While the adage “You get what you pay for” is definitely true, I am still a fan of free. And for cash-strapped school districts, free software may make the difference in whether a student has access to tech tools or not. With that in mind, here are some software programs that are so good, students will definitely find them useful. Most of them are available on a variety of computer platforms. And, as of today, they are all free. (By the way, I did not include more well-known free software such as the Google Suite, OneNote, etc.)


Flowchart/Diagram Creator

  • Draw.io (online diagram software)

Foreign Language

  • Duolingo (learn a wide variety of foreign languages)

Game Design

  • Unity (game design software)


  • Cymath (online math problem solver)
  • Desmos (online graphing calculator)
  • GeoGebra (online graphing calculator)
  • Mathway (online help for basic math, algebra, pre-algebra, calculus, pre-calculus, trigonometry, statistics, linear algebra, chemistry, and graphing)
  • Solar System 3D Simulator (as the name says; only available for Windows)
  • Space Engine (space exploration simulator)

Music Creation/Audio Recording


  • Cold Turkey Blocker (free version runs in your browser and helps you focus on your work with no online distractions)
  • f.lux (day/night cycle on the monitor’s brightness and color)
  • KeePass (password manager)

Video Creation/Editing

Writing/Citation Creation

  • LaTex (document preparation for scientific and technical writing; great for math and science papers)
  • Zotero (reference manager)

What other free software programs or online tools would you recommend for students? Please add them to the comments section below.