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

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 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

  • Microsoft Mathematics 4.0
    ‘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’.
  • Roman Arabic Numerals Converter
    ‘Converts numbers expressed in Roman numerals into numbers expressed in Arabic digits and numbers expressed in Arabic digits into numbers expressed in Roman numerals’.
  • SpeedCrunch
    ‘SpeedCrunch is a fast, high precision and powerful desktop calculator. Available for Linux, Windows and Apple Mac OS X. It’s completely free’.

Early Learning

  • 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’.

Primary

  • Math Worksheet Generator
    ‘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’.
  • TuxMathScrabble
    ‘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’.

Secondary

  • 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. 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’.
  • Sage
    ‘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
    ‘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

Apps

  • New ! Algeo graphing calculator
    Android, Free. ‘Draw functions, find intersections and show a table of values of the functions with an easy to use interface’.
  • 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’.
  • New ! DragonBox Algebra 5+
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Perfect for giving young children a head start in mathematics and algebra’.
  • New ! Graphing Calculator
    Apple, Not Free. Highly rated.
  • New ! Math Ref
    Android, Not Free. ‘Browse over 1 400 formulas, figures, and examples to help you with Maths, Physics, Chemistry and more’.
  • New ! Mystery Math Museum
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Use your math skills to rescue the dragonflies in Mystery Math Museum for ages 6-12 and up’.
  • New ! Splash Math Kindergarten App
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Children Learn Basic Concepts’.
  • New ! Symmetry School : Learning Geometry
    Apple, Not Free. Multi-award winning app.
  • Virtual Manipulatives
    Apple, Free. Allows comparison of fractions, decimals and percentages using concrete forms.
  • New ! WolframAlpha
    Apple & Android, Not Free. ‘Lets you 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. 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’.
  • Souptoys
    ‘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]
  • Sundial
    ‘Simulation of a real horizontal sundial, dependent on a geographic position [latitude]’.

Secondary

  • Echem
    ‘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

  • pElement
    ‘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.
    Exceptional !
  • Physion
    ‘The user, using the tools of Physion, can create various physical objects [circles, polygons, gears, etc.] and joints [e.g. springs, pulleys etc.] that obey the laws of Physics. This way the user can experiment by creating various scenes/scenarios which can be either simple physics experiments or complex structures/mechanisms. Physion also allows the users to execute their own scripts/programs in JavaScript. This way Physion can be a nice and friendly tool for introduction to programming’.
  • Virtual Moon Atlas
    ‘The Virtual Moon Atlas Pro allows you to explore and analyse the sophisticated natural satellite known as the Moon’. [Softpedia®

Apps

  • New ! 3D Brain App
    Apple & Android, Not Free. ‘Allows you to use your mobile device to rotate and zoom around 28 interactive structures of the brain’ and more.
  • New ! Bubble Pop Science Kids Game
    Android, Not Free. ‘The best part of this educational kids game is that your children will actually play it’.
  • 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’.
  • 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’.
  • New ! HudsonAlpha iCell
    Apple, Free. ‘A 3D view inside a cell. Included are examples of three types of cells : animal, plant, and bacteria’.
  • New ! Muscle System Pro
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Ideal for visual learners and anyone wishing to get a detailed glimpse into the musculoskeletal system’.
  • New ! Pocket Universe : Virtual Sky Astronomy
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Making astronomy a bit less mysterious - but no less remarkable’.
  • New ! Rocket Science 101
    Apple & Android, Free. ‘Select your favourite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit’.
  • New ! Science360
    Apple, Free. ‘Provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe’.
  • New ! SkySafari
    Apple, Not Free. ‘The best of all the star chart apps for iOS’. Multiple versions
  • New ! The Elements : A Visual Exploration
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Stephen Fry described as “Alone worth the price of an iPad !” ’
  • New ! Ultimate Dinopedia
    Apple, Not Free. ‘The most complete, most beautiful, and most up-to-date look at the dinosaur world’.
  • New ! Video Science
    Apple, Free. ‘Video Science is for science teachers, kids and science enthusiasts alike’.
  • Visual Anatomy
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Interactive reference with 1247 Gray’s anatomy images add-on, a muscle highlighting tool and full description’.

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Social Science

Primary & Secondary

  • Enigeo
    ‘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’.

Secondary

  • Simutrans
    ‘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’.
  • XNavigator
    ‘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’.

Apps

  • New ! Back in Time
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Back in Time will take you on a stunning exploration of the history of our Universe, Earth, Life and Civilisation’.
  • New ! EarthViewer
    Apple, Free. ‘Based on the latest scientific research, it lets you scroll through the last 4.5 billion years with your fingertips’.
  • New ! Timeline WW2 with Dan Snow
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Timeline World War 2 is a fascinating history app. It uses a timeline format to present events, pictures, and videos related to World War 2 in brilliant clarity’.
  • New ! Tiny Countries
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Help Tiny in this epic adventure to save the world using his awesome skills in geography’.
  • New ! Virtual History - ROMA
    Apple, Not Free. ‘The new digital book becomes a sort of telescope that can be used to examine a three-dimensional reconstruction of Imperial Rome’.

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Special Education

All Levels

  • 200 Best iPad apps for Special Education
    Not only curriculum areas but also other areas such as fine motor development and early intervention.
  • AudioDocs
    ‘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.
  • 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]’.
  • ScreenReader.net
    ‘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 Blind
    ‘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
    ‘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

  • SpokenText
    ‘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’.

Apps

  • New ! ArtikPix - Full
    Apple, Not Free. ‘An engaging articulation app with flashcard and matching activities for children with speech sound delays’.
  • New ! AutismClassroom
    Apple, Not Free. ‘The new application for educators and families who have children with autism in their lives’.
  • New ! Behaviour Support for Autism and Special Education
    Apple, Free. ‘Provides information for parents, caretakers and educators of children who need positive methods to support behaviour’.
  • New ! LetterReflex
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Overcoming Letter Reversals & Backwards Writing in Early Childhood Development & Dyslexic Children’.
  • New ! Social Quest
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Utilises a problem-solving quest theme in which students navigate various locations and earn “rewards” linked to social competencies’.

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