Fanfeedr handily won the Appscar for Best Sports App yesterday, and now we’re on to the Eduction category. It’s a category ripe for all those who love to learn. And your nominees are… Dictionary.com, Star Walk, StudyDroid, WebMD, and WordPower. Vote now or forever hold your peace.
Dictionary.com: No web connection is needed to look up the definition of nearly 2 million words if you use the updated and free Dictionary.com app, available for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS. It also features audio pronunciations, voice-to-text search, and synonyms and antonyms. Version 3.0 added new daily content, including a swipe gallery-style of Word of the Day (English and Spanish) and Question of the Day, and now you can save your favorite words as an editable list or post words to Facebook and Twitter.
Star Walk: Prove you’re smarter than a fifth grader with the free Star Walk app for iOS. Developed by Vito Technology, this app tells you constellation, planet, and star names when you point your device’s camera toward the heavens. Clicking a star called Menkalinan and tapping the “i” button brought up the visual magnitude and home constellation. Pinch and zoom to view more stars or adjust the time of day. You can search for stars or planets to see their location. Plus, various seasons add special features, such as Santa flying overhead at Christmas.
StudyDroid Flashcards 2.0: No more index cards! This free, Android-specific app lets you create flashcards and store them on your smart phone, or you can pick from among the 3 million existing cards. You can also crowdsource your education by sharing those cards with a group based on subject, chapter, or topic. It now offers two-way sync between your phone and your PC. You can even add pictures to cards and customize the text size.
WebMD Mobile: After a complete redesign, the free, user-friendly WebMD app for iOS now features local health listings and an e-mail feature that lets you send content to your friends or to yourself. Other tidbits that make this app a leader in the field include Symptom Checker and the Pill Identification Tool. The First Aid Essentials could also come in handy, and it works whether you’ve got a web connection or not.
WordPower Lite: Need help brushing up on your Arabic or French? Struggling to learn Korean or Thai? WordPower Lite, created by Innovative Language Learning, offers apps for learning these and many other languages. The free app features audio recordings of native speakers and an audio recorder so you can work on your pronunciation anywhere. One new word or phrase a day is presented, and if you don’t have time that day, save it to your Word Bank to study later. Then use the flashcard function to test yourself. Upgrading to the $0.99 version of WordPower gets you full access to 2,000 of the most frequently used words and phrases in the language of your choice.
The poll is open from now until Monday, February 14 at 9:00 a.m. Did we forget someone? Feel free to add write-ins in the comments below. Then tune in Tuesday for the Best Video App category.