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15+ Educational iOS Apps to Expand Your Mind

By , December 12, 2011 | iPhone, iPad
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A third of our lives are spent in boring classrooms and hearing anything to do with “educational” will probably make you run off. However with mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad, learning has taken on a totally new dimension with interesting media, touch interaction and a vast depth of information to be explored. Here are some educational iOS apps that are fun and intriguing to expand your mind.

 

1. Exoplanet

Developed and maintained by an astronomer himself, Exoplanet is a fascinating app to let you explore a frequently updated database of all known exoplanets with related info such as physical characteristics and orbital details. View the planets in stunning 3D where you get to see the position of all exoplanets in the galactic coordinate system. Best of all, the app is free.

Exoplanet

Cost: Free
Category: Education
Size: 13.7 MB
Supported: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

 

2. Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide

Star Walk is an augmented reality app that lets you point your iPhone to the skies and see the stars, constellations, and satellites in real-time. Tap on any object and a more details appear like astronomical data and probably the celestial history as well. There’s up to 8,000 stars to explore and there’s also a night mode to preserve the darkness and see more stars. Star Walk is a visually stunning app for budding astronomers or anyone who’s curious about the universe.

star-walk-5-Stars-Astronomy-Guide

Cost: $2.99
Category: Education
Size: 101 MB
Supported: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

 

3. Discover – Wikipedia in a Magazine

Wikipedia is one of the largest free online encyclopedia and it can be quite a task to navigate through the vast amount of information. Download the free Wikipedia app for the iPad that formats the pages into a magazine style. You can shake the iPad to get a random cover of the day. There’s also a search and history function to let you easily search the info you want. You can even browse offline for previously viewed articles. A great app that takes mundane text and format it into a visually appealing magazine style.

Discover-Wikipedia-in-a-Magazine

Cost: Free
Category: Lifestyle
Size: 17.7 MB
Supported: iPad

 

4. TED

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and is a global set of conferences curated to bring you videos related to tech, science and culture. Did you know that you need to spend $6,000 just to attend the conference? You get all the videos for free with this iPad app. Discover more than 900 videos and you can create playlists and even save the videos for offline viewing.

TED

Cost: Free
Category: Education
Size: 11.9 MB
Supported: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

 

5. Britannica Kids – Volcanoes

If you’re interested in how scary volcanoes work, then this is a nice interactive app that is packed with all kinds of multimedia content designed to educate users about volcanoes. There’s pictures, videos, and mini-games covering topics such as The Erupting Earth, Lava and Magma, Birth of an Island, etc.

Britannica-Kids-Volcanoes

Cost: $4.99
Category: Education
Size: 168 MB
Supported: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

 

6. The Elements – A Visual Exploration

The Elements is an iPad app that takes chemistry to a whole new level. Instead of a boring periodic table, each element comes in the form of a 360-degree animated object. You can view more of the element’s atomic radius and structure, as well as more information for each element. A fascinating way to explore what our world is made of.

The-Elements-A-Visual-Exploration

Cost: $13.99
Category: Books
Size: 1.71 GB
Supported: iPad

 

7. World Atlas HD

World Atlas HD lets you view the world at your fingertips. High resolution maps are pulled from National Geographic’s online database and you can view them in Political, Satellite and Executive view. You can find out more info of any nation such as its population, size, climate, religions, etc.

World-Atlas-HD

Cost: $1.99
Category: Reference
Size: 67.6 MB
Supported: iPad

 

8. NASA Visualization Explorer

This iPad app delivers the latest NASA related news on cutting-edge projects with high-resolution imagery from above the skies. Travel to places and see the Earth as you’ve never seen it before. The NASA Visualization Explorer app lets you understand the Earth’s climate and solar system in a more visually striking way.

NASA-Visualization-Explorer

Cost: Free
Category: Education
Size: 4.0 MB
Supported: iPad

 

9. Cachalot

Developed for students of Duke’s Marine Megafauna class, but is also free for everyone else to learn more about marine megafauna like Hawaiian spinner dolphins to Magellanic penguins. Includes photos, audio, and video to make this a much more engaging and interactive app to learn more about marine life.

Cachalot

Cost: Free
Category: Education
Size: 24.4 MB
Supported: iPad

 

10. Art Authority for iPad

It’s hard to see complete collections of artworks at a single museum but with this iPad app, you have a collection of works from more than 1,000 artists. View 10GB worth of art with over 55,000 paintings and sculptures. It’s organised into eight period-specific rooms, i.e. Ancient, Modern, Contemporary, Gothic, Renaissance. The best thing about this museum is that there’s no closing time.

Art-Authority-for-iPad

Cost: $9.99
Category: Reference
Size: 61.6 MB
Supported: iPad

 

11. Dinosaur Zoo

Enter the Jurassic Park from your iPad. You get to navigate around with a map like the one given in your local zoo. Each crate in the map is a dino species but you only get 8 animals from the starter pack and I’m wondering if the developer will charge for the extra animals. Interact with the animals by swimming with them and also feeding them, just try not to get your finger bitten off. Each dinosaur comes with interesting facts, prehistoric maps of where they lived and where they died, 360 degree models, etc. An app that lacks a bit of depth but makes up for the great animation and something your kids will love.

dinosaur-zoo

Cost: $3.99
Category: Education
Size: 257 MB
Supported: iPad

 

12. Visible Body for iPad 2 3D Human Anatomy Atlas

This is a human anatomy learning and teaching app that allows users to explore the human body visually and interactively. It has both the male and female 3D anatomical models with more than 2,500 structures to be explored. You can explore the model by rotating, tilting, zooming, fading and hiding any of the anatomical structures.

Visible-Body-for-iPad-2-3D-Human-Anatomy-Atlas

Cost: $29.99
Category: Medical
Size: 97.9 MB
Supported: iPad

 

13. Geo Walk HD – 3D World Fact Book

Encyclopedias are boring, that’s why it’s sitting at the shelf untouched most of the time. Here comes Geo Walk for the iPad which lets you spin the globe and find out more information like historical places, great people, unusual animals and plants all around the world. There’s about 500 objects for you to explore and there’s also a Quiz mode to test your new found knowledge.

Geo-Walk-HD

Cost: $2.99
Category: Education
Size: 83.6 MB
Supported: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

 

14. Nature Human Genome Special Edition

If you’re interested in learning more about the human genes, then check out this app. This app features landmark research, exclusive video commentary from Nature’s genetics editor, audio clips from authors discussing their papers, etc.

Nature-Human-Genome-Special-Edition

Cost: Free
Category: Education
Size: 236 MB
Supported: iPad

 

15. HowStuffWorks

Have you ever wondered how things work? Like can a car run on nuclear power? Did Egyptians really build the Sphinx? These are just some of the questions you can find answers from by using this HowStuffWorks app. With a database of over 30,000 articles, podcasts and videos that’s accessible from the app. Also use this app to access other interesting topics like Stuff You Missed in History Class, Stuff Mom Never Told You, CarStuff, etc.

HowStuffWorks

Cost: Free
Category: Entertainment
Size: 13.8 MB
Supported: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

 

16. Science360 for iPad

Science360 lets you have easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the world. Keep abreast of breaking news in scientific discovery as they happen with the in-app news feed. The content is presented in a 3D sphere where you navigate around by swiping and tapping on the tiles.

Science360-for-iPad

Cost: Free
Category: Education
Size: 11.0 MB
Supported: iPad

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