It's been a long while since I posted an update on Windows 8 Education Apps, and I feel guilty for the gap. So here's a bumper list of apps for Windows 8 for teachers and students. The list of apps is growing rapidly, and I'm not claiming that this list is any way definitive, as it's just nice (and free) apps that I've noticed recently:

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OneNote

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OneNote was traditionally a hidden gem in the Office suite, but in the last couple of years its profile has shot up as teachers and students have realised how powerful it is as a teaching and learning tool. The OneNote app for Windows 8 joins the existing wide range of OneNote for your PC, OneNote for Windows Phone, iPhone, Symbian and Android, and OneNote on the web.

And the joy of OneNote is that it syncs your notebooks across all of these devices – make some revision notes on your laptop in a lesson, and review them on your phone on the way home – and then edit them on somebody else's computer in a browser. Create an action list and share it with others, and track progress on any of your devices.

 

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Mars Curiosity

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NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity, landed on Mars August 6th, 2012. With the apps on Windows 8 you can explore the SUV-sized rover, and learn about the tools that it will use to explore the Martian landscape. The software allows you to explore  NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity with touch or your mouse, and learn about why Curiosity is a Mars Science Laboratory.

 

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Lazy Paint

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You can see how shallow I am if I admit they got me hooked with their introduction

  So you want to be a great painter?
And your only problem is that you have no talent?
And you are too lazy to learn?
No problem! Welcome to Lazy Paint
 

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It's a great tool to introduce techniques and ideas, and is a quick way to get students started and engaged with the process of creating a great piece of art from an existing photo or diagram.

Find MoreRead the full list of recommended Windows 8 apps for education