Tablets and smartphones are the Swiss Army Knives of the digital world. True, they lack a little can opener that can pry open a tin of beans, but they’re still amazing all-in-one devices that are lightweight, conveniently-sized, and contain almost everything you need to organize and run your life. That’s probably why they’re ideal for students, even young students. If you have a kid that’s heading back to school, there are five apps that should be on his or her smartphone, iPhone, or iPad.
There are apps for homework organization. There are apps for taking better notes. There are apps that are ideal for quick image editing, and for making involved masterpieces. Here are five applications that need to be on your child’s iPhone or iPad. Each app is universal (functional on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) unless otherwise noted.
Evernote (FREE) – Evernote’s icon is an elephant. Appropriate, since this app never forgets. With Evernote, you can take efficient notes and recordings, jot down your ideas, and share them across almost any make of smartphone or tablet. You can even use Evernote to share your scribbles with your pals on Twitter and Facebook. Taking crisp, organized notes is key to academic success, and Evernote can help anyone fall into the habit at an early age.
Wikipedia (FREE) – Wikipedia isn’t always the most reliable source of information, but a well-sourced and well-written article on the open encyclopedia can be invaluable. The Wikipedia app provides portable access to over 20 million articles in 280 languages, and you can save articles to read offline—a handy feature if a school has spotty Wi-Fi access.
myHomework (FREE) – Nobody likes homework, but with the myHomework app, you can organize your assignments and get them done faster (Disclaimer: For best results, stay away from YouTube, Tumblr, and Twitter, too). myHomework lets you track classes, tests, due dates, and assignments. Also contains canine repellant so your dog will never eat another assignment again (kidding).
Procreate ($4.99, iPad Only) – While a procreation app would certainly be an interesting addition to the App Store, Procreate for the iPad is actually a feature-laden painting/design app. You can sketch, paint, and put together almost any kind of school project imaginable. The App also saves with every single stroke you make, which is a blessing if you find yourself low on battery power.
SimCity Deluxe ($0.99) – You know what they say about all work and no play. The long-running SimCity series by EA/Maxis is still one of the most brilliant edutainment experiences available on computers, smartphones, or anywhere. SimCity teaches you about the importance of public transit, urban planning, defending cities against fire, floods, and Godzilla attacks—and, of course, it’s a lot of fun to play.
For more great back-to-school app suggestions, visit:
Top 10 Back-to-School Applications at Time.com
15 Essential Apps for Students at Mashable
10 Must-Have Back to School Apps at Edudemic