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Be Wise with the Best Educational Apps for Mac and Windows

Educational software can help polish your skills without stepping into a classroom.

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Educational software can keep you learning -- no matter what you're interested in. From ebooks and fitness apps to typing tutors, educational software can help polish your skills without stepping intomore

Educational software can keep you learning -- no matter what you're interested in. From ebooks and fitness apps to typing tutors, educational software can help polish your skills without stepping into a classroom. While mobile learners have a wealth of useful educational apps to choose from -- including health, travel, classroom, and even ancestry -- desktop students are completely shut out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find ebooks?
Apple, Amazon, and Google, among others, offer dedicated eBook stores and readers for discovering, buying, and reading electronic books. While many lock you into their platform through a proprietary eBook format or digital-rights management, eBooks in the ePub format allow you to load and read eBooks on most devices. If you are looking for free eBooks, Project Gutenberg is a good source for finding titles in the public domain, with more than 50,000 books ranging from the likes of Jane Austen to Émile Zola.
Can I take courses online?
If you're looking for more sedentary learning, you still have plenty of ways to stay sharp. Google Earth lets you tour the globe without leaving your chair. If you're looking for more sedentary learning, you still have plenty of ways to stay sharp. Lynda.com, for example, offers videos on everything from Microsoft Excel basics to mindfulness training. Khan Academy has a vast catalog of video lessons, ranging from beginning math to music appreciation. Ted Talks videos span how to be a great leader to how to survive on Mars. And you can learn to code, too. Codecademy offers bite-sized interactive lessons covering HTML to data analytics.
Can I watch my weight and monitor my fitness?
Need help with weight loss or exercise? Health and fitness apps can track how many steps you take, continually monitor your heart rate, chart your sleep patterns, and more. Some can track your calorie intake as well with expansive catalogs of food, letting you pick what you eat from a list or scan an item's barcode to choose it. You can also save meals of your own making to the list. Most health and fitness apps have a social component, so you can compare your activities with friends and take part in challenges to keep you motivated.

Best educational apps

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

With free Amazon Kindle desktop app, read your ebooks on your PC or Mac. You can sync up your reading across platforms, including notes and bookmarks, making it easy to read wherever you are. The app also includes Amazon's bookstore to shop for what to read next.

Google Earth

Google Earth

Google Earth is an engaging app that lets you explore the surface of the world and learn about the planet's culture and history. Hunt for landmarks, explore regions, read about cultures, and send postcards to friends.