BY: KARA HAWKING
News flash – your app store isn’t just for games anymore! Start using your Smartphone for something smart. Rather than browsing Facebook, email or the latest political meltdown, try downloading these five free apps that can help you sharpen your mind and expand your knowledge. (All apps are available on iOS and Andriod platforms.)
1. Lumosity Mobile
Looking to give your brain a workout? Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity Mobile uses a series of brain training games to improve multiple areas of brain function including memory, attention and speed. The newest version even allows you to share your progress and challenge friends.
2. Today’s Document
The National Archives’ first mobile application is actually a daily snapshot of important documents housed in the US National Archives. From letters to presidents to famous photos, you never know what you’re going to get. Read about the background of each document to exercise your brain’s ability to retain even the smallest detail.
Let’s face it – successful people have great things to say and with the TED app, you can hear it all. Browse through talks from leaders in almost any industry, from education to music and business. The app can also notify you when new TEDTalks are added – at a rate of more than 1,400 per week! TED lets you learn from and be inspired by the best in your field, whatever field that may be.
4. Daily Art
The world’s most famous pieces of art all tell a story, and you can learn it through the Daily Art app. Each day you’ll get a snapshot of a piece art and a short description about what makes it relevant. File these tidbits away for the next time you attend a student and alumni mixer and need to impress!
5. Khan Academy
Need to brush up on your statistics before you start your program? Looking for a refresher on the solar system so you can help your child with their project? Khan Academy has it all. Download videos, track your progress and earn achievements all on the go.
*Originally published in Higher Degrees Winter 2014.