AUGUST: Apps for lifelong learning
One of the greatest ways to utilize the extra hours no longer spent on the job is by learning something new. Continuing to challenge yourself through lifelong learning has endless benefits; whether you seek sharp conversation starters for the next cocktail party or a chance at deep personal development.
While enrolling in an interesting course at your local community college is a great way to get out of the house, attending class isn’t the only option to keep your brain actively ingesting new ideas – there are apps for that! The true gems of the smartphone app world, the best educational apps provide universal access to innovative ideas – making them our absolute favorite. So whether you want to learn a new language or five surprising habits of creative thinkers, these apps will have you right on your way.
Feed your curiosity; expand your world
TED, by TED conferences
What began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, TED has evolved into a movement devoted to the spreading of ideas of all kinds, usually in the form of short powerful talks by some of the world’s most innovative thinkers. Delivered in more than 110 languages, today’s TED talks are free to stream on their website and this app; and the talks cover everything from science to pop psychology to global issues. With a free online library containing over 1,400 “riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world” TED is our number one pick for an app to get educated. To see a few of Lifestyle’s favorite TED talks, visit LifestylesAfter50.com.
A Bookworm’s Paradise
Goodreads, by Goodreads
A real reader knows you can never have too many good books on your radar, and Goodreads is the ultimate app to indulge your reading pleasures. More than a place to discover new and interesting books, the app gives personalized recommendations based on what you’ve read. The app also allows you to see what your friends are reading, write book reviews, and track what you want to read. With more than 35 million members having added more than 1 billion books to the virtual shelves of Goodreads, no other app combines the power and depth of the Goodreads community with an enormous catalog of books and reviews.
Learn another language – or ten!
Duolingo, by Duolingo
Duolingo is the best free online language-learning program available. Thanks to excellent instruction, users can practice translating real-world text in a way that clearly demonstrates progress. Although it currently only supports programming for ten languages, it’s free – and we think it’s clearly the best language-learning app around. If you won’t take our word for it, Apple voted it the iPhone app of the year, the Wall Street Journal calls it “Far and away the best language-learning app,” and TIME magazine says it “may hold the secret to the future of education.”