Seven Homework Apps that Make the Grade

We are thrilled that the Today Show selected as a Top 5 Education app this week!  And yes, Kathie Lee, those are real tutors!  While we love the apps the Today Show selected, many were for the elementary school set and we know our parents are looking for solutions for middle and high school students. Read on for a few of our fave homework apps for the tweens and teens in your life.

StudyBlue: Sick of finding flashcards all over the house? Check out StudyBlue. The app lets you locate content on subjects created by other users, or lets you customize your own flashcards. A study guide compiles all the cards for each class for handy end-of-semester review. You can also create study groups to share information and use different study modes to help you review those flashcards, but also quizzes and review sheets.

Quizlet:  Created by a high school student, this site lets you record your own voice on Quizlet or hear native speakers which is great for foreign language study. The app can talk through math formulas, help with music appreciation or even make you an expert on bird calls. Quizlet also lets you make quizzes, flash cards and includes word games to play with other users.

SparkNotes: From the Adventures of Huck Finn to Hamlet, SparkNotes is your go-to guide for figuring out exactly what’s going on in some of those confusing classics. You can start a study group right from your phone, or download guides to use offline.

iStudiez Pro: We always talk about the importance of long-term and short-term planning for your homework, and this app is great for both! It has four sections: Today, Calendar, Assignments and Planner. The Today tab, for example, displays assignments, quizzes and projects, but also integrates data from your Calendar entries. The Assignments tab is particularly cool because you can sort things in different ways, including due date, class and priority.

Edmodo: Many schools have moved to this awesome communication tool that lets your teacher remind you of upcoming assignments, share more details and just generally keep you informed about what’s going on in the classroom. Forget to bring home a crucial assignment? Just check in with a classmate through Edmodo and you’re on your way. It’s also a great way for parents and teachers to communicate.

Graphing Calculator by Desmos: Now this is cool. Launch the app and you have a graphing calculator that can instantly plot any equation, from lines and parabolas up through derivatives and Fourier series. You can create tables and it also acts as a scientific calculator that can solve square roots, logs, absolute value and more. Note: the app doesn’t currently allow you to save or share your graphs, so be sure to use the regular website if you need to do that.  No list of our favorite homework apps would be complete without our personal fave: But don’t just take it from us! As the Today Show notes in its new list of the Top 5 Educational Apps, “There is a point where you can’t necessarily help your kids with their homework anymore. Recommended for middle school on up, is where students connect with a tutor virtually anytime online for as long as they need.” Digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong added he knows from personal experience “how serious is about ensuring quality and safety.” Why thank you! We’d love to hear about the apps that are tops with you! Let us know on our Facebook page.

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