The 10 Most Useful Apps for This Back to School Season

August 31, 2016

12:30 pm

Another school year has arrived, but the end of summer does not mean the end of fun. There are many apps that will make the studying process efficient and exciting and the beginning of the education routines smooth and enjoyable. Here are some of them.

My Grades & Homework

1

Available for iOS

This productivity app will help students and their parents track school performance and set academic goals. It is fully customizable, supports adding various kinds of assignments with their due dates and scores, so it can be used as a planner as well as grade tracker. You no longer have to page through the entire school diary to know what your current average grade in Geography is – the app calculates it bases on the data you have entered. The interface is clean and user-friendly, so even the younger students can use it.

Pumpic

2

Available: for iOS and Android

The school year brings new experiences and new knowledge, but sometimes children find it difficult to stay focused. You can help them by eliminating distractions and blocking the most pervasive applications and inappropriate content with this multifunctional monitoring app. With Pumpic you will be able to turn your child’s iPad into the most efficient and safe learning tool. Moreover, you will be able to track your child’s location and always know whether they have reached the school safely.

SignEasy

3

Available for iOS, Android, and Desktop

If your signature is required urgently, but you cannot possibly be there to put it on the papers, it is no longer a problem. You can do the signing remotely in minutes with the help of this app.  It works with e-mails and cloud services. SignEasy uses encryption and passcode protection to prevent unauthorized access, so everything is safe, legal and binding. This remarkable business tool will also come in handy if you forget to sign a permission slip for a school trip or other activity.

Flashcards+

4

Available for iOS

Flashcards are the best way to cram for exams and Flashcards+ by Chegg is the best app of the kind with a number of unique options. It has a selection of ready-made decks, but you can easily create and customize your own, track your scores, time and progress. Flashcards+ are great for both learning new stuff and brushing up your knowledge before an important test. The app, just as the method itself is suitable for all ages and learning goals.

Dictionary & Thesaurus

5

Available for iOS and Android

The dictionary is an essential reference tool for every student. With this app from Dictionary.com, you will have an offline access to all definitions whenever you need them. On top of that, the app has to offer many useful options and fun activities: it delivers the word of the day, has a selection of quizzes, translates, pronounces, gives information about a word’s origin, history, and usage, and supports the voice search, to say nothing about the highlights such as idioms, rhyming and slang dictionaries.

BrainPOP

6

Available for iOS, Android, and Desktop

If you are looking for an additional resource of both educational and funny materials and games to help your children understand the basics of the core curriculum BrainPOP is just the place. Goofy animated characters Tim and Moby explain science, math, history, art and many other subjects in a comprehensive and compelling way. The free version of the app provides one video a day, whereas with a subscription you will get access to the entire content.

Math Bingo

7

Available for iOS

This app is another contribution to the gamification of learning. It is a game app and the goal is to get the row done and to cry out ‘Bingo!’, however, to do so you will first need to solve a number of math problems. This is a great way to practice basic arithmetic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. If a player fails to give the right answer, the game will show the correct solution. With this app, the math will always be fun for your children.

EON Experience AVR

8

Available for iOS and Android

This award-winning app, just as the previous one, combines games with learning – this time, to familiarize the students with some basic topics from history, biology, anatomy, physics, and astronomy. EON Experience AVR contains educational videos and a number of virtual reality and augmented reality games designed to help the learners to grasp the material by playing and experiencing. The teacher might as well benefit from its illustrative content to enhance their lessons.

Wikipanion

9

Available for iOS

It is always good to have an inexhaustible source of information at your fingertips, especially when you are a student. Wikipanion is the fastest way to connect to Wikipedia service and access any entry of this free encyclopedia in split seconds. The interface is optimized for mobile devices, so looking up Wiktionary terms, browsing through the table of content, and making bookmarks is also faster and easier within the app. Wikipanion supports syncing with iCloud, changing fonts, saving pictures directly to Photo Library and prompts the search results as you type.

Scanner Pro

10

Available for iOS and Android

With this handy app, your child will never lose a handout again, because now their phone is a portable scanner. There are several reasons that make using this app much better than just snapping a picture of a doc lying on the desk: Scanner Pro corrects geometry, removes shadows, defines the borders of a document, recognizes text in several languages and creates multi-paged PDFs, which enables you to scan and save in the cloud even books. This app is definitely a must-have for the upcoming academic year.

Hopefully, these apps will make this school year well organized and productive. Be smart!

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Jana Roreart is a blogger who creates content on the topics of tech, education, mobile apps and software. She is passionate about modern technologies and wishes to share her knowledge with people.

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