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Great Windows Apps for Learning

Whether you're looking for Windows apps for your phone, laptop, or desktop these apps will steer you and your students in the right direction. We've curated our top-rated Windows apps for STEM, ELA, and Social Studies as well as more general purpose apps that cross a variety of subjects or build creative and critical thinking skills. There's everything from innovative games to essential instructional tools, and tools for every grade level.

Windows Apps for All Classrooms

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week Publisher: BrainPOP
High-quality animated videos engage young kids in a variety of topics
Grades K-3
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
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Common Core Standards Publisher: MasteryConnect
Complete Common Core State Standards in convenient, searchable, free resource
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
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Khan Academy Visit Website: http://www.khanacademy.org
Missions boost learning with balance of focus, freedom to explore
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Nearpod Publisher: Nearpod, LLC
Interactive slide show tool engages students and promotes collaboration
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
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BrainPOP Featured Movie Publisher: BrainPOP
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
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Zoombinis Publisher: Technical Education Research Centers, Inc.
Classic logic puzzler gets a beautiful new look
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
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World of Goo Publisher: 2D BOY
Stellar physics builder with wiggly, animated goo balls
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $2.99-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Nook HD, Apps for Windows
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Evernote Publisher: Evernote
Impressive organizational tool has limitless uses
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Microsoft OneNote Publisher: Microsoft
Mobile version of a note-taking giant, now built for flexible, collaborative work
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps, Fire phone
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Office Sway Publisher: Microsoft
Cool scroll effects, flexible features boost visual storytelling tool
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Apps for Windows
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Autodesk Sketchbook Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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HowStuffWorks Publisher: HowStuffWorks.com
Explore the world's nuts and bolts in this fab interactive info hub
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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OneDrive Publisher: Microsoft
Share files with Microsoft’s free but limited cloud storage tool
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
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Windows Apps for ELA and Social Studies Classrooms

Stack the Countries Publisher: Dan Russell-Pinson
A whole world of facts, maps, and fun waiting to be stacked
Grades 2-6
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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iTooch 6th Grade Language Arts Publisher: eduPad Inc.
Quality lessons, challenging quizzes help kids learn core concepts
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
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Scribblenauts Remix Publisher: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Vocab-building word puzzles inspire creative problem-solving
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price $.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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New York Times App Publisher: The New York Times Company
Easy access to news, but most content is available only to subscribers
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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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
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Windows Apps for STEM Classrooms

Motion Math: Hungry Fish Publisher: Motion Math
Six games build mental math skills and promote fact fluency
Grades K-4
Type App
Price $1.99-$5.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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CK-12 Visit Website: http://www.ck12.org
Super STEM resource with highly accessible content
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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LifeLiQe Publisher: LifeLiQe, Inc.
Impressive, interactive 3D models augment classroom learning
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad, Apps for Windows
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Next Generation Science Standards
Free resource puts Next Generation Science Standards at your fingertips
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
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Ansel and Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
Awesome time travel adventure lets kids walk with the dinosaurs
Grades 1-4
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, Apps for Windows
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Kodu Game Lab Publisher: Microsoft
Open-ended game design and programming tool for visual thinkers
Grades 3-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Windows, Xbox 360
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DragonBox Algebra 5+ Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Mesmerizing step-by-step puzzler sets the foundation for algebra
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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iTooch 6th Grade Math Publisher: eduPad Inc.
Comprehensive practice tool covers a wide range of skills
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
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NOVA Elements Publisher: PBS
Info-packed science resource great for teaching the elements
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, Apps for Windows
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Sky Map Publisher: Sky Map Devs
Encourage planetary appreciation with fab free app
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, Apps for Windows
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DragonBox Algebra 12+ Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Super fun, cutting-edge approach to learning and practicing algebra
Grades 6-10
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Geogebra Visit Website: http://www.geogebra.org/
Create, share, and modify math models and simulations
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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PocketLab Publisher: Myriad Sensors
Gather and analyze live data anywhere
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, Chrome, Windows Phone
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Cogent Education Publisher: IS3D, LLC
Think like a scientist: Solve biology case studies
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $29.99 Per Case, Per Class, Per Year
Platforms Android, iPad, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
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Arloon Chemistry Publisher: PARADOX TEAM SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Build, name, explore 3-D chemical models with augmented-reality tool
Grades 10-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone
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