best apps for back to school 2016

Best Back to School Apps for 2016

Back to school means back into the swing of things, getting organized, and keeping everyone on the same page especially where schedules are concerned. Here are our Top 5 (and a few of bonus ones too) app recommendations for the student, teacher, or family to make the school year smooth sailing.

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5. Documents 5

Documents is the most capable application on your mobile device. It replaces a document viewer, PDF reader, “read it later” and bunch of other applications as the one elegant app. It can be confusing to manage multiple apps across DropBox, Google Drive, PDFs, photos, and more. This app simplifies document access, sharing, annotating, and more. Perfect for classroom and office collaboration.

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Price: FREE

4. Duolingo

If your kids are in French immersion, or even learning French in school there is no reason why you can’t keep up. This app is changing the way we learn language. Start with French then tackle Portuguese perhaps? You can have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with the kids and even your friends. Fun for the whole family.

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Cost: FREE

3. iStudiez Pro

This is one of the apps you’ll really USE in your daily school life. Multi-features allow you to organize your schedule, follow up with your homework, see your schedule in real-time with updates (integrate calendars too), track grades and GPA. Beautifully designed and easy to use, packed with amazing icons and cool features, helping you keep track of even the most complicated schedule, guarding the info of your teachers, grades and holidays you will have no excuse to be disorganized this year.

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COST: $3.99

2. EON Experience AVR

An augmented reality app that brings gaming to learning to help students understand topics in anatomy, biology, history, physics and astronomy. EON Experience AVR includes 360° videos and Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality education games bringing the latest in tech and education right into the hands and minds of your students.
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Cost: FREE
Picniic is the next generation family management platform aimed at helping families stay more organized and connected than ever before. Picniic combines all the tools a parent needs in one, central location that can be accessed and updated by all family members, keeping everyone organized and on the same page. Accessible via an iPhone, iPad and the web, Picniic functions like an operating system for the home with high quality feature integrations that help the entire family to share data in a meaningful and useful way. The friendly user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate, making organizing everything from school activities to finding your children’s medical information completely seamless. By consolidating information into one central location, the dashboard brings all your family activities, tasks and data together. Whether there is one working parent or two in your family or you are divorced and co-parenting, Picniic give you a unique and easy-to-use system for managing and simplifying the family home!
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Cost: FREE

BONUS recommended apps:

Fresh Grade
This app allows teachers and students to quickly and easily capture learning in a way that revolutionizes learning. Capture rich media artifacts of student learning as it happens—through pictures, videos, audio recordings, links, documents and anecdotal notes. Share student portfolios, send class-wide announcements, and monitor portfolio activity.
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FREE on iOs and Android
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iTunes U

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iTunes U provides everything an instructor needs to bring the classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and your own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, discuss one-on-one or in groups, and annotate PDF assignments.

iTunes U also allows anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to learn from the world’s largest collection of free education content—including public courses and collections from leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions.

Cost: FREE

KHAN Academy

Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free. Over 10,000 videos and explanations at your fingertips in math, science, economics, history, and much, much more. With over 150,000 interactive Common Core aligned practice questions are included with instant feedback and step-by-step hints. Follow along with what you’re learning in school or practice at your own pace. Great for the whole family; and guaranteed parents will learn something too.

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Check out our 2015 recommendations–there are still some gems on there useful in any learning environment. We especially love Evernote (iOs and Android), EasyBib (iOs and Android) as well this Chrome browser extension available, and PhotoMath (iOs and Android). Happy back-to-school to all parents, teachers, and administrators. Here’s to a great year!

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