Mostly Freeware is included. Some commercial apps, at minimal cost, are now included in the listings below. For other commercial products, see company listings provided in the Other Information section or commercial offerings in stores, newspapers and magazines.
The lists will vary over time with programs and 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, The Arts and Other Information.
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Software for Other Languages is included on the various Other Language pages. Some specialist software is on Special Education and Technology & Design pages. Software for Tertiary Subjects is included on those pages.
Products are listed under Early Learning, Primary, Secondary or All Levels. Where no specific area is seen to be relevant, these indicators are not included.
- Microsoft Mathematics
‘Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 can help you visualise and see mathematical concepts as you’ve never seen them before. This free downloadable tool includes step-by-step instructions and explains fundamental concepts. The wide range of tools to help students with complex mathematics 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’.
- RJ Calculator
‘Scientific calculator with most basic functions like trigonometric functions, logarithms and base conversion. Also, statistic calculations like standard deviation and regression’.
‘SpeedCrunch is a fast, high precision and powerful desktop calculator. Available for Linux, Windows and Apple Mac OS X. It’s completely Free’.
- Roman Arabic Numerals
‘Converts numbers expressed in Roman numerals into numbers expressed in Arabic digits and numbers expressed in Arabic digits into numbers expressed in Roman numerals’.
- Math Resource Studio 5
‘Math Resource Studio can generate worksheets that will provide students with the practice they need to become proficient in the basic math operations. You can easily create unlimited customised worksheets for the practice of arithmetic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division’.
This Fee-based version is good value.
- Tux of Math Command
‘A math drill game starring Tux, the Linux Penguin. Lessons are included from simple number typing through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of positive and negative numbers. It is intended for kids ~4-10’.
‘End the frustration of finding time to sit down and study flash cards. With a focus on Maths you can set your child up and let them explore their own abilities in learning math. Your child will sit down and practice maths facts with Infintum an advanced fact practice robot from the future. She was sent back in time to ensure each child’s success in maths to protect her own future’.
- Math Worksheet
‘This is a tool that generates multiple math problems based on a sample, and then creates a worksheet that you can distribute. The Math Worksheet Generator works best with Word 2007. If you have that, then the tool creates a Word document and the expressions are editable’.
‘A math version of the classic word game which challenges kids to construct compound equations and to consider multiple abstract possibilities. There are four skill levels for practice, from basic addition with small numbers, through multiplication and division with larger numbers’.
‘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. It has received several educational software awards in Europe and the USA’. Available as both a program and an applet.
- Graphs Made Easy
‘GME creates graphs and charts with simplified data entry or imported data. It provides powerful editing of parameters, without sacrificing ease of use. GME now imports data from MS Excel® and similar programs. Create line, bar, pie, area, series bar and stack bar graphs and charts quickly and easily’.
- Quadratic Equation Calculator
‘Having a hard time with quadratic equations ? Then this is the place for you. With only a few clicks you can get the help you need’.
‘Built out of nearly 100 open-source packages and features a unified interface. 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 and much more’.
‘Wingeom is for high-precision geometric constructions in both two and three dimensions. Drawings can be highlighted and animated in a variety of way’. Now has an Australian translation
- CalcMadeEasy Free
Apple, Free. ‘Fully functional Scientific Calculator and Notepad with automatic note taking capability’.
- Chicken Coop Fractions Game
Apple, Free. ‘In this hilarious educational game you will be shown a fraction and your job is estimate the decimal equivalent by placing a nest on a number line. Our hens are mathematical experts and they will fire their eggs towards the correct answer’.
- Jimmy Abacus
Apple, [Now] Free. ‘This quick, snappy soroban abacus app has timed addition and subtraction sums in single or multiple exercises with the ability to repeat or go forward to sums within the app. Great user interface’.
Apple, Free. Award winning Maths app.
Android, Free. ‘Get free instant answers to your math problems, or upgrade to a premium membership to also receive step-by-step work and explanations’.
- Targeting Maths 3
Apple, Not Free. ‘An amazing new way to learn mathematics. Within this app, students can access a huge range of activities that make learning maths skills fun, motivating and full of rewards’. Site licences available for schools.
Math Precalculus App for Apple and Android, Free. ‘The Ultimate Math Practice, ThUMP, makes practicing math feel like a game ! Nine Topics, each with 100 questions : Number Skills, Exponents, Radicals, Basic Algebra, Equations & Inequalities, Intermediate Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Geometry Trigonometry’.
- Unit Converter
Android, Free. ‘A quick, easy and powerful tool for converting 23 various measurement units along with currency conversion’. There is also a Pro version which is not free.
- Virtual Manipulatives
Apple, Free. Allows comparison of fractions, decimals and percentages using concrete forms.
Primary & Secondary
‘SolarMax, a complete simulation of the solar system. It’s a fun way to learn about space and experience the vastness of our galaxy. You can 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’.
‘Soup Toys takes the concept of physics and transforms it into a software tool that lets children [or children-at-heart] play around with objects that actually interact with the world around it in a manner that obeys all of the laws of physics’. [Educational Freeware]
‘Simulation of a real horizontal sundial, dependent on a geographic position [latitude]’.
‘eChem is a software tool designed to support the learning of chemistry principles by creating virtual, three-dimensional models of molecules’.
- Light and Matter
Downloadable introductory Physics textbooks.
Highly Recommended !
- Microsoft Research WorldWide Telescope
‘From web to desktop to full dome planetarium, 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.
- Optical Lenses
‘Optical Lenses illustrates the function of convex and concave optical lenses. Both the size and the distance of the object and the focal length may be adjusted by the user’.
Periodic Table Software
‘A free interactive periodic table software application. It features user selectable skins, 12 coloured maps, find element tool, unit conversion tool and more ! The program contains extensive information on the elements including melting point, boiling point, density, year discovered, polarisability, oxidation states, X-ray energies, electron configuration, crystal structures and lattice parameters of all stable phases at atmospheric pressure [190+ total phases], and half-lives and decay modes of 660+ radioactive isotopes’ and more.
- Periodic Table Classic
‘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. Now comes in three versions. All contain the same amount of information’. Varies from 7mb to 16mb in size.
- Virtual Moon Atlas
‘The Virtual Moon Atlas Pro allows you to explore and analyse the sophisticated natural satellite known as the Moon’. [Softpedia®
- Chemisode : Unit 1 Chemistry
Apple, Not Free. ‘Chemisode is an app to help you learn Chemistry. This app features the chemisode video podcasts, 250+ flashcards and an exam timer to help you with the study of VCE Chemistry. This application will also help with any high school/early university chemistry course’. You can also download podcasts on the same topics at this Chemisode site.
- Chemisode : Unit 3 Chemistry
Apple, Not Free. ‘Chemisode is an app to help you learn Chemistry. It covers unit 3 of the VCE Chemistry course. It features the chemisode audio and video podcasts as well as over 350 flashcards to help you study. Chemisode Unit 3 also features a link to the VCAA chemistry data booklet and an exam timer’. You can also download podcasts on the same topics at this Chemisode site.
- Chemistry Ref
Apple, Not Free. ‘Chemistry Ref is a reference app that includes 2 250 compounds information, all elements, 1500 terms, equations and unit conversion calc’.
- Monster Physics™
Apple, Not Free. ‘A unique building app that lets you play with physics !’
- NASA App
Apple, Free. ‘Come explore with NASA in the palm of your hand’.
Android, Free. ‘Learn the periodic table of elements with Socratica. Over 30 facts about each element for reference. Audio clips to help with pronunciation’.
- Periodic Table App
‘The Periodic Table app contains chemical and physical information of all chemical elements. Spice up your chemistry on Windows 8 !’ Free
- The Elements : A Visual Exploration
Apple, Not Free. ‘The Elements : A Visual Exploration lets you experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before ’.
- Star Chart
Android, Not Free. ‘You can now have a virtual planetarium in your pocket !’
- Star Walk™
Apple, Not Free. Allows you to point your iPad at the sky and get information about what it can see.
- There’s No Place Like Space
!: All About Our Solar System
Apple, Not Free. ‘As children explore this animated omBook, they will discover special interactive learning moments that reinforce specific topics. Users can tap stars in the sky to reveal constellations; learn the order of the planets in our solar system through a Seussian mnemonic device; search the night sky for planets using a telescope; find hidden information cards from Thing One and Thing Two; and even access an instant glossary by tapping on special highlighted words’.
Apple, Free. ‘A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages’.
- Visual Anatomy
Apple, Not Free. ‘Interactive reference with 1247 Gray’s anatomy images add-on, a muscle highlighting tool and full description’.
- Visual Anatomy Free
Android, Not Free. ‘Visual Anatomy Free is an interactive reference, and education tool. It contains 18 high-resolution images and more than 250 feature points which can be interactively selected’.
- Weatherzone Plus
Android, Not Free. ‘Weatherzone uses Bureau of Meteorology forecasts and our meteorologists to produce accurate forecasts for Australia and the world’.
Primary & Secondary
‘Enigeo is 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 and learn about different countries’.
- Seterra 4.0
‘A challenging geography program with 70 different exercises. Learn about countries, capitals, flags, cities’.
‘Simutrans is a freeware and open-source transportation simulation game. Your goal is to establish a successful transport company. Transport passengers, mail and goods by rail, road, ship and air. Interconnect cities, districts, public buildings, industries and tourist attractions by building a transport network you always dreamed of’.
‘An interactive 3D viewer and integrated client for exploring virtual city and landscape models. A wide range of interaction and navigation possibilities makes it easy to visualise and analyse very detailed virtual urban environments’.
Apple, Free. ‘Reveals photos near your current location and allows you to view them layered over the modern scene in front of you. You can also explore collections of some of the best old photos from around the world, wherever you are’.
- TapQuiz Maps World Edition
Apple, Free. ‘Play TapQuiz Maps for an easy and quick way to master geography. Learn the countries of the world through a fun and engaging game !’. For ages 7-11.
- ThisDay - Today In History
Apple, Not Free. ‘Tells you everything you want to know about today, or any other day : holidays,
today in history, famous birthdays, etc.’.
- World Atlas HD
Apple, Not Free. ‘National Geographic’s new and improved World Atlas HD puts our best maps in the palm of your hand’.
- World War II, 1939 - 1945
Apple, Not Free. ‘Fantastic app with 312 locations, relevant facts and events that took place during the Second World War’.
‘AudioDocs is a Free and simple Windows application that converts Word documents [DOC/DOCX] into audio WAV files’. Needs Word 2007 or 2010 and NET Framework 4.5.
‘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]’.
‘Thunder is an award-winning Free screenreader talking software for people with little or no sight. It works well with Windows 7, Vista or XP. Thunder is available all over the world in 8 languages and it really is absolutely free’.
- The 200 Best Special Education Apps [Edudemic]
‘If you’re a special education teacher or are simply looking for an innovative way to reach a student … this is for you. Many apps out there are useful in the classroom but they’re not always easy to find in the clogged-up app store’.
- The vOICe Learning Edition - Synthetic Vision Software for the
‘The vOICe Learning Edition translates arbitrary video images from a regular PC camera into sounds. This means that you can see with your ears, whenever you want to’.
‘WebbIE is a web browser for blind and visually-impaired people, especially those using screen readers. It comes with the Accessible programs, letting you access news and audio on the Internet in a simple and accessible way, allowing you to use podcasts, listen to the radio and read RSS and news with your screen reader or other access solution’.
Primary & Secondary
‘Record PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, RSS news feeds, emails and web pages, and convert them to speech automatically. You can download your recording as an iPod book or mp3 file. Accounts are Free and ready to go in seconds’.
- PocketBraille Reference
Apple, Not Free. ‘PocketBraille Reference now supports one symbol word contractions and one-letter word contractions’.
- RIDBC Auslan Tutor
Apple, Free. ‘As well as offering short video clips of how to say 150 key words in sign language, there’s also the alphabet and numbers, which should offer enough to communicate with anyone. ’.
Apple, Free. ‘A picture learning system designed specifically for those with autism and other special needs’. There is also a Pro versions, but this is not free.
Apple, Free. ‘TapToTalk turns an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into an augmentative and alternative communication [AAC] device’.