Back to school apps for your smartphone and tablet

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For most parents, the smartphone and tablet can be the enemy when it’s time to get some homework done.  Our kids love to play games on them.  If you download the right apps those devices could become just the tool you need to help your kids learn and get organized.  Here are some of my favorite apps just in time for back to school.

Preschool and elementary

Endless Alphabet  (iOS, Android)

The Endless series provides a fun way for kids to learn their alphabet and how to spell words.  The best part is, your kids will think it’s a game.  This is great for preschool kids all the way up to 1st or 2nd grade.  If you like Endless Alphabet be sure to check out their other titles including Endless Reader and Endless Math.

Studyblue (iOS, Android)

Flashcards are often the best way to help kids learn simple words, facts and definitions.  Studyblue is a digital flashcard app.  Some classes and topics have pre-existing flashcard sets or you can create your own.  You can’t go wrong with flashcards and Studyblue is a great app for taking a classic study tool and making it digital.

Middle school and High school

Duolingo (iOS, Android)

Learning a second language is great for kids but it’s often frustratingly boring.  Duolingo is a great app to turn learning a language into a game.  The app guides you through exercises that feel painless but help re-enforce the basics of various languages.  This could be the perfect studying tool for your young student.  It could also help mom and dad learn a language at the same time!

MyHomework (iOS, Android)

Staying organized isn’t always easy for that busy student with a long list of classes, homework assignments, quizes and tests.  MyHomework is a digital calendar designed to keep your student organized.  Add classes and then schedule assignments for those classes.  MyHomework will also remind your student when it’s time to get that assignment done.  It also connects to teachers.io so teachers can add assignments and send announcements directly to the class.

EasyBib (iOS, Android)

For most students writing a paper can be a tall task but that bioliography page or the citations make it downright frustrating.  EasyBib is a great tool to make citations a cinche.  Scan the UPC on the book and EasyBib generations the citation for you in MLA, APA or Chicago format.  You can then send your citations via e-mail to add to your paper later.