Applications for Mobile Technology

Apps for mobile devices are some of the newest technologies available for learners!  The collection of apps found on our website come from our research and recommendations from students and staff.  If you choose to utilize any of these apps, you are responsible for any issues associated with the download or installation of software on your personal mobile device.  As with any type of technology, you should evaluate the application to determine if it useful to you and if it meets any specific accessibility needs.  When accessibility features are known, they will be published to this list.

Items may have both a 'free' version and a 'paid' version. Paid versions are noted with a $ as prices are subject to change. An organizational note, both the categories and the selections within the categories are listed in alphabetical order.  If you have a specific area of interest, the topic list below is hyperlinked to that section of the list.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Sono Flex (free/$)

ACC vocabulary app turns symbols into clear speech.

Verbally (free)

Verbally is an easy-to-use, comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for the iPad. Verbally brings speech to those without and enables real conversation with its simple, intuitive design. Just tap in what you want to say and Verbally speaks for you.

Concept Mapping

Inspiration Maps (free/$) – brainstorm, analyze, take notes, study, etc. Lite version (free) allows you to create up to five diagrams.  Full version ($) is unlimited

iThoughts ($) - a mind mapping tool for the iPad ($) and the iPhone ($)

Mindjet (free) – This app is compatible with devices running Android 2.1 or later.  Mindjet organizes everything from thoughts and ideas to notes and to-do lists. The app contains many customizable features to make your mind maps and lists easy to read.

MindMeister (free) – create and share mind maps (requires free registration)

Mind Node ($) – brainstore, analyze, take notes, study, etc.

Popplet (free/$) - brainstorming and mind mapping with options for a Lite version (free) which has a limit of one popplet and the full version ($) which is unlimited.

SimpleMind + (free/$) - mind mapping software with a free version and fully functional version ($)

Total Recall (free) – mind mapping software


FormulasHD for Calculus (free) - FormulusHD is the perfect study tool. It is a simple, easy to use, easy to navigate collection of the most important formulas and topics for high school and college students taking Calculus and Differential Equations.

Free Graphing Calculator (free/$) - Graphing Calculator turns your phone or iPod into an intuitive high-resolution function plotter and scientific calculator.

Khan Academy (free) – a library of over 3,200 on topics ranging from scientific topics to finance and history.  Versions available for Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics, and Trigonometry.

Note Taking/Writing

AudioNote (free/$) – allows you to record notes and audio synced with note taking app.  The have a lite version (free) which limits to 10 minutes per note and 2 hours total OR a full version ($).  This is compatible with android and I devices.

Bamboo Paper (free) – Notebook: Natural handwriting on digital paper with use of Stylus (Free).

GoodNotes ($) – Allows you to take handwritten notes, sketch diagrams, mark-up PDF's and organize them on a bookshelf.  It automatically saves notes and has full backup to prevent data loss.

inClass (free) - Basic app for organizing your terms, courses and daily calendar but it also has the additional benefit of note-taking with the app with ability to record audio, insert or take a picture as well as file-share.

Note Everything (free/$) - This app is Compatible with Android devices 1.5 or later and is available for free or in a professional version.  It lets you type, speak, and paint notes right into the app, and you can send your notes anywhere.

PaperDesk (free/$) - Record audio while taking notes. They have lite version which allows 3 pages per note book (free) and full version ($) with unlimited pages in the notebooks. 

Recordium ($) – Includes highlighting the parts that matter, annotate for future reference and audio as you go.

Typ-O ($) - Includes word prediction, text-to-speech and corrects most common spelling mistakes. For the iPhone, they have Typ-o Writing is for Everyone ($).  They also have a Typ-o HD ($) for the iPad and iPhone.

Reading and Text-to-Speech

Blio (free) - a cross-platform ebook reader, presents books using the publisher’s original layout.  Blio supports text to speech for content if text to speech is allowed within the content , provides synchronous highlighting and reading of selected text, and supports multiple reading views including fixed layout view, single page, dual page, and flowed view. Users can sync their content to five devices.  You can purchase text to speech voices separately.

CoolReader (free) is a app for devices running Android 1.5 or higher.  This app provides multiple dictionaries, text searching, bookmarking, export of bookmarks, and text to speech functionality.  CoolReader supports unprotected content in EPUB, FB2, TXT, DOC, RTF, HTML, CHM, TCR, PDB, and PML.

GoodReader ($) -  super-robust PDF reader for iPad where you can read virtually anything, anywhere - books, movies, maps, pictures.

Go Read (free) This application works your free BookShare membership to access a variety of reading material with text to speech (Android).

iAnnotate ($) - Read, annotate, and share PDFs.

iBooks (free) - iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. You can flip through pages, bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages and some have audio visual features.  The highlighting features, copy, defined, search, speak can be very helpful in reading anything from a textbook or leisure book.

Inkling (free)  - Digital college textbooks. A textbook case of innovation. Inkling brings the world’s best content to iPad with interactivity, social collaboration and simple ease-of-use. No more heavy, expensive textbooks to carry around campus. Inkling textbooks are more interactive, more flexible and cheaper.

iSpeech (free) – type text and it will speak back to you

Kindle (free) - download articles, books and more.  Note you have to purchase material, but the application is free

Learning Ally (free) - Gain instant access to Learning Ally's downloadable DAISY formatted books. Learning Ally members can explore our extensive library of more than 65,000 audiobooks that are designed for people with print and learning disabilities. Requires membership to Learning Ally to download books.

Natural Reader (free) – The Natural Reader text-to-speech appliplication converts PDF files, MS Word documents , and e-books into spoken words.

PDF-Notes - (free/$) Utilize pdf-notes to manage all the pdf files on your iPad. Fast display, quick page-turning even a thousand pages, useful finger-writing and email your notes to your friends. Easy importing PDF files through (DropBox, Email or Safari's). Free version has advertisements and paid version does not.

Read 2 Me - ($) - Read 2 Me is the FIRST AND ONLY iPhone App that allows full speech synthesis for an entire library of texts. You can even import you own URL based *.txt files straight into your bookshelf to be read aloud!

Read2Go ($)- From within Read2Go, you can browse, search, download, and read books directly from Bookshare using your Bookshare membership, as well as read DAISY books from other sources.

Read It (free) – type text and it will speak back to you

Speak It To Me HD (free) – type text and it will speak back to you

Speak Text (free/$) - Text-to-Speech for emails, documents, web pages, PDF files, and more.  You have to paste into Speak it!  Free version speaks / translates a few sentences only and has sponsored ads. They have a variety of versions (e.g. text, office and a combined version).  They also have a paid version (text and web combination or individually for office and e-book, and full combination).

Vbookz PDF (free) – a voice reader is an app that reads your PDF files aloud.  An interactive cursor provdies highlighting as you read allowing you to follow along with the text-to-speech, pause reading and repeat lines.  vBookz PDF Voice Reader is a live text-to-speech generator with no need for conversion nor stored audio files, and can read in 16 different languages.


Audio Memos (Free) – voice recorder

Dragon Dictation (free) - Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages.  This program is available on Android and I devices.

Mobile 112 ($) - requires an Android mobile phone or a tablet running the Android operating system.  This text to speech and dictation app announces and reads incoming text messages, reads typed content, translates text into other languages and reads text in the correct language if the correct text to speech engine is installed, allows you to create and save audio phrases and send this information via text or email; and supports optical character recognition, OCR via Abby Fine Reader.  This app also reads web pages and the application’s built in help file. Mobile 112 also supports Google translate. 

QuickVoice (free) - is the most popular, full-featured iPhone/iPad voice recorder available. Record ideas, voice memos, voice email, dictation, lists, meetings, classes, or entire lectures! For professional, educational, and personal use. 

Recorder pro: ($) – Dictations can be moved to and transfered from iCloud, Zip files, etc.

Sound Note ($) - allows you to take notes and record audio, tracking what you type and draw while recording the audio. During playback, just tap a word and Sound Note will jump right to the proper time in the audio.


Articles - ($) Wikipedia reader

Ted Talks (free) – more than 1,000 videos of reveting talks by remarkable people.

WolframAlpha (free/$) – uses its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports for you.


Periodic Table+ of the Elements (free/$) – Interactive periodic table with search by proton number, symbol, as well as English & Latin names.

Khan Academy (free) – a library of over 3,200 on topics ranging from scientific topics to finance and history.  Versions available for Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.

Molecules (free) – used to for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers.

Stress Management

Take a Break Guided Meditations (free) - You can enjoy a deep relaxation, stress relief and benefits of meditation now with this app by Meditation Oasis (TM).

Take a Break Remember to take breaks (free) - Set a timer for the amount of time you want to work before you get notified about taking a break.

Study Tools

Ankidroid (free) - a flash card app with text to speech that allows users to create their own flash cards.  Works on Android devices.

Study Tips (free) – 365 tips for study success

Flashcards+ (free) - allows you to easily create and study flashcards. You can also access tends of millions of pre-made decks.

Flashcardlet (free) - is a studying app for iOS devices that helps you prepare for exams by using flashcards.  Flashcards can be downloaded from Quizlet through Flashcardlet or made from scratch.  you can even shuffle your cards to randomize your studying and track your studying progress to focus on more difficulty information. 

iTunesU (free) – gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools.

CliffNotes Study Guides (free) – comprehensive literature study guides which give you access to character, theme, and plot summaries and analysis.

Flash my Brain Flashcards ($) – a natural interface for studying, creating, and sharing text and photo flashcards (customizable to learning style).

Time Management/Organization

30/30 (free) - 30/30 is a quick and easy time managemept app for iOS devices.  you can setup a list of tasks you want to do, set how much time tospend on each task, and then just start the timer.  30/30 will alarm you when your time for doing a task is over and then start the timer for the next task.  30/30 even makes room for putting breaks in your schedule so you don't over-work yourself.

Evernote (free) - helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use – notes, photos, to-do list, and voice reminders.  Its searchable! This is compatible with Android and I devices.

Ever Student (free) - This app is compatible with Android 1.6 or later.  It syncs with Evernote and allows you to easily organize all of your assignments and due dates into one, sleek, customizable planner.

Goodle Drive (free) - Upload videos, documents, photos and other files that are important to you, then access what you need wherever yougo, on any device.  get going with  up to 15 GB of storage free. 

Homework (free) - This app is  compatible with Android 1.6.  It keeps track of all of your due dates for you. See how much homework you’ve completed and the date of your next scheduled test.

iStudiez Lite (free) – allows you to organize your schedule, homework, summarize your classes, sending alerts, and guarding your data all in one place 

My Class Schedule (free) - This app is compatible with devices running Android 2.1 or later.  Use My Class Schedule to track homework due dates, upcoming exams, class schedules, and activities. You can color-coordinate your schedules.

myHomework (free/$)  - iPad and iPhone compatible keep track of your homework, classes, projects and tests.

Open Docs (free) - simple way to share your document for everyone.  you just upload a document to your DropBox folder.  no hassle, no need to have your own server.  you can use this for sharing your report, brochure, digital signage, etc. 

Schedule Planner (Regular and HD) (free) - Start planning out your daily tasks in mere seconds & guarantee you make the most of every day right away!  

TextMinder ($) - TextMinder allows you to schedule SMS text reminders (for your iPhone) to be sent to you at the times you specify, repeating as often as you choose. Remind yourself of your medication, homework assignment, class, meeting, etc.

Timer (Intuit) (free) - This app is Compatible with devices running Android 1.5 or later.  Timer lets you keep track of any daily task and run multiple timers simultaneously. 

TimeTable Lite (free) – easily create timetables and calendar events

And there are so many more (free/$) – free version includes  advertisements or $ with no advertisements

iSource MLA – ($) does a quick work of formatting bibliography entries and in-text citations for you and saves them in one place

Pandora (free) – music for background

GoToMeeting - The easiest and most convenient way to attend online meetings – and now you can take it to go! Download the free universal app and join a meeting on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch in seconds just by tapping the link in your invitation email. View slide presentations, design mockups, spreadsheets, reports – whatever meeting presenters choose to share on-screen. And iPad users can even collaborate face to face!

LinkedIn (free)- For Professionals Going Places. Get on-the-go access to your professional network with the LinkedIn app for iPad and iPhone.