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Terrific Apps for Back to School for Instructors and Students

August 20, 2012 - 0 Comments

We won’t hide the fact that we think the new WebEx Meetings (it’s free) is a great back to school app.

You can jump online and video conference with two other people, view each others’ computer screens so you can collaborate on projects or ideas and record the whole thing so you can share it with other people. It can be used for teaching and it’s also great for studying together.

We found some great articles that round-up other apps that can make going back to school easier on students and teachers. We hope these help as you start pulling things together for the coming year.

From the Chicago Tribune: These Back to School Apps Get Straight As

Featuring apps for all ages, and focusing on students, this article has five apps they recommend.

Our favorite: Wikipedia Mobile (iPhoneiPod TouchiPadAndroid Free). What they say, “Yes, Wikipedia’s database of information is in large part curated by amateurs as opposed to historians. However, as long as Wikipedia research is complemented with other sources, there is immense value in the service, which is also available as a free application for most smartphones and tablets.”

From The Street: 10 Best Back-to-School Apps

The Street focuses on finance, so they took a look at apps that can help a family be more efficient and productive when thinking “back to school”.  Their list is great and family-oriented.

Our favorite:  Cozi Family Organizer because it lets any working parent keep track of all the craziness going on at home. What they say, “The app sets up a family calendar of appointments, practices, games and vacations that sync to every family member’s device. It also keep shopping lists centralized so a kid out of milk near the kitchen laptop can alert a parent already at the store. Perhaps the best feature is the shared chores list that allows each family member to click off tasks as they’re completed and allows parents to know exactly who’s not pulling weight.”

From BostInno:  Nine Back to School Apps You Need to Download Now

Aimed at the college crowd – since this publication is in Boston and you can’t go there without tripping over a college – from their list, you can see what the college kids think is important these days.

Our favorite: iStudiezPro. What a great way for instructors and students to come together on priorities! What they say, ” iStudiez Pro is the ideal digital assistant. Students can track their course load, lectures, due dates, grades and GPA. They can also sort assignments by date and priority, and synchronize their data between all of their iOS and Mac devices.”

Have a favorite? We’d love to hear about it – please post a comment below.

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