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New: 10 of the best Apple and Android apps for higher education in 2013

Two years ago we presented “10 of the best apps for higher education” which highlighted some of the best apps for iPhones and iPods. However, with new upgrades in touch technology, and the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and education reform in general, we’ve come up with a new list of the best Apple- and Android-based education apps for 2013.

This year’s list includes some of the most highly rated apps, both by educators and by students, and features a range that spans from free language learning software to MOOC libraries, and from free social media management to award-winning study guides.

For every app we’ve listed, we’ve included a brief description, device compatibility, suggested use, features, price, and a link to a more in-depth summary with an option to purchase on iTunes or Google Play.

Don’t see an app you love on this list? Be sure to let us know—or leave a suggestion in the comment section.

(Apps are listed in alphabetical order.)

Name: Appointment Plus

What is it? Appointment-Plus lets users take their scheduling wherever they work–across the hall, across town, or around the world. Manage appointments for yourself or your entire staff, create, update and cancel appointments on the fly.

Best for: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5; Requires Android 2.2 and up.

Price: FREE

Rated: 4+

Features:

  • Create, view, update and cancel appointments
  • If you’re an admin, manage appointments and customers for any of your locations, staff or rooms

Links: [Apple] https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/appointment-plus/id538020258?mt=8

[Android] https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appointmentplus.appointmentplus&hl=en

 

Name: Bonfyre

What is it? A private networking app that creates clubs, sports, and study groups, and improves student-to-teacher communication. Bonfyre helps provide an intimate, private level of connection between a student’s daily classroom activity and others.

Best for: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5; Requires Android 2.2 and up.

Price: FREE

Rated: 4+

Features:

  • Private Group Text Messaging
  • Private Photo Sharing App
  • Free Picture Messaging App
  • Private Photo Gallery & Albums

Links: [Apple] https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bonfyre/id463042005?ls=1&mt=8

[Android] https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobileapp.bonfyre&hl=en

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