10 of the Best Free Windows 8 Apps for Teachers and Students

Laura is a writer and recent Cambridge graduate with particular experience in the area of education technology. She has worked with a variety of different education companies and is active in the 'edtech' community on Twitter, so she prides herself on always being in touch with the latest developments and exciting new tools in e-learning.

There may be a huge amount of buzz around iPad and iPhone apps for education. But don’t write Windows off just yet – there are a host of excellent Windows 8 apps for teachers and students to discover, and best of all, these ones are all free! All available from the Windows 8 App Store.

Windows 8 Apps for Teachers and Students



Perfect for tweeting teachers, this simple, streamlined app has a clear, easy-to-use interface ideal for following edtech timelines or keeping up with your PLN.



Free Books


This fantastic app provides free access to tens of thousands of free books, from the works of Shakespeare to the autobiographies of Franklin and Carnegie. Ideal for students to use for general reference or when researching projects.



Periodic Table


Colour-coded for clarity, this stylish reproduction of the periodic table includes chemical and physical information, images and links and even allows users to pin elements to the Start screen for quick revision!



National Geographic Kids


Absolutely perfect for enticing reluctant kids into the excitement of learning! The fun ‘Weird-O-Meter’ allows kids to swipe each fact and rate its level of weirdness! With sound effect and surprises, kids can use the Fact Finder to investigate their favourite subjects, from animals to space.



Encyclopedia Britannica


Brilliant A-Z browser allows users to access over 80,000 articles including visual features such as diagrams and charts. Save important entries to your favourites for easy access.





A great Windows 8 app for teachers, MathQuiz will entertain students and test their skills at the same time! Time limits and difficulty levels allow them to progress as they experience challenges and rewards.




Aimed at 5-8 years old to practice their spelling, this fun and engaging app allows users to earn coins, which are then used to unlock toys in the prize room.  Words range from 3-6 letters, with 5 difficulty levels to choose from.



Solar System Simulation


Ideal for older students, The Solar System Simulation allows users to explore the affects of gravity on land masses in space.



Khan Academy


This well-designed app allows users to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,800 educational videos, on topics as diverse as science, finance and history.



National Zoo


Great features, live webcams and Twitter updates bring the zoo to life without having to step outside the classroom!



What are your impressions on Windows 8? And have you found any Windows 8 Apps for teachers worth sharing? Let us know in the comment below.


Feature image courtesy of Flickr, Dell’s Official Flickr Page. App images courtesy of Windows 8 App Store.