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The Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of September

Posted by cfeehan on September 29, 2016



Thank you for joining us, Execubloggers, and happy almost-October to you all. September marked the return of classes for some, and just the return of cooler temperatures for others. It looks like summer is actually over this time, but I’m okay with that, because Fall brought some pretty great YouTube hits with it. This month, the list is absent of the typical classics like Fallon and Corden, making room for more unique content. This is one installment that you don’t want to miss!


I cannot even fathom the idea of a plane ticket being worth $21,000. Unless you get compensated in diamonds every time there’s turbulence or receive an envelope of money to put toward your mortgage at the end of the flight, it just doesn’t seem rational. However, the maker of this video proves that these tickets do exist, by being upgraded to first class on an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York, and documents his experience for us peasants who will never be able to afford such a thing.

First off, he has his own little cabin with closing doors. Total privacy for a 14-hour flight? Yes, please. Also, he basically has enough leg room for two people, a huge touch-screen TV, a minibar with drinks accessible to him at any time, a snack basket, and the option to order any food he wants whenever he wants it – including caviar – which he opts to do. The seat also fully reclines into a bed, and passengers are given a kit with slippers, toiletries, and even pajamas so that they can get comfy. AND, you can even schedule time to take a shower. Incredible! If I was a multi-millionaire, the first thing I would do is hop on a long flight in one of these deluxe cabins, lounge out in my Emirates PJs, and take advantage of the gourmet menu. Dream life = achieved.

Apple – Introducing iPhone 7

The news of Apple introducing the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to the market has been almost impossible to ignore. It has been a hot topic this month, and for a good reason – Apple completely removed the headphone jack, which has never been done before on a smartphone, and announced some other major features. I won’t go into them all here because I already highlighted many of the new features in my blog about the unveiling earlier this month. If you want a more visual run-down of the features, however, this informative video may be the perfect learning tool for you.


This girl is the definition of dedication. She spent 25 hours – yes, you heard that correctly – building a design out of 15,000 dominoes, just to destroy it within a minute and a half. I spent the whole video in a flurry of apprehension; while she was setting up the design, I was so worried she was going to sneeze and ruin it all (probably because that’s something that I would do). Then, when the show started and dominoes started tumbling, I was afraid that something would go wrong and the chain reaction would be disrupted, or something would fall incorrectly, or the entire room would burst into flames…all totally rational concerns, I’m sure. If you’re unlikely to get emotionally invested in the process (lucky you), check out the video for a really cool domino show.

Waffle the Kenyan Sand Boa playing with his new toy!

Yes, this video contains a snake, but there is no reason to be afraid. Waffle is a tiny sand boa who loves his new turtle sandbox, and he makes it abundantly clear by showing his appreciation at the end of the video. You really do need to watch all 39 seconds to get a full appreciation, so hang in there, even if you have a fear of reptiles! Waffle is actually adorable, and I don’t say that about just any snake. Check out this video for a new appreciation of our scaly (and smiley!) friends – it’s worth it!

PASSENGERS - Official Trailer (HD)

The trailer for Passengers starts off almost as if it takes place in present-day. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence walk into a normal-looking bar, have normal-looking drinks, then all of the sudden JLaw pops the question, “So, why did you give up your life on earth?”, and the whole trailer is turned on its head. The movie takes place on a space ship, and Pratt and Lawrence are the only humans to have woken up early from the “hibernation” they were placed under for the journey from earth. Inevitably, things go terribly wrong, and the trailer contains clips of explosions, crying, running, and all other typical indicators of an action movie. It definitely looks like it’s full of suspense and it will draw attention with its big-name actors alone. Press play to see if this movie is one you’ll be planning to see this Christmas break!

Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton

Between Two Ferns is an incredible talk show hosted by Zach Galifianakis, an actor you probably know from the Hangover series. In this series, Zach asks his celebrity guests many questions – both those pertaining to the subject matter, and those that seem a little off-colour. The way I see it, Zach tries to make his guests feel as uncomfortable as possible, and this is very entertaining to watch, especially when a presidential candidate is invited onto the show. This installment in particular features Hillary Clinton, the Democratic party nominee in the American presidential election, and that’s all I’m going to give away. Give it a watch and bask in its cringe-worthy, awkward glory.

Pentatonix & Dolly Parton - Jolene

Do you remember the movie Pitch Perfect? It brought the “a cappella” genre into the spotlight, which relies only on the vocal abilities of group members, and does not use any form of instrumental accompaniment. Pentatonix, the group featured in this video, is an a cappella group that became very popular on YouTube because of their talent and creativity – just check out this video, which has over 209 million views, for proof. In this video, they accompany Dolly Parton while she sings her hit “Jolene”, and it’s an interesting merging of different genres and generations.

Moana Official Trailer

Disney movies are my thing. I grew up on them, and I’m still an avid watcher – I’ve probably watched 20 of the classics in the past year. There’s just something about them that’s timeless, nostalgic, and so genuinely heartfelt. So when I heard that a new one was coming out, I couldn’t wait to see the official trailer!

The newest addition to the Disney world is Moana, the story of a young girl from an island in the South Pacific who sets sail on a dangerous journey and meets some friends along the way. It stars Dwayne Johnson as Maui, Moana’s companion on the trip, and introduces Hawaii native Auli'i Cravalho as Moana. It should be a great film, and I can’t wait to see it in late November when it arrives in theatres.

iPhone 7 Water Test! Secretly Waterproof?

It seems like a basic human instinct to keep all electrical appliances away from water, both for the device’s safety as well as our own. And while dropping your smartphone in the tub won’t have the same effect as doing the same with a toaster, both have traditionally been frowned upon, to say the least. Now, smartphone manufacturers are changing this idea by making their new models waterproof or water-resistant.

Take the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, for example. These phones are reported to be “water-resistant”, which means that they would emerge unharmed after spending 30 minutes at a depth of one meter under water. In this video, one brave man decides to test this out. First, he puts the iPhone in a homemade tube of water, but then he takes it further and goes swimming, diving, and more with the iPhone in hand. Will the new model hold up to expectations? Watch the full video for the final verdict!

$4 Burger Vs. $777 Burger

If there’s one thing that has continued to surprise me over the last year or so, it is that no BuzzFeed video has ever had enough views to make it onto our “Most Popular YouTube Videos” list. BuzzFeed publishes so many videos, and many of them are downright hilarious, so I’m happy to see one finally being recognized on this series.

This video in particular follows the journey of two friends, one of whom I recognize from other BuzzFeed videos, in their quest to try hamburgers at many different price points. They try a $4 one, a $20 one, and then, somehow, they find a $777 one in Las Vegas to try out. The high-end burger looks absolutely phenomenal, and is accompanied by a bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé champagne. The burger itself is topped with aged goat cheese, lobster, fancy balsamic vinegar, and other ingredients that raise the value to astronomical heights. The bottom line, basically, is that if you have the means to head to Vegas and give this burger a go, do it.

Just like that, we have reached the conclusion of the September edition of the “Most Viewed YouTube Videos” series. I hope that you had fun checking out and sharing each video, and I wish you all a wonderfully wicked October!



Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor

Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.

Fantastic Tech Fails Over the Years

Posted by cfeehan on September 22, 2016



As incredible advancements continue to be made in the field of technology, it’s easy to forget about some of the less successful or useful tech gadgets introduced over the years. Although they may not ever change the world or be labelled as “innovative”, they still serve a valuable purpose in society – they teach us to find humour in the trivial, admit when we have made a mistake, and teach us what not to do in the future. Prepare yourself for moments of shock, terror, and a whole lot of laughs.

Music Vest

“First, there was the transistor radio. Then, the headphones. Now, there’s Music Vest.”

Thank goodness that Music Vest has come to overhaul the world of trendy audio equipment, because “the headphones” were getting old, fast! This wearable sound system seems to combine beautiful metallic outerwear with built-in speakers, making it very easy for users to listen to their favourite music on the go (and share it with everyone around them)! As the infomercial from the 80s suggests, there are many appropriate times to wear the Music Vest, like when you’re “exercising, riding, golfing, fishing, or just hangin’ around”. It also suggests that acquiring the Music Vest will make you “the leader in your crowd”. After all of this, I’m only left with one question: “who wouldn’t want to invest in the technologically advanced and flawlessly fashionable Music Vest?”

Rejuvenique Electric Facial Mask

Happy Halloween, Execubloggers.

While this product may look like something out of a horror movie, it’s actually designed to rejuvenate the users’ skin by giving their face a bit of “exercise”. No, I don’t full understand how this works (and I’m not exactly convinced that it does), but the infomercial explains it like this:

“If you can get the idea of what 8 sit-ups a second would do for your stomach, you have an idea of what Rejuvinique would do for your face.”

So there you have it. Begin your facial exercise routine today, and your skin will thank you. But be forewarned: the other occupants of your house may not be as thankful. Eek.

The Hawaii Chair

Some products just work better as infomercial highlights, and The Hawaii Chair is one of those products. I can’t remember a time when this chair wasn’t being advertised on late-night television, promising to help users lose weight and tone up. The idea is that you sit on the chair, turn it on, and prepared to be rotated and shuffled around in a way that is supposed to simulate the movement of Hawaiian hula dancers. The infomercial suggests that it should be used in the workplace so that you can “exercise” at all times, but I’m skeptical about the user’s ability to get anything else done while sitting on one of these chairs. And I’m not the only one – in the video above, you can watch Ellen DeGeneres try out the Hawaiian Chair live and give her own take on how “effective” it really is.

DVD Rewinder


Do you remember the days of having to rewind your VHS tapes before returning them back to the rental store? I certainly do, and it was not a fun task. So when DVDs were introduced to the market and a company invented an automatic DVD rewinder, it may have seemed like a great (and necessary) invention to some. Except it wasn’t, of course, because of the one major logic flaw – DVDs don’t have to be rewound, under any circumstances.

It’s still unclear whether this invention was made to capitalize on the technological ignorance of a huge segment of the market, or if it was always meant to be a gag gadget. Either way, I’m glad it was invented, because it makes this list a whole lot more fun.

Rotating Ice Cream Cone



The rotating ice cream cone: because who has the time and energy to manually turn a waffle cone around to lick both sides? I think this product is hilarious, because it shows humanity at its laziest. Instead of having to move your hand while consuming delicious frozen treats, you can now stick your tongue out and have all the dairy goodness come to you. The days of developing carpel tunnel syndrome from rotating your wrist to reach the ice cream on both sides of the cone are finally behind us. Plus, the rotating ice cream cone comes in four completely unnatural colours, like toxic waste green and pylon orange. Get yours today, before the warm weather

USB Pet Rock



Here we have a rock that is connected to cable which plugs into the USB port on the user’s computer. Yes, this may sound simple, but it’s what happens next that is so intriguing! Once your pet rock is plugged in to your computer, absolutely nothing happens. That’s right – nothing. It doesn’t even use any power, or light up, or act as a storage device…it just sits there, and also happens to be connected via USB cable. This gadget wins the “most boring” award, hands-down.

Car Exhaust Burger Grill


We’ve all been there. You’re three hours into a road trip when your stomach starts rumbling because you haven’t stopped to eat. Wouldn’t it be convenient if, instead of having to make a pit stop at the closest Tim Hortons, you could just pull a homemade burger out of your exhaust pipe? I assume this is the situation that an Iranian team of designers had in mind when they invented the car exhaust burger grill. It uses the heat produced by the user’s exhaust pipe to grill burgers on the go; because the risk of exhaust fumes in your lunch sounds appealing to just about everyone. This one was a huge miss, but I have to give them points for imagination.

This concludes our list of tech fails throughout (recent) history. It seems impossible, but even ridiculous ideas seemed great to someone at some point. But, hey, we have to learn from our mistakes in order to grow, so don’t be too hard on the inventors and the mad scientists. Their next idea might just be a game-changing one.



Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor

Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.


Did you catch the Emmys last night? The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards honoured the best in U.S. television including Game of Thrones, Veep, and Mr. Robot. Although the ceremony isn’t known for being quite as glamorous as the Academy Awards or as outrageous as the VMAs, it did well in making us laugh, cry, cheer, and think a little bit.

Jimmy Kimmel was this year’s host, and although he’s no Tina Fey or Amy Poehler, he did a great job at being topical and entertaining and just a teensy bit controversial. Speaking of controversial, Hollywood’s most awkward moment almost happened when Jimmy announced the entrance of 7-time Emmy winner, Bill Cosby, sparking looks from the audience like this one from Tina Fey:


The biggest metaphorical winner of the event has to be the diversity of its nominees, and after the Academy Awards’ #OscarsSoWhite controversy, it was something to be celebrated.

 Rami Malek: the internet’s boyfriend. Photograph: Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock

With winners like Rami Malek for Best Actor in Mr. Robot and Asis Ansari and Alan Yang for their writing in Master of None, the Emmys recognized that dramatic and comedic talents aren’t determined by culture or ethnicity.

Tatiana Maslany accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for Orphan Black.  (MIKE BLAKE / REUTERS)

I’d also like to take this moment to give big ups to Canada’s Tatiana Maslany for winning Best Actress in a Drama Series in Orphan Black. As fans of the show know, for four seasons she has juggled over 10 different versions of her character (she plays a variety of clones), each with its own quirks, accents, and character traits. If you haven’t seen the sci-fi show, Execulink TV subscribers can check it out on Space—you won’t be disappointed.

 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Kit Harrington of HBO’s Game of Thrones pose backstage with their award for oustanding drama series. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

It was great to see fan-favourites like Orphan Black and Mr. Robot win out over huge shows like House of Cards and Homeland—these were nice surprises. But to no one’s surprise certain other shows won big last night. Veep won for Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series (who doesn’t love Julia Louis-Dreyfus?), and Game of Thrones (the love of my TV-watching life) won 12 of its whopping 24 nominations. Pop quiz! Which television series did Game of Thrones surpass for the record of most Emmys ever won? Answer: Frasier. Yes, that Frasier. Weird, right?

For a look at all the night’s winners and almost-winners, check out the list below. See you next year for TV’s biggest night!

Drama series
The Americans (FX) 
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO) — WINNER
Homeland (Showtime)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mr. Robot (USA)

Comedy series
Black-ish (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix) 
Modern Family (ABC)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Actor, drama series
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA) — WINNER
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime) 
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)

Actress, drama series
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America) — WINNER
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Actor, comedy series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Showtime)—WINNER

Actress, comedy series
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO) — WINNER
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On (HBO)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

Supporting actor, drama series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones (HBO) 
Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Netflix)
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix) — WINNER
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Supporting actress, drama series
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS) — WINNER
Maura Tierney, The Affair (Showtime)
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL (Lifetime)

Supporting actor, comedy series
Louie Anderson, Baskets — WINNER

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)
Matt Walsh, Veep (HBO)

Supporting actress, comedy series
Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)
Gaby Hoffman, Transparent (Amazon)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC) —WINNER
Nicey Nash, Getting On (HBO)

Limited series
American Crime (ABC)
The Night Manager(AMC)
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) — WINNER
Roots (History)

TV Movie
A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)
All the Way (HBO)
Confirmation (HBO)
Luther (BBC America)
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)— WINNER

Lead actor, limited series or movie
Bryan Cranston, All the Way (HBO)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager (AMC)
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)— WINNER

Lead actress, limited series or movie
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo (FX)
Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (HBO)
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) — WINNER
Lili Taylor, American Crime (ABC)
Kerry Washington, Confirmation (HBO)

Supporting actor, limited series or movie
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) — WINNER
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager (AMC)
Jesse Plemons, Fargo (FX)
David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Supporting actress, limited series or movie
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager (AMC)
Regina King, American Crime (ABC) — WINNER
Melissa Leo, All the Way (HBO)
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) 
Jean Smart, Fargo (FX)

Directing for a comedy series
Aziz Ansari, Master Of None
Alec Berg, Silicon Valley
Mike Judge, Silicon Valley
Jill Soloway, Transparent — WINNER
Dave Mandel, Veep
Chris Addison, Veep
Dale Stern, Veep





Candice Irvine, Blogger, Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer

I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?

This Dorm Room Tech is Everything

Posted by cfeehan on September 15, 2016



In my experience, it doesn’t seem too difficult to get children excited for back-to-school. The promise of a shiny new pencil case, a Star Wars backpack, or a couple of sparkly gel pens usually does the trick, and they’re well on their way to anticipating their first day.

But students going off to college or university – especially those who are living on their own for the first time in residence – might have a slightly longer list of back-to-school needs. The transition from living at home to living alone or with a stranger (who could literally be sleeping 5 feet away) isn’t always easy, but the gadgets on this list might just make it a little bit easier, or at least a little bit more fun.

Livable Lighting

Ikea VARV charging lamp

$79.99 USD


If you’re moving into residence, you’re going to need to bring a lamp – that’s just a fact. So why not get a lamp that can do a bunch of things at once? The VARV lamp from IKEA is not only stylish and the perfect size, but it also has a phone charging pad on its base. This means that you don’t need to plug in your phone to charge it – all you need to do it toss it onto the base of this lamp on your side table and doze off to sleep. Because who wants to do extra work once they’ve gotten comfortable in their new little twin-sized dorm bed?

Withings Aura Connected Alarm Clock

$189 USD


Getting enough sleep is a huge concern for first-year university students. Lectures, tutorials, essays, assignments, part-time jobs, and all sorts of other commitments jump up out of nowhere and make students feel like they’ll never be well-rested again. This is where the Withings Aura Alarm Clock comes in. You may be wondering how an alarm clock could ever help a person get more sleep, but this one has a really cool feature that produces light simulating a sunrise so that the user can wake up gradually and feel more energized when they start their day. It also monitors your room’s temperature, sound level, and light levels, and allows you to make changes to the latter two to fit your comfort level. Of course, it also has a great built-in speaker and alarm clock function, so it really is the complete package.

Sound Solutions

Amazon Echo

$179.99 USD


The Amazon Echo is a device that combines an awesome 360-degree speaker with Siri-like voice recognition and control. However, it comes with a different name – the “personality” of the Amazon Echo is named Alexa, and it will respond to this name if prompted. You can ask it to play music from any of your connected playlists, and can even get it to read you the news, as well as report on weather, traffic, and more. If you connect any outside smart devices (like the examples on our Internet of Things tech list), you can control these through the Echo as well. Basically, it sounds like a tried-and-true central hub to control all of your devices, stay connected, and provide great audio output. And when you’re a student, I don’t know if there’s anything you appreciate more than some seriously effective multitasking. You can order it online at Amazon.com for just $179.99 USD.


Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Whether you want to drown out your roommate’s snoring, listen to the latest Game of Thrones episode loud and clear, or both, noise-cancelling headphones are a definite “must” while you’re living in residence. Quality pairs don’t come cheap, but they’re a great investment. A few top performers of 2016 are shown below; just click on the product name to learn their specs.


Bose QuietComfort 35

$359 USD


Bose QuietComfort 25

$299 USD


Plantronics BackBeat PRO

$159 USD


Procrastination Permitters

LG PH300 Portable LED Projector with Built-in Digital Tuner


$449.99 USD


As a first-year student, you aren’t going to have room in your dorm for a large-screen TV (or the money for one). What you will have, on the other hand, is a wall. In fact, you’ll have a few of them. With this handy dandy projector, you can turn any wall into a large-screen TV instantly, which will make your never-ending streaming sessions infinitely more entertaining. It will probably attract some neighbours, too, meaning that you’ll make lots of binge-watching buddies. What fun is procrastinating if you’re doing it alone, right?

Marvellously Miscellaneous

Privacy Pop Bed Tent

$119.99 USD

BedTent.jpgThis is my favourite thing on the list, although it also happens to be the least techy – it’s just really, really useful. It’s essentially a zip-up tent that goes over your existing dorm room bed frame and mattress to provide you with total privacy from your roommate. As I said, it can be difficult going from having your own bedroom to living a few feet from a stranger, and this device certainly has the potential to take some of the stress out of that. If you need a bit of space, just zip up your tent, and take a minute. Take 45 minutes if you need it – naps seem like they’d be significantly easier in your own little cave of darkness.

So there you have it. If you, your son or daughter, or someone else you know has just moved into residence this fall (like these ladies that just won Execulink's $500 Scholarship), pass these tips along to them to make their first year a little easier and more enjoyable. 



Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor

Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.

7 Awesome Apps for Back to School!

Posted by cchalkley on September 9, 2016


Back to School Apps

Summer vacation is over and it’s that time of year again, back to school! Whether you are excited about it or not it’s the time when kids and parents are getting back into their school routines. Students will get their wheels turning again and now with the help of technology, they can get their homework and studying done more efficiently than ever! Here’s a guide of some cool apps students of any age can use to stay ahead of the curve for the upcoming school year.

According to Apple, there are over 170,000 apps designed specifically for education. A tablet can help you stay organized and is a great resource for studying and homework. iPads are being introduced into classrooms for learning and at home an iPad Air 2 can help any student stay on top of curriculum, productivity and learning. The iPad can be used for taking notes, collecting data, reading books and managing assignments. What kid wouldn’t want to do homework on this device? 

IPAD.jpgEvery student needs a good calculator to help solve their math problems, but now you can turn to your phone to solve your most complex math for you. If you’re getting stuck with algebra or trigonometry equations, try Photomath Camera Calculator. All you do is take a picture of your math equation and the app does the rest of the work. You will receive a detailed step-by-step instruction of how the problem was solved.  Now that’s what I call stress free math! Now just remember you won’t be able to use this app in your final exam, it’s best to still learn how to solve math problems on your own! Photomath is free from iTunes for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.



Student planners are great for university, college or high school students looking to manage their school life. myHomework keeps track of your homework by organizing assignments and their deadlines.  If you are lucky enough to also have your teacher using the Teachers.io app, you can access even more information to keep you up to date. Teachers can share class information, enter assignments, resource information and send announcements to classmates and parents. myHomework is free across iPhone, iPad, Andriod devices and desktops. 


Here’s a really fun and encouraging app that will help children learn to write their alphabet. Wet-Dry-Try helps with learning how to write capitals, numbers and lower case letters. Children can practice letters in any order they choose and they can learn to master one letter at a time. This app can help build good handwriting skills in a game environment. This app also has a classroom edition available for teachers to use in their students. Wet-Dry-Try is $4.99 for the iPad.



Even study flashcards have gone digital making studying for that big test more efficient and organized. Flashcards + by Chegg makes studying a breeze by creating decks by category and being able to include images. If you don’t have the time to make your own, you are able to download decks made by other students from Cram.com.  You can even share your flashcards with your friends so you can learn and study together. Need some last minute studying? You can review your flashcards on your Apple Watch and all your other iOS devices. Flashcards+ is free for Apple and Android devices.


If you’re interested in astronomy and curious about seeing what the universe looks like through your phone, check out this app! GoSkyWatch Planetarium is the cool night sky app that easily locates and identifies planets, stars and constellations. Point your phone at the sky and start exploring. This app is great for learning about the solar system that includes over 200 images of planets and information about everything you see in the sky! GoSkyWatch is $3.99 for iPhone and iPad devices.


You just turned 16 and you’re ready to start learning how to drive! Once you have read the Driver’s Handbook, download the G1 Genius app to practice taking the Ontario G1 License written knowledge exam. There are 8 different tests, 2 marathons and an exam mode available with questions related to road rules, road signs, fines and speed limits. You can attempt the test as many times as you wish and review your answers. This is a great tool to help you ace your test the first time. G1 Genius is free for Apple and Android devices.


The most important thing about starting a new school, college or university is feeling safe. Wearsafe is a personal safety system that will alert your network of people when you need to call for help. It works by wearing a button tag and pairing it to your Wearsafe app.  When you are in the need for help, pressing the tag will share your location and critical information to family and friends you set up in your network. This can help keep any parent sleeping better at night knowing that their child will be wearing this discreet device that can help in emergency situations. The Wearsafe subscription service is $5 a month and is supported on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. 


These are just some of the thousands of apps that can help with your studies this school year.  Whether you are a parent of a student, it’s always best to ask a teacher for any additional resources that might help with your classes.  If you are looking to get in on some new technology for the school year, check out Execulink’s Back to School Giveaways contest! Enter this week’s contest on our website for a chance to win an iPad Air 2.



Christine Chalkley, Marketing Coordinator

I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”