As you prepare for the start of another school year, that smartphone, tablet, iPod Touch or similar device in your pocket or purse might be your most indispensable school supply.
We asked readers to share their favorite apps for keeping track of schedules, handling homework and staying organized at school or at home. Most of the apps are free or cost $2 or less. Not all are available for every device, so check your app store for variations and alternatives.
– Never lose a paper – or forget it at home – again. Load Dropbox onto your computer and save your papers, photos, video presentations or other important stuff into it. Then you can access them from any computer or smart device. (Great for teachers, too.)
– Lets older elementary through college-age students track homework assignments, test and quiz scores, class dates and times, and more.
– Keep courses, school work, grades, to-do lists, teacher information and more at your fingertips. Sync information between your Mac and other iDevices.
– Keep track of upcoming exams, tests and projects. Get tips from experts and other students. And when you’re feeling especially confident or freaked-out, you can hit a button and easily share your feelings with friends on Facebook.
– Students loveKahnAcademy.org
, and now that knowledge has been harnessed into a handy app. Learn almost anything for free, including K-12 math, science, humanities, finance and history, by downloading or watching any of the Academy’s library of more than 4,200 videos.
– Useful when you’re stumped by Spanish homework, or to figure out Latin word roots.
– The complete works of Shakespeare in one place, along with a searchable concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for.
– A mobile version of the popular StudyBlue.com website, which allows users to collect notes, set study reminders and make digital flashcards.
– Delivers more than 50,000 classic titles to your iPhone, iPad or iPad for free. A file sharing option allows you to transfer books to and from your laptop or desktop computer.
– An entire dictionary and thesaurus, and a “Word of the Day” to help build your vocabulary.
•National Geographic’s World Atlas HD
– Spin the globe, find a country, learn about it, see its flag, get an up-to-the-minute weather report, check currency conversion rates and more.
– Powerful, high-quality scientific graphing calculator for your iPhone or iPad. Simple interface makes it easy to enter or edit equations and visualize them in mathematical notation, both in 2D and 3D.