by Katie Kearsey It’s that time of the year again – back to school! We may not all be running around to pick up shiny new school supplies like teachers and students are, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn't get ready to learn. It’s the perfect time to channel our own inner students, and what better way to keep our brains sharp than with some fun mobile apps? Check out this list of ten apps that will get your brain cells moving!
Words With Friends [Free – Android | Free – iPhone] Now, this app might come as no surprise to many mobile app users, as it has taken the world by storm. Adults and children alike are just itching to play their friends in this Scrabble-like game. What’s better than improving your vocabulary while showing your friends a thing or two? Plus, one study found that competitive Scrabble makes you smarter!
The New York Times Crosswords [Free - iPhone | Free – Blackberry] The New York Times Crosswords app has the daily puzzle in addition to archives of over 4,000 old ones. This is a great way to learn some new vocab and keep your brain sharp!
Brain Café | GeoQuiz [Free – Android | $2.99 – iPhone] GeoQuiz tests your knowledge of the planet Earth and all of its wonders by taking twenty-question quizzes created out of thousands of fun and interesting facts. There are eleven different categories, including countries and flags, people, oceans and climate change.
LangLearner [Free-$4.99 – Android] Heading to a foreign country for vacation next month? Want to learn a new language in your spare time? LangLearner has a variety of language options to choose from, ranging from Spanish and French to Greek and Japanese. Each language is organized into categories to make it easier for you to find the phrases you’re looking for, and these phrases are also spoken out loud to make it easier for you to learn proper pronunciation.
Kindle [Free – Android | Free – iPhone] E-readers are all the rage, but did you know you can access Kindle on your phone? Although the app itself is free, you’ll have to buy each book individually from the Kindle store. Most books cost less than $10.
Sudoku [Free – Android | Free – iPhone] Sudoku became popular in the U.S. several years ago, and these neat little puzzles are perfect for a mobile app. The Sudoku Free app for Android offers 500 puzzles over 5 difficulty levels, while the Sudoku Free iPhone app has hundreds of puzzles spread out across 4 difficulty levels.
5001 Amazing Facts [Free – Android] OR 10,500+ Cool Facts [Free – iPhone] If you’re someone who loves to learn fun and interesting facts, these two apps are perfect for you. With the click of a button, learn what those little hard plastic pieces at the end of your shoelace are called… Anybody know?!
Chess [Free – Android | Free – iPhone] Chess is a great game for keeping your brain sharp. Plan out strategies and play your friends, family or neighborhood chess master with these awesome apps for Android and iPhone. Google Sky Map [Free – Android] As someone who was certain she wanted to be an astronomer when she was growing up, finding this app waiting for me on my shiny new Android phone last summer was a delightful surprise I never saw coming. I opened up the app, pointed it toward the sky, and began learning what the names of dozens of stars, planets and constellations were.
Math Genius Brain Trainer [Free – Android] If you’re someone who loves working with numbers, you’ll enjoy this Math Genius app! This game boasts the ability to “improve your observation, focus, concentration and memory abilities,” and offers a number of levels for both the beginner and math whiz.
Which fun and educational mobile apps do you enjoy using? Please share in the comments below!