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English - Win 8 Apps

A board of Windows Apps to use in the English Classrooms on any Windows 8 desktop, laptop or mobile device

Spelling Words Free Edition // is a great way to learn how to spell. It supports an unlimited vocabulary and works in any language because YOU create the spelling list and record the audio for the words. You can even record a complete sentence to help understand how the word is used. It only takes a few seconds to enter your words and record the audio. Then you can practice your words over and over until you have them mastered.

English Grammar Quiz // This application contains more than 2200 english grammar questions. You can take tests in five questions groups. You pass the current test, if all the answers are correct. Quiz your knowledge with random questions or select an appropriate level. You can take the tests in auto correction mode which evaluates your answer immediately, or turn off this feature and check your answers by clicking on the finish button.

World of Violet - First Adventure // This original charming story about a small girl called Violet and her dog Arnie, who have the courage to stand up against the bad gamekeepers, is sure to win your children’s hearts. This interactive application describes this pair’s adventures and will capture your attention from the very first moment by its creative hand produced drawings. The story itself is told by an unconventional mix of a comic book, animated film and music.

HMH Readers // feature interesting non-fiction and fiction selections designed for young readers to reinforce reading skills, to promote academic vocabulary acquisition, and to improve reading fluency and comprehension.

HMH Readers app for Windows in the Windows Store

apps.microsoft.com

Cover // Cover, the best Windows app to read and manage your comic books. The Walking Dead, Batman, X-Men, Largo Winch, Asterix, Naruto, One Piece, ... Enjoy your whole library, wherever you are. Cover handles the most common file types such as CBR, CBZ, PDF, EPUB

Cover app for Windows in the Windows Store

apps.microsoft.com

MadLibs // You've played the classic pen and paper Mad Libs--now play on your Surface with the Mad Libs app. The app features the same hilarious stories and word blanks, but with a whole new set of features. -Use your camera or photo library to add your own photo or image to your story -Use hints to help you complete your story -Share your zany stories with all your friends via the Share function.

Poe // Poe is a distraction free writing environment built by a writer for writers. It comes with a number of handy features including writing resources, spellchecker, custom theme support, a writing timer and a word count viewer / word count goal.

Stride Files // A great detective adventure in its own beautiful and mystical world. In a big metropolis, called Harbridge, a seemingly everyday murder has happened. Knowing our love for solving mysteries, our friend Errol Chadwick, the chief inspector of the city’s police force, has called us to take over the investigation in this case. Again we are about to prove our skills and live up to the chief inspectors expectations... Aren't we?

Reading on a device is engaging, and promotes more independent reading in students. The HMH Readers app on Windows 8 provides access to interesting non-fiction and fiction selections leveled by literacy experts to support your education efforts with young readers. Try over 30 free readers today: aka.ms/Sgyafq

Free Movies Box // Watch hundreds of HD movies for free! Free Movies Box is an app that allows watching full-length, uncut Hollywood movies in HD quality. Free Movies Box concentrates on carefully chosen movies organized in people’s favorite genres - like action & adventure, animation, comedy, documentary, drama, family & kids, foreign, horror, music & performing arts, mystery & suspense, romance, scifi, fantasy, sport & fitness, war, western.

Bing Maps // Experience the next generation of the Bing Maps app. Featuring stunning 3D world and city views, the Bing Maps Preview app puts you at the center of a smart, personalized experience that saves you time and helps you get things done. It’s Personal

Archie Comics app // for Windows in the Windows Store

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Preview app is a great way for students to find new books and track their progress in the challenge. In addition to browsing the challenge booklist, it includes the ability to track the time spent and place inside each book. Progress bars encourage students to keep reading, and the offline capability means this app works anytime.

BLINK Cliplets // lets you exercise your creative talents by layering static and dynamic visual elements. Create fun and surprising results that you can share with friends or the world.

Hulu Plus // offers unlimited instant streaming of current hit shows and acclaimed movies. Watch current season episodes of shows like Modern Family, The Office, Family Guy and many more. Requires subscription. New to Hulu Plus? Try it FREE.

Comic Director // makes it easy to create awesome comics and share them with your friends! Use your own photos and video to create fun short comics to illustrate your life. Once you’ve added your photos, expand the comics with cool art and images that we have created for you. Trim and edit your own videos right in the app!

Comics from comiXology // is the best way to read comics ever. I wasn't really into comics but I got this app and got a few horror comics and really like it. Wide screen Windows tablets are perfect for comics when held in portrait mode.

Record Voice & Pen // is an app for creating video's for lessons, instructions, presentations or any type of screencasting. It records your voice and the drawing with your pen or finger at the same time. You can annotate pictures while explaining, and share it as videos (mp4 files) by mail, upload to YouTube or Facebook, or use it in presentations and classrooms.

musiXmatch // musiXmatch app lets you find and match lyrics to your favorite music tracks for free! With over 6 million officially licensed lyrics localized in 18 languages, musiXmatch allows users to access the largest lyrics database in the world. Featuring a fully integrated music player, song tracker, and powerful lyrics search engine, musiXmatch is the best way to find lyrics on your device. Users can browse the top viewed lyrics by country, and even purchase music directly from the app.

Nook // I read A LOT of books. Nook is the best e-reading app for Windows. Nook isn't the biggest name in e-books, but they've put more work into their Windows app tan the other guys, and it shows. Even if you usually use another eBook service I recommend Nook on Windows... at least until you know who gets their act together and releases a decent Windows app.

SnagFilms // SnagFilms offers the broadest collection of great independent movies you can watch right now, on demand, for free, and share with others – films that entertain and inform, engage and inspire, satisfy every taste, encourage discovery and create community.

Adobe® Reader® // is the free, trusted leader for reliably viewing and interacting with PDF documents across platforms and devices. Adobe Reader Touch has been specially designed for the new Windows 8 Touch user interface to give you a great experience working with PDF documents on your Windows 8 Tablet. Adobe Reader Touch works with a keyboard and mouse, but desktop users with keyboard and mouse may prefer to install and use Adobe Reader XI.

Audible // Not enough time for all the books you want to enjoy? Download the app by Audible, an Amazon company, to listen to books on the go. Immerse yourself in a great story anytime, anywhere, by downloading from a breathtaking range of 100,000+ titles to your Windows 8 device—from best sellers to classics, and everything in-between.

Qool // Create your own structure-free and rich canvases and get them real-time synchronized between all your Windows 8 and Windows Phone device. Notes, documents, pictures and videos for expressing your ideas, thoughts, projects or processes. qool joins you in the process of pining your ideas, setting priorities, brainstorming your thoughts or achieving your tasks. One-click actions, beautiful design, always synchronized and simplicity are the key design points of qool.

Kindle // Read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use Windows 8 application. You’ll have access to over 1 million* books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed and across any Kindle device. That means you can start reading on one device and pick up where you left off on another device.