Italian, or German. These apps have native audio pronunciation files, games, and quizzes to help students learn their chosen language.
2.    NASA. If you are curious about NASA and outer space, this is the app for you. This app features updated information, images, and video files from NASA. It also shows mission information, the NASA Image of the Day, and sighting opportunities for the International Space Station and Shuttles.
3.    myHomework. This is basically a calendar, syllabus and agenda planner for you iPhone. myHomework allows students to track their homework, assignments, class readings, projects, and so on. And if you are a visual learner, you’ll appreciate that everything is color-coded, making it easy to distinguish what’s what and when it is due.
4.    Driver’s Ed Lite. Passing your driver’s test can be a challenge. This app allows you to study driving rules and laws by subject, including accidents, hazard awareness, traffic signs, and motorway rules. Even if you already have your license, this is a good app to have so you can make sure you aren’t breaking any laws when you get behind the wheel.
5.    Mathematical Formulas. This app is incredibly helpful when you are trying to remember how to find the cosign of x or the empirical formula. Mathematical Formulas offers equations and formulas for algebra, differentiation, geometry, and more.
6.    Periodic Table of Elements. There are a lot of elements in the Periodic Table: 117 to be exact. This app features information on all 117 elements, including their classification, atomic mass, atomic number, and electron shell configuration. This is an essential for anyone taking a chemistry class this semester.
7.    Free Flashcards. Flashcards are a great way to study for any class, but it can be inconvenient carrying around 250+ index cards. It’s so much easier to put your information on this app. Free Flashcards allows students to shuffle cards, practice only missed cards, and switch between questions and answers.
8.    SAT Words 5000. This app allows students to practice 5000 common SAT words. It features the words as flashcards with definitions. It is available in English and Japanese.
9.    MyGPA. This calculator allows you to calculate your GPA each semester and to find your overall GPA. It also allows you to experiment with different grades to determine what grade you need in each class to reach your goal GPA. It also has custom values for letter grades; if you go to a school that weights grades differently than the average GPA standards, you can accommodate for that.
10.    Today in History. If you’re a history buff, or just like having a small bit of random information, this is a great app for you. Today in History “looks” at the current date and provides a list of historical events for that date. Also, it changes everyday, so you’ll never get bored.

Well, there ya go! Now grab your iPhone or iPod Touch and start learning!

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