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Some commercial apps, at minimal cost, are now included in the listings below. The remainder of the listings are freeware.

Note that free, quality educational software is becoming more difficult to find. In many cases, this is being replaced by apps, many of which are free. As of the next update, software will no longer be included on these pages. The lists will vary over time with apps added and removed.

This page covers Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and Special Education.

The First Page covers Cross Curricula, Health & Physical Education and Language.

The Third Page covers Teacher Tools, Technology & Design and The Arts. There are also links to reviews and publishers.

Software for Other Languages is included on the Other Language pages. Some specialist software is on Special Education and Technology & Design pages.

Products are listed under either Early Learning, Primary, Secondary or Apps.

Mathematics

Calculators & Converters

  • New ! Maxima
    ‘A Computer Algebra System. A system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions’.
  • Microsoft Mathematics 4.0
    ‘Includes step-by-step instructions and explains fundamental concepts. Includes a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a hand-held calculator and ink handwriting support to recognise hand-written problems’.

Early Learning

  • Tux of Math Command
    ‘Lessons are included from simple number typing through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of positive and negative numbers. Intended for kids 4-10’.

Primary

  • TuxMathScrabble
    ‘A math version of the classic word game which challenges kids to construct compound equations and to consider multiple abstract possibilities’.

Secondary

  • New ! Cantor
    ‘An application that lets you use your favourite mathematical applications from within a nice KDE-integrated Worksheet Interface’.
  • GeoGebra
    ‘GeoGebra is free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package’. Available as an Apple, Android and Windows App.
  • Graphs Made Easy
    ‘Creates graphs and charts with simplified data entry or imported data. Create line, bar, pie, area, series bar and stack bar graphs and charts quickly and easily’.
  • Updated ! Sage
    ‘Sage can be used to study elementary and advanced, pure and applied mathematics, including basic algebra, calculus, elementary to very advanced number theory, cryptography, numerical computation, commutative algebra, group theory, combinatorics, graph theory, exact linear algebra’, more.

Apps

  • Digits
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Combines the edit-ability of a spreadsheet with the simplicity of calculator’.
  • Formulus
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Simple, easy to use, easy to navigate collection of the most important formulas and topics for high school and college students taking Calculus and Differential Equations’.
  • Geogebra
    Android, Apple & Windows, Free. ‘Joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package’.
  • Math 42
    Apple, Free. ‘Presenting intelligent recommendations, showing how to solve a problem, by giving detailed, illustrated step by step solutions, and a Training and Test Mode’.
  • Math Ref
    Android, Not Free. ‘Browse over 1 400 formulas, figures, and examples to help you with Maths, Physics, Chemistry and more’.
  • MyScript Calculator
    Apple, Free. ‘Perform mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting’. Also available free for Android
  • Number Play Free
    Android, Free. ‘Improve your Number skill, Maths skill, Multiplication skills, Attention Training & Learn about Multiples, Divisibility Rules, Times Tables’ … .
  • Virtual Nerd Mobile Math
    Apple, Free. ‘ Interactive tutorial videos review fundamental math concepts in middle school and high school’. Pearson Education.
  • WolframAlpha
    Apple & Android, Not Free. ‘Access the full power of the Wolfram|Alpha knowledge engine wherever and whenever you need it’.

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Science

Primary & Secondary

  • SolarMax
    ‘SolarMax, a complete simulation of the solar system. Use it to track the night sky where you live and know exactly where the stars and planets are, right now or in the future’.

Secondary

  • ACD/ChemSketch
    ‘Easy-to-use chemical modeling and rendering program with a versatile 3D viewer that lets you specify everything from shapes and colours to Initial Internuclear Distance’.
  • Echem
    ‘eChem is a software tool designed to support the learning of chemistry principles by creating virtual, three-dimensional models of molecules’.
  • Updated ! Microsoft Research WorldWide Telescope
    ‘Enables you to explore the universe, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world and combining it with 3D navigations’. Mac and PC.

Periodic Table Software

  • New ! Dhaatu
    Very small program. Provides a full range of information.
  • Periodic Table Explorer
    ‘All the elements of the Periodic Table along with images of the elements in their natural state, as well as other information and interactive displays’. Windows, Mac, iPhone.
  • Physion
    ‘Create various physical objects [circles, polygons, gears, etc.] and joints [e.g. springs, pulleys etc.] that obey the laws of Physics. Allows the users to execute their own scripts/programs in JavaScript’.
  • New ! Biogenesis
    ‘Simulates in a visual fashion the processes involved in the evolution of unicellular organisms at nature’.

Apps

  • Brain Tutor HD
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Learn about the structure and function of the human brain by interacting with high-resolution rotatable 3D models in real-time’.
  • Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Take a mind-blowing 3D tour of the Universe with Professor Brian Cox as your guide’.
  • Cell and Cell Structure
    Apple, Not Free. ‘A fantastic middle-school biology app. Get to know all about cells, their structure, and functions’.
  • Chemical Suite Free
    Android, Free. ‘Chemical Suite includes educational tools related to chemistry’.
  • Exploriments Simple Circuits
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Ideally suited for elementary and middle school, the app provides a complete toolkit for understanding and designing circuit arrangements’.
  • Genetic Code
    Apple, Free. ‘Visualises standard genetic code as well as provides information about 20 amino acids and their abbreviations’.
  • Life Science
    Apple, Free. ‘A complete and completely free science textbook, in a handy app format’.
  • Meet Science : Magnetism and Electricity
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Explore fundamental concepts of Magnetism and Electricity with a variety of fun features such as animations, experiments, and mini-games’.
  • Mini-Monsters
    Apple, Not Free. ‘A photographic and educational exploration of the wonderful microscopic world of insects, bugs, spiders,’ … .
  • Mobento
    Android, Free. ‘Very high quality educational videos. This includes content from Khan Academy, TED, Stanford, Yale, Cambridge, Bozeman Science, NASA and many more’.
  • Physics Toolbox-Mechanics
    Apple, Free. ‘A portable means for students to practise questions related to topics covered in mechanics’.
  • Science360
    Apple, Free. ‘Easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe’.
  • Skeptical Science
    Android, Free. ‘Helps you find out what the peer reviewed science has to say about global warming and allows you to respond to statements by skeptics with hard science’.
  • Video Science
    Apple, Free. ‘Video Science is for science teachers, kids and science enthusiasts alike’.
  • VSB Chemistry
    Apple, Free. ‘Introduces students to the basics of chemistry, matter and energy, and the interaction between them. Lessons are presented through engaging videos’.

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Social Science

Primary & Secondary

  • Enigeo
    ‘A great way to learn countries, capitals and flags around the world in a fun way. You can either answer questions about the countries in a highly customisable quiz or you can just explore the world’. Available as a Portable program as well.
  • Seterra 4.0
    ‘A challenging geography program with 70 different exercises. Learn about countries, capitals, flags, cities’.
  • Simutrans
    ‘Open-source transportation simulation game. Your goal is to establish a successful transport company. Interconnect cities, districts, public buildings, industries and tourist attractions’.
  • XNavigator
    ‘Interactive 3D viewer and integrated client for exploring virtual city and landscape models. A wide range of interaction and navigation possibilities’.

Apps

  • AP History & Social Science
    Android, Free. Quizzes in areas from Comparative Government to World History.
  • Back in Time
    Apple, Not Free. ‘A stunning exploration of the history of our Universe, Earth, Life and Civilisation’.
  • Greek Mythology
    Android, Free. ‘Explore Greek Mythology with Socratica’.
  • History : Maps of World
    Apple, Free. ‘Explore the world through interactive maps illustrating geopolitical and geographic shifts over time’.
  • Oceans
    Apple, Free. ‘The first electronic edition of this lavishly illustrated book - Oceans : Heart of Our Blue Planet’.
  • Renaissance History 101 : The Animated TextVook
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Presents The Renaissance in an easy-to-follow format, combining text and video’.

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Special Education

All Levels

  • AudioDocs
    ‘AudioDocs is a free and simple Windows application that converts Word documents [DOC/DOCX] into audio WAV files’.
  • Hiyah.net
    ‘Educational software is made for children 18 months to 6 years of age [or higher for children struggling with language delays due to autism or other causes]’.
  • The vOICe Learning Edition
    ‘Translates arbitrary video images from a regular PC camera into sounds. This means that you can see with your ears’.
  • Thunder
    ‘Award-winning free screenreader talking software for people with little or no sight. It works well with Windows’.
  • WebbIE
    ‘Web browser for blind and visually-impaired people, especially those using screen readers. It comes with the Accessible programs’.

Apps

  • Asking TherAppy
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Targets the important goal of learning to ask questions for users of all ages’.
  • AutismXpress
    Apple, Free. ‘Designed to encourage people with autism to recognise and express their emotions through its fun and easy to use interface’. Also available for Android.
  • Let’s be Social : Social Skills Development
    Apple, Not Free. ‘A powerful tool designed to help special needs professionals and parents teach social skills to those that struggle with social communication’.
  • LinguaPix
    Apple, Free. ‘For individuals to practice expressive language skills in three activities : Flashcards, Matching, and Pick or Spin’. There is a Full version but this is not free.
  • See.Touch.Learn.
    Apple, Free. ‘A picture learning system designed specifically for those with autism and other special needs’.
  • TapToTalk
    Android, Free. ‘Allows users to choose among different sets of AAC albums based on the needs of the non-verbal child or adult’.

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