Top Pick

Great Free Apps for Learning

Getting new tablets (or Chromebooks) is a big expense. Pairing these pricey devices with free apps is a great way to keep costs down. On this list, we've hand-curated awesome free and free-to-try apps across the major school subjects. You'll find that many of these apps are both high-quality and in-depth, providing deep and cheap experiences. The best part, though, is that giving any of these a shot won't cost you anything, and if you're looking for more, dive into our full database.

Math

Gracie and Friends Birthday Cafe Publisher: First 8 Studios at WGBH
Numbers and quantity game has precise focus and superb scaffolding
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Teachley: Addimal Adventure Publisher: Teachley
Jungle animals help kids swing into math with single-digit addition
Grades K-3
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Doodle Fit 2: Around the World Publisher: NamcoBandai Games, Inc.
Souped-up sequel still challenges spatial reasoning
Grades 3-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Middle School Math Planet – Fun math game curriculum Publisher: Playpower Labs
Challenging mix of activities and drills provide solid math practice
Grades 6-8
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Geometry Pad Publisher: Bytes Arithmetic LLC
Construct and explore geometric figures with smart digital workbook
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4

ELA

World's Worst Pet - Vocabulary Publisher: Curriculum Associates, LLC
Hip games help kids learn words they'll actually use
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Mars Gen One: Argubot Academy Publisher: GlassLab
Hone powerful persuasive skills on a red-planet adventure
Grades 6-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
News360 Publisher: News360 Inc.
Customizable reader has top-notch features, but beware of iffy content
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Adobe Voice
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Publisher: Adobe
Easy-to-use tool for creating high-quality voice-narrated slideshows
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

Science

NASA App Publisher: NASA Ames Research Center
Visually super NASA-backed treasure trove may overwhelm
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Classify It! Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Cool tool teaches kids to observe, identify, classify living things
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Project Noah Publisher: Networked Organisms
Contribute kid research to stellar crowdsourced field guide
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Science Journal Publisher: Marketing @ Google
Turn your Android into a lab sensor to collect and analyze data
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
TinkerBox Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Fantastic physics puzzler puts a virtual maker faire in kids' hands
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

Social Studies

Google Earth
Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
National Archives DocsTeach
Historical texts, interactive activities can promote critical thinking
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
NYT VR - Virtual Reality Stories from the NYTimes Publisher: The New York Times Company
Immersive 360-degree videos take users inside the headlines
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
NPR News Publisher: NPR
Top-notch digital content takes students beyond the airwaves
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

Arts

MoMA Art Lab Publisher: MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Interactive projects, cool prompts, and famous works inspire creation
Grades 1-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Wizard School Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Curated videos and creative challenges ignite active learning
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Paper by FiftyThree Publisher: FiftyThree
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook for any age
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Canva - Graphic Design & Photo Editing Publisher: Canva Pty Ltd.
Create snazzy designs in seconds with flexible, cloud-based tool
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4