5 Top Apps to Get You (and the Kids) Ready for Back-To-School

August 11, 2015

Apps for Back to SchoolWe all know it is coming. You can’t watch TV or go to the store without being bombarded with the sight of no. 2 pencils, notebooks and backpacks. It’s the time of year that parents welcome and students fear, yes, it’s almost BACK TO SCHOOL (sounds of children screaming and parents cheering). Well, even the most organized and prepared parent could benefit from some of these apps compiled from Apple and Time.com:

gFlashPro– Long recognized as the best free flashcard app on the market, gFlashPro offers users a robust platform for creating, downloading, and manipulating flashcards in every subject under the sun. This latest release is jam-packed with new features including a Matching Game study mode, improved user interface, and full support for iOS 8.  For $3.99 this is a must have for all ages!

Graphing Calculator–  We all remember the expensive calculator of our youth but somewhere between the iPhone’s built-in calculator and those Texas Instruments behemoths lies the Graphing Calculator app.  Along with an expanded scientific calculator, the app includes the ability to graph multiple equations and e-mail the results. It may not be able to handle an advanced-calculus class, but for high school students, it’s only $0.99-a cheap and slick solution.

myHomework– This free download has won countless awards for the many features that it offers. Students can track their classes, homework, tests and assignments, sync across other platforms, receive homework reminders, join their teacher’s Teachers.io class and automatically download their class information, assignments, files and announcements.  Also, the clean interface and design make this app great for college, high school, or middle school. This homework helper contains additional features that make it easy to use for high school students with a block class schedule. Keeping track of assignments has never been better! The myHomework student agenda is today’s student’s favorite way to focus and reduce anxiety. With this school tracker, the information normally hidden in the academic planner is now available everywhere.

Facebook-I know what you’re thinking, “Facebook, really?  Isn’t that just a social media site?  Should we really be encouraging our school-aged children to be using this as a learning tool?”  My answer, “Absolutely!”  Not only is Facebook still king when it comes to sharing information but it also a way for students to ask classmates/teachers about assignments and also a way for parents to stay up-to-date on activities that are happening at the school.

Documents To Go– This free app allows students to view & edit Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and view Adobe PDF® files on their iOS device with the original and #1 selling mobile MS Office suite of all time.  Documents To Go contains best-in-class document viewing & editing at no charge. Options for connecting to multiple cloud storage accounts, desktop file sync, and opening password-protected files are available via in-app purchase.