PadGadget Weekly App Series – Apps for Lifelong Learners

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found 7 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included 7 apps for lifelong learners in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

This week’s category is: Lifelong Learning

1. How Stuff Works for iPad (free) – Learn about everything from the scientifically complex, to the mundane, to the downright weird courtesy of How Stuff Works. An extension of the popular website, HSW’s crazy quilt of information has something for all interests from technology, to ecology, to the science of what makes us human. Learn about Chinese fire arrows, the Permian extinction, or take a quiz about any of the site’s amazing articles and see how much you’ve learned.


2. The Civil War Today ($7.99) – History comes to life through this iPad app, which was created by A&E Television. The application’s daily content updates intend to recreate the events as they unfolded 150 years ago, and will continue through April 2015. Newspaper headlines from the time as well as letters from Lincoln and Jefferson help create an immersive experience for the user. Plus, take quizzes or send a telegram in Morse code via Twitter just for fun.


3. Architizer (free) – Architizer offers a stream-lined, ever-changing line up of handsome photographs that will have the user skipping across continents to view a seemingly endless number of images of beautiful structures, each more impressive than the last. The app offers the choice to sort by houses, apartments or interiors. Although the UI almost completely eschews text, touching the “i” brings up an article and map for each project.


4. ProPublica (free) – Muckrakers unite! Investigative journalism is still thriving at ProPublica. Helmed by Paul Steiger, formerly managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, ProPublica is an independent and non-profit media outlet. The app includes ProPublica’s ongoing coverage of political, financial, and environmental news, but its editors also scour the web and the wires for the best investigative reporting from around the globe. Best of all, ProPublica supports off-line reading, so users will never be uninformed (or bored) again.


5. NASA Visualization Explorer (free) – NASA Visualization Explorer is a multimedia magazine that blends NOVA-style science news features with movies and photos that offer readers a vantage few other agencies can. The app offers access to real satellite data, stunning images, Hi-res video, and the latest NASA news. Readers will find stories about the solar system and deep space, interviews with scientists, or imagery from a supercomputer’s models, and can expect to find new articles added to the app on a regular basis.


6. NYPL Biblion: World’s Fair (free) – NYPL Biblion: World’s Fair for iPad is a love letter to American history and culture, and a reminder of just how powerful a tool organized information can be. Even though the app covers only a sliver of the NYPL’s vast holdings, its capacious contents will still impress readers. Using the app is as absorbing as a trip to any world class museum, without the travel. Most people would never access the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair’s manuscripts and archives without Biblion. The NYPL plans to offer future installments of Biblion: the Boundless Library that cover different Library collections, exhibitions, programs, or initiatives.


7. World Atlas HD ($1.99) Thanks to World Atlas HD by National Geographic, curious geographiles will no longer have to keep purchasing new maps and globes. Not only is the app updated regularly, so that users always have maps that include countries which may not even have existed just weeks ago, but it also includes an almanac with basic facts about every country on earth. Users may view maps in four forms: Executive, Classic, Satellite, and Road (where available). The app’s UI is so inviting, it’s easy to lose track of time exploring the world through this time-honored manner, which is reinvented as an application for the iPad.


Note: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite