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Mobile Apps for Students

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"We need to embrace technology to make learning more engaging. Because when students are engaged and they are interested, that's where learning takes place." ― Unknown

These apps are useful for adult education and literacy students. We recommend that teachers thoroughly familiarize themselves with an app before recommending it to students. You may use this critical evaluation rubric to evaluate the content of the apps and keep a copy of each evaluation you in your records. This rubric can be used repeatedly.

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Fry Words by Innovative Mobile Apps (Free, IOS)
In 1996, Dr. Fry expanded on Dolch’s sight word lists and research, and published “Fry 1000 Instant Words.” In his research, Dr. Fry found the following results:

  • 25 words make up approximately 1/3 of all items published.
  • 100 words comprise approximately 1/2 of all of the words found in publications.
  • 300 words make up approximately 65% of all written material.

This app has broken all 1,000 Fry words into unique sets of 10 words each.


SAT Math Trainer (Free, IOS)
SAT Mathematics Trainer will greatly help you get ready for the SAT Math Exam by gradually bringing you to the required skills and speed. A must have trainer for SAT candidates. 10000+ questions in Algebra, Geometry and Probabilities are available for the most accurate training.

Math Trainer (Free, Android)
Test your skills in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Try how many math problems you can solve in 1 minute. Play the challenge mode: The game is never going to end, unless you answer three questions incorrectly. Practice the times tables. Many difficulty levels.

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GED Test from Quizworld (Android)
General Educational Development (GED) tests are a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker has American or Canadian high school-level academic skills. The “GED” acronym is frequently misused to mean “general education degree” or “general education diploma,” GED Test application also has many flashcards for you. Practice them everyday to improve your vocabulary.

Regional Adult Ed – GED (Free, Android)
This application is designed to encourage adult education students to use technology as the 2014 version of the GED test will be computer based and require technology skills as well as basic skills and knowledge. (Free, IOS, Android, Web)
This handy reference includes a dictionary, thesaurus, translator, and audio component.

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