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10 Great Free Apps for High School

In the educational app market, high school students are all-too-often forgotten. While there's no shortage of apps for learning the alphabet or boosting basic math skills, there areĀ far fewer options for the kind of more in-depth work and complex concepts high school students encounter. With this list, we've narrowed down the best free high school apps on the market, featuring organizational and productivity tools to help students manage their work, ELA and social studies tools students can use to dig deep into texts, creative tools for demonstrating knowledge and learning design, and science apps for conducting experiments. With these awesome free apps that leverage what's great about mobile devices, high school students will be inspired to learn and build new skills.

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Full-featured parent-teacher communication platform

Bottom line: Provided all parents have access, Bloomz can be a great way to get them involved.

Sketchbook Express

Creation tools hook kids, connect them with global community of artists

Bottom line: Solid resource encourages students to get creative in the classroom.


Fire up the warp drive to bring VR field trips to your classroom

Bottom line: With stunning scenes and a flexible delivery method, your students will thank you for journeying together through space and time.

Paper by FiftyThree

Beautifully designed digital sketchbook for any age

Bottom line: The simplicity and effectiveness of the app make this a powerful sketch and note-taking tool for the iPad.


Enliven lessons and presentations with easy-to-use whiteboard tool

Bottom line: An easy, functional way to create presentations on the fly.

Canva - Photo Editor & Design

Create snazzy designs in seconds with flexible, cloud-based tool

Bottom line: A flexible, accessible way to get kids -- especially design novices -- creating digitally in your classroom if you have stable internet and time to get students set up to be successful.

Microsoft Sway

Cool scroll effects, flexible features boost visual storytelling tool

Bottom line: A great tool for design and presentation, if great visuals and easy sharing trump having the active viewing features present in other tools.

Science Journal

Turn your Android into a lab sensor to collect and analyze data

Bottom line: Science Journal does a good job recording real-time motion, sound, and light data using Android phones.


Slick DIY app with projects that have classroom potential

Bottom line: Cool project ideas and let tweens and teens showcase their creativity and instruction-writing skills; supervision required.

NPR News

Top-notch digital content takes students beyond the airwaves

Bottom line: Provides an easy, fun, and effective way to engage students with radio.

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