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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 are far fewer options for the 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 school-to-home communication platform delivers with style

Bottom line: This multifunctional platform connects families, teachers, and students with a ton of features.


Amazingly powerful audio workstation unleashes creativity

Bottom line: There's exceptional functionality in this solid, all-inclusive audio workstation that's fantastic for high-quality, anytime, and anywhere audio recording and sharing.

Paper by WeTransfer

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.


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

Bottom line: With stable internet access and enough time to get started, this is a flexible, accessible way to create beautiful designs in your classroom.


Movie editor will satisfy beginner and intermediate creators

Bottom line: Despite some limitations with editing, it’s the perfect tool to get teachers and students started with digital video production.

Photoshop Express Photo Editor

Top-notch photo editor helps perfect pics for creative projects

Bottom line: This is a powerful, free creation tool from the industry leader in photo editing.

Microsoft OneNote

Note-taking giant built for flexible, collaborative work

Bottom line: A powerful (and free) tool for thinking and organization that's making smart strides in the education space.


Create dynamic visual presentations on flexible storytelling platform

Bottom line: A seamless transition from design to presentation makes Sway a great fit for presenting carefully curated content.

Arduino Science Journal

Turn your phone 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 phones.

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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