Tools to lighten the load for high school students.
As a high school student, I know how much easier school life can be with the right apps on my computer, smart phone and tablet.
Apps can help students with every aspect of schoolwork, including organizing, studying and creating. They make it possible to track homework, make lists, and store assignments; bone up on tough courses like Shakespeare and Math, and create spectacular presentations for class.
Here’s my top 10 list of apps that will lighten the load for high school students this year:
1. iMathematics Pro
iMathematics is an essential app for math students at all levels. It includes over 1,000 formulas, definitions and theorems and 120 topics from Algebra and Geometry to Trigonometry.
$2.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android; www.werasoft.com
With life-like technology that feels like the natural experience of writing, you can take notes in class and create beautiful drawings that you can sync to all of your other devices.
Free, iPad; www.evernote.com/penultimate
This multi-platform app takes the work out of tackling to-dos! From homework and packing lists to notifications and an hour tracker, the user-friendly interface takes the effort out of list-making.
Free, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows and Mac; www.wunderlist.com
4. iStudiez Pro
Take your Apple calendar to a new level! With a special section dedicated to tracking homework and assignments, and an option to sort workload by priority, due date and individual course, this app will make staying on track a snap.
$2.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac; www.istudentpro.com
This virtual document folder gives students the ability to access documents wherever they are by way of a mobile app that keeps everything in sync between smartphone, tablet and desktop.
Free, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows and Mac; www.dropbox.com
This classroom companion integrates voice recording with handwriting, typing and PDF annotation making it a snap to review lectures at the end of the day or while cramming for exams. This app lets you import slides and textbooks too!
$1.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad; www.gingerlabs.com
Quickly finds everything you need by searching for files across your Mac and personal cloud services, including Dropbox, Evernote, SkyDrive, Google Drive and Gmail.
Free, Mac; www.foundapp.com
All students study William Shakespeare and this app puts the complete collection at your fingertips! With integrated glossary, facts and scene breakdowns, students can better understand the plays, characters and concepts.
Free, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android; www.readdle.com
This “flashcard” app lets students create study cards filled with text, pictures and audio and features a search function and reminder alerts. The collaborative function lets kids share with classmates at school and around the world.
Free, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android; www.studyblue.com
10. Haiku Deck
Haiku Deck is a brilliant presentation app that makes your slides more stunning than ever before. Start with a few ideas, add some pictures, pick the perfect look, and you have a professional looking presentation.
Free, iPad; www.haikudeck.com