The AlphaPlus list of Useful Apps presents comprehensive reviews that cover how the apps could be used for literacy and numeracy learning and to support engagement and motivation. We also include apps that are useful for program administration, note taking, productivity and collaborative work.




Daybook is a personal diary and notes app. It helps to record activities, experiences, thoughts, and ideas throughout a day. The app can be passcode protected for more privacy. This app can be used for to-do lists, as a day planner, to record thouths as part of a special project or activity. It can also…

Ontario Drive

Ontario Drive is an app from the Ministry of Transportation. It helps future drivers assess their knowledge of the Ontario Driver’s Handbook and prepare themselves for the G1 written test. The app provides basic information about driving in Ontario: the rules of the road, safe driving practices and how to get a licence. It also…

Restaurant Pos Order

This point of sale app has been developed for restaurants. It records customers orders, kitchen activity and serves as a cash register. A literacy program could use this app to familiarize learners with point of sale software used in restaurants and stores.  

Mobi POS

This point of sale app has been developed for the food and service industry. It records transactions between customers and the point of sale (restaurant or retail). A literacy program could use this app to familiarize learners with point of sale software used in restaurants and stores.  

Ultimate phonics

This app is a phonics program that consists of 262 lessons, each containing up to 43 pages. It can be used with beginning readers as well as struggling readers.  


Todoist is a to-do list and task manager application that helps the user get organized. It is easy to organize tasks by assigning them to a project or by colour coding them. Users can share projects with others.    


Photomath reads and solves math problems ranging from arithmetic to calculus. The math problems are solved instantly by using the camera on your mobile device. Math problems are then explained through animated steps or detailed instructions.  


Pictoword is an entertaining word guessing game. Players “read” a series of pictures that combine to create a word.  

Flipp – Weekly Shopping

Flipp enables users to browse local retail flyers from hundreds of retailers based on your postal code. Users can also browse by product or brand name. This app is useful in itself, but is also a useful resource for learning activities related to budgeting, shopping, price matching, and money math and management.  


Shake-a-Phrase is a challenging but entertaining language game using “silly” phrases. It is intended to provide vocabulary and parts of speech practice and for creative writing prompts. Users can review the definition of any word in a phrase with a single tap.
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