5 Must-Have Smartphone Apps for Back-to-School

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I hate to admit it but Summer in my home is almost over. My 3 kids will be heading back to school in a few short weeks. As we near the back-to-school season I am always looking for article ideas that can help make students lives a little bit easier. Since we live in the go-go “there’s an app for that” culture I thought it would be cool to research 5 great smartphone apps that can really help high school and college aged kids. I was totally blown away with what I found.

Here are the five I would download in an instant:


1. iFormulas (Free for the iPhone)

If you were like me, in math class, you were always fumbling through the text book looking for the correct formula. Then once you did find it you couldn’t remember how to plug the dang numbers into it. I still have nightmares about my pre-calculus class, but that is a post for another day. I would have absolutely loved the free iFormulas app for the iPhone. It has hundreds of math formulas right at your fingertips, and the best part is it allows you to add the ones you use the most into the “Favorites” folder. What a great idea for an app. I totally was born 20 years too late.

flashcards touch

2. Flashcard Touch ($0.99 for the iPhone)

If you are heading into a class where you have to memorize vocabulary words or definitions, the Flashcard Touch app may be the best 99 cents you ever spent. The app is very simple to use and gives you access to over 1 million pre-made flashcards as well as the ability to quickly create your own.


3. CueBrain! ($3.99 for iPhone and Android)

CueBrain! is an amazing little app that allows you to learn over 20 different languages in a fun quiz-style format. Popular languages include English, French, Spanish, German, and even Chinese. Essentially the app allows you to build cue cards and then uses the cards to quiz you in a fun and interactive way. Also, if you own an iPhone you can download the free version and give it a test drive before you buy the full $3.99 version.

iHomework app

4. iHomework ($1.99 for the iPhone)

The only way this app could be any cooler was if it did your homework for you! From their iTunes page, the app “keeps you up-to-date with your school work, grades, to-do’s, teacher’s information, and almost everything else you need during the school year.” No more excuses as to why you didn’t get your assignments turned in on time. Pretty cool. The app also allows you to record your own grades so you won’t have any surprises when your report card shows up on your parents kitchen counter.

Wikipedia Mobile

5. Wikipedia Mobile (Free for iPhone and Android)

If I were still in college I would use the Wikipedia app to get a little extra or bonus information about whatever topic was currently being covered. The app is essentially a free encyclopedia on your phone with more than 20 million articles currently archived. Since Wikipedia is open source, and allows for user contributions, I probably wouldn’t cite it when doing research papers.

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  1. I’m downloading iFormulas right now!

  2. I needed iForumlas in high school. Our teacher always let us keep a notecard with formulas on it for tests. I’m a dinosaur.

    1. I totally remember that! You would cram all of the formulas on 1 note-card but the writing was so small that by the time you needed it you couldn’t read it!

  3. I need to tell my students about the flashcard one!

  4. I wish they’d had iFormula when I was taking math classes. It took forever to search through the math book index and find them!

  5. Hey Kyle,

    Thanks for sharing these apps…I’m definitely checking these out. Have a great day!

  6. Thanks for sharing the apps (and coupons). I like being able to test drive the LITE version before paying for one I may or may not like.

  7. We’ve been using iFormula for a couple of years now to help with math in our home school classes, it’s a great app.

  8. Ooooh – how awesome would it be to learn a new language! These are great apps and I don’t think I’d heard of most of them before.

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