My top ‘10’ Windows 8.1 apps by @InnovativeTeach AKA App Man

Stuart Ball @innovativeteach is my twitter alter ego, But, more recently in the Microsoft in Education world I have been know as the App Man. Some even think I should have a costume!

I often get asked what are my top ten for education. ‘Well how long is a piece of string?’ there are so  many great apps now in the Windows Store it is difficult to choose.

So here are my current ten favourite apps. (there are eleven, but I couldn’t decide)

image OneNote Microsoft OneNote is your digital notebook for keeping track of what's important in your life. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, clip from the web, make a to-do list as well as draw and sketch your ideas. OneNote is your one place to capture and organize everything
Logo Wordbrush Words have been trapped in straight lines for too long...set your words free!  wordBrush allows you to draw text freely on the screen, each letter following the trace of your finger as though you were painting with a brush.
Logo Kodu Kodu lets you create games through a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming.
Logo Physamajig Just sketch something out and it is translated into a realistic physics object. Add attributes such as bounciness, friction, and joints - then create your own games by adding Behaviors to the objects.
Logo Skitch Touch Skitch Touch is a free tool for communicating visually with friends, co-workers, and the world. Annotate images with arrows, shapes, text, and more. Use Skitch to sketch something new, mark up maps, screen captures, or even a photo.
Logo QR Code Designers

QR code design made easy! "QR Code Designer"
The only application generating custom-designed QR codes.

Logo Project Sienna Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is a new technology for app imagineers. Build Apps and databases without any programming.
Logo Bing Translator The Bing Translator App for Windows is your companion when you need to quickly translate what you are looking at. Use your camera or just type the text you want to translate. Text and camera translation work offline with downloadable language packs, so you can get the power of Bing Translator on-the-go, even when you don't have an Internet connection
Logo Fotor Fotor is the best all-in-one photo editing application. With cutting-edge tools including Basic Editing Tools, Brilliant Visual Effects, Frames, 1-Tap Enhance, Collage, Text, Tilt Shift and Raw Converter, all bundled together in one powerful package
Logo Nearpod

Nearpod is a synchronous solution for the use of mobile devices in the classroom. Create multimedia presentations with interactive features such as quizzes, videos, polls, drawing tools, and more

Logo Socrative

Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Windows app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide graphs of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction. Save time and visualize student understanding when it matters, now!

and currently best app I would pay for…. (and have done so!)

image Createbook

Why just read ebooks? When you can create your own!
CreateBook is an easy to use App allowing users of all ages to create stunning eBooks which include text, video and a range of other media.

and don’t forget they are Apps for Twitter, Facebook, Flipboard, Khan Academy and LinkedIn. As well apps like these for teaching and practicing maths or spellings

Logo iMath iMath is designed to help children under the age of 12 to improve math ability and develop interests in mathematics
Logo The Spelling Bee

'Bee' the bee! Fly between beautiful locations unscrambling words! As you figure out words you get points that will unlock rewards!
Each level has a random theme that will help you figure out the mixed up word. If you can't guess the word, you can spell any shorter word and still get points!

The Windows Store is rich in resources for Education, you just have to find them, but don’t just look under the education category, I always use the search function. I may type a word like ‘Science’, find an app that looks interesting, but I have found most of the real gems, such as Wordbrush, from the ‘related apps’ list that the store suggests from a search.

……. and if you can’t find the App you need, then may be your students can build one, like these. You can use our free tools at to do this.

image Face the Facts Face the Facts is a new app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone which opens a world of thousands of a facts to the user in a brilliant social experience. Choose from the many categories and be presented with a new, random statement. But is the statement fact or fiction
Logo My Study Life My Study Life is a planner for students, teachers and lecturers designed to make your study life easier by storing your classes, tasks (assignments, homework, revision) and exams in the cloud making your study life available wherever you are

So that’s my top ‘just a little more than ten’ of great education apps, I am certain it will change as the Window Store grows and I will add to my ever growing list which can be found here - Windows 8 Appedagogy– the best list of Apps for your classroom anywhere

If you have any great Win 8.1 apps that you are using please share them, either leave a comment on this blog or let @innovativeteach know on Twitter.

Comments (2)

  1. SlooMx says:

    thanks a lot. did not know that windows 8 is so awesome!

  2. SlooMx says:

    thanks a lot. did not know that windows 8 is so awesome!

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