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Knowledge Construction

A board of Apps for windows 8 that enhance the development of Knowledge Construction and Research Skills on Windows 8 Desktops, laptops and mobile devices.

OpenLearn from Open University (beta) // OpenLearn is the home of free learning from The Open University, covering everything from getting started with Gaelic to searching for life on other planets. You'll find hundreds of hours of extracts from genuine OU courses to try; learning tools from across campus and insight into OU co-productions with BBC TV and radio. This is a beta attempt to bring over a decade's worth of content into a single app.

Scribed // Use the Scribd app for unlimited access to over 400,000 books for just $8.99 / month. Included with a subscription are books from over 900 publishers, including NYT bestsellers, literary classics, groundbreaking non-fiction, and reader favorites in every genre. We also have the world’s largest digital document collection, with millions of user-uploaded written works.

Bing Wikipedia Browser // by Microsoft combines the content from Wikipedia — the free encyclopedia — with enhanced search, browse, and content recommendations based on the Bing Knowledge repository.

Bing Wikipedia Browser app for Windows in the Windows Store

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This BBC Earth Wonders app // showcases some of the most beautiful BBC natural history content, taken from landmark series such as Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Life, along with stunning images from world-renowned natural history photographers.

Weird but True by National Geographic /// Filled with wacky facts and tantalizing trivia that will engage curious kids and parents alike, Weird But True presents each fact in a fun, colorful, and interactive format that will keep kids entertained and learning. And parents can rest easy knowing that each fact is age-appropriate and handpicked by a brand they know and trust: National Geographic Kids.

Blio // Don’t just read books. Experience them. Blio is a free eReading application that offers an unparalleled reading experience. Books are more than just words: there’s style, presentation, and a world of color, eBooks should be no different. The presentation enhances your reading experience, so books in Blio have the same layout, fonts, and full-color images that you enjoy in the print version of your favorite titles.

Flipboard app // Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, read stories from around the world and browse the articles, videos and photos friends are sharing. To begin, pick a few topics and tap any of the tiles to begin flipping through your personal magazine.

TED // Watch the latest thought-provoking and inspiring talks from TED, TEDx, TEDYouth & TEDFellows. Share with videos with friends & be informed via live tiles.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary // the app includes a regular dictionary, integrated thesaurus, example sentences, Word of the Day, and Favorites -- along with over 1000 graphical illustrations, and over 20,000 entries covering people, places, and foreign terms. A great tool for reference, education, and vocabulary building. No internet connection is required to view any of the definitions (although you do need a connection to view illustrations and hear audio pronunciations).

The SBS On Demand app // gives you unlimited access to SBS content so you can watch your favourite shows when you want. Browse through an extensive catalogue of series, documentaries, films, news, sport and more! Discover exclusive content and all your favourite SBS programs in full screen and high resolution quality.

The Network Ten app // offers you an entertainment experience with access to watch full episodes and news from Channel 10, 11 and 1.

Channel NewsAsia // provides Asian views on World, Business, Sports and Entertainment news stories, bring them to life through daily picture galleries and video clips.

Fox News App // With the Fox News app for Windows 8 - read the hottest stories of the day and watch the latest video clips from Fox News Channel!

Sky News // Sky News brings you the latest breaking news and top stories, together with Live Sky News TV, so that you can keep up to date with all the latest stories, whatever you are doing.

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.

AU Newswire // brings a comprehensive collection of all the best news providers in Australia within a touch, click and a swipe away. With an inbuilt database of over 200 news feeds (that can be updated online) - you can browse, read and locate everything you want inside this app - no need to wade through the internet or other dedicated apps again.

News Bento // The most fluid and beautiful news reader on Windows 8! Now support OPML import! * Smooth and fluid UI. Designed and now optimized for Surface RT! * Seamlessly roam feed tiles to other machines * Fully support portrait mode and snapping * Beautiful magazine view * Full interaction with touch, mouse, and keyboard "News Bento – The Best News Reader App in the Store" -- McAkins Online.

iTooch // Loaded with thousands of questions, apps cover official educational curricula & comply with Common Core State Standards.

Kno // Kno, Inc. is an education software company on a mission to make learning more engaging, personal, and social for students. Find your books from our library of over 200,000 interactive titles for all grade levels from kindergarten through college. Kno is your entire backpack in one app.

Wikipedia // Official Wikipedia App for Windows 8. Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia containing more than 20 million articles in 280 languages, and is the most comprehensive and widely used reference work humans have ever compiled.

Encyclopedia Britannica // Free Content Includes: - All images - Access to the full article content of the one hundred “Top Articles” - Access to the full article content of the featured daily article - Access to the full article content of the featured “This Day” article - Access to the “This Day” section - Access to the Britannica Link Map - First 100 words of all additional articles

Adaptive Curriculum // With Adaptive Curriculum, you can deepen your Middle or High School curriculum with interactive, 100% online instruction that answers the question for your students: "Why do I need to know this?"

Kindle Books // 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.

FreeBooks // Browse our handpicked collections, download any one of our 23,469 classic books instantly, and read anywhere with our included ereader. On the go? We save your place automatically. We've crafted handpicked collections to make browsing a snap, and commissioned hundreds of custom covers. This is the world of public domain literature like never before.

iStoryBooks // Free Interactive Childrens Books for the new generation! Free books that read itself to your little ones! Yes the books include text and audio. We publish a new book every 2 weeks. Kids can enjoy these books on their own or you can read to them. When we publish new books they will appear automatically in the App. All books we publish are picture books with audio.