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7 Awesome Apps for Back to School!

Posted by cchalkley on September 9, 2016

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.”