Top 15 Free Educational Resources and Apps for Teens
To encourage teens to make the most of tech resources at home, school and the library, we’ve compiled a list of free technology resources intended to accelerate the learning process and prepare students for higher education.
These free apps and resources are perfect for the teenage student, and many of them can ease and enhance anyone’s day, regardless of age or education level.
General Study Tools
No more forgetting that the test is today. No more “I totally forget my project is due tomorrow!” myHomework helps you keep track of important assignment due dates, test dates and more. Organize upcoming assignments by class and sync across multiple devices. Visit myHomework.
The Trapper Keeper® is trendy, but there’s a more efficient way to organize your stuff. LiveBinders lets you create specific folders then add files, video clips, Google docs and more. Share your files and access countless resources that other users have uploaded. Visit LiveBinders.
StudyBlue is a platform for organizing notes and creating flashcards/study guides. Users can share study plans with other students in their class and access study guides and notes on a variety of subjects. The free app allows users to access their notes and flashcards offline. Visit StudyBlue.
Too distracted by social media and other diversions to focus on your studies? Cut out the distractions with Cold Turkey. This customizable program enables you to use your time uninterrupted. Block social media, specific applications, even the entire Internet so you can focus on the task at hand. Visit Cold Turkey.
Quizlet connects students to lesson plans, quizzes and flashcard study guides on a variety of subjects. Create your own study asset, or browse thousands of others added by other users. The app, available on Android and iOS, is perfect for getting a quick study session in anytime. Visit Quizlet.
Need a little extra help with a particular subject? Time and money for a tutor can be hard to find, but not with the Khan Academy. This free learning resource gives users 24/7 access to instructional videos and exercises on a variety of subjects. Develop your own learning plan and advance at your pace. Visit Khan Academy.
Watch Know Learn
If watching a video is your preferred way to learn, this site is for you. Watch Know Learn connects students and teachers to thousands of educational videos, with subjects ranging from math and science to arts and history. You won’t find a better organized collection of educational videos. Visit Watch Know Learn.
Subject Specific Help
Learning a foreign language can be challenging, but duoLingo makes it a little easier. Available online and as an app for Android and iOS, duoLingo incorporates reading, listening and speaking exercises into motivating and rewarding games. Lessons are available for more than 20 languages. Visit duoLingo.
Desmos Graphing Calculator
Instead of lugging around a bulky graphing calculator, turn your computer screen or smartphone into one. The Desmos Graphing Calculator can perform virtually every function of a traditional graphing calculator. Use it to simultaneously solve and graph simple or complex equations. Visit Desmos Graphing Calculator.
You have to try this app to believe it. Take a picture of your linear math equation and PhotoMath will give you the solution as well as a step-by-step explanation showing how to solve the problem. This easy-to-use app is a must for every student wanting to excel in math. Visit PhotoMath.
Become a better writer with the Hemingway App. Just copy/paste your work into this app and you’ll quickly see this tool goes way beyond spellcheck. You’ll still get that red “squiggly” under misspelled words, but the app will also point out uses of passive voice and adverbs, as well as highlight difficult-to-read sentences. Visit Hemingway App.
From the creators of Sparknotes, LitCharts is also a supplemental reading guide that offers summaries and analyses on hundreds of popular works of literature. Color-coding and icons help the reader quickly identify symbols and themes in the text. It’s the perfect way to supplement your reading. Visit LitCharts.
You have a hundred questions about college. BigFuture may not be able to answer all of them, but they can give valuable insight to many of them. Find colleges, learn how to apply, explore career paths, look into ways to pay for college and much more. Get answers to your biggest college questions here. Visit BigFuture.
Stop, Breathe & Think
Balancing school, family, social activities, and in some cases a job to go along with it, is stressful. To counter the daily stresses of life, Stop, Breath & Think encourages users to take a brief time out for meditation and self-reflection. Just a few minutes to yourself can make all the difference. Visit Stop, Breathe & Think.
Magoosh is a leader in online preparation for a variety of major scholastic tests, including the big ones for getting into college: the SAT and ACT. While there is a charge for more intensive online lessons, you can access flashcards and test tips anytime for free with the app. Visit Magoosh Apps.