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Get Smart With Educational Apps & Websites

By Richard Campbell

While many students worship at the altar of SnapChat, KIK, and Instagram, the awareness on the part of your resident student of great educational apps may not be quite as extensive. Starting with economics, the majority of the apps and websites I offer here are free., though a few have fees.

Khan Academy

Most students of public schools know the first two sites, but it is worth mentioning in case the math or science challenged have overlooked Khan’s copious resources.

TED Talks

TED talks is more questionable at times in terms of accuracy, but provides a more opinion based set of usually inspiring lectures. I like the fact that you can vote for lectures you like is kind of good.

Interactive Constitution

Download from Google Play. First off is the interactive constitution app created by the National Constitution Center. It is an easy interface that starts with the full constitution, and moves onto experts who weigh in on issues Constitution giving informed pro and con debates. This makes a pretty good site to start a paper with on the subject, and is searchable by issue.

EdX University Courses from Around the Globe

Download form iTunes or Google Play. In the land of free education, it doesn’t get much bigger than Edx. MIT, Harvard, Boston University, UC Berkeley, University of Texas, nd many others offer 1,900 courses on every subject imaginable, with 14 million students attending. Try not to be overwhelmed. Here’s the thing. You can’t receive a degree from these courses, they are for enrichment or merely to bone up on a subject, but be aware of your educational level when you sign up.

National Oceanic and Atmosphere Website

All things weather are describe here, and huge resources of world imagery, climate science, and interesting articles.

Atlas Obscura

This website is the perfect place to start a paper or project on a unique subject from around the world. Did you want to know about hidden architectural treasure of Steinert Hall beneath the city of Boston? How about parabolic slides in Munich, Germany? How about a Roman Cat Sanctuary? The possibilities are endless as you travel the world looking for the mystical, ghoulish, scientifically wondrous and unfathomable.

Arnold Arboretum

Website: With spring coming you may be thinking about plants and trees, and the mother of all parks in Boston has a great website. It’s cool interactive map, huge research resources, and great historical photography make it a great site for nature lovers, or students of biology and horticulture.

My Study Life

Download from Google Play or iTunes: In a geeky sort of way this app handles things better than normal calendar apps because it allows you to tailor your notifications to an academic year, by course, and assignments. It is also ad free, so the interface is uncluttered.

Microsoft One Note:

Download from Google Play and iTunes. Because of its integration with the rest of Microsoft Office, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this app. Though some of the recent improvements have made it better, it is sort of clunky in my mind.

Periodic Table from Royal Society of Chemistry

There are many periodic tables out there, but for sheer simplicity and workability it is hard to beat this one. You can see all the salient scientific facts about the element, its history, and it also doesn’t have cheesy ads like some other similar apps.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

You will find a vast quantity of up to date medical science resources here, from clearing houses on American research, and fact sheets that can be trusted.

The Genome Project:

Everything you ever wanted to know about DNA and more. The online Education Kit that describes the history of genetics, provides a timeline, and is a great first overview. National DNA day is April 25th.