There’s an App for “A”’s – back to school apps

Back to school Apps that Earn “A”’s

Mobile applications to help kids with school.

 Now that the school year is in full swing, it is good to know that back to school gear is not limited to pens, pencils, Trapper Keepers and other items available at Target or Office Depot.  Nowadays, back to school gear also can include mobile applications (or “apps”) for smart phones or tablets that can do everything from teaching young kids how to hold a pencil to keeping those teenagers on top of their homework assignments and managing their time with all of their extracurricular activities.

Here are a few apps that were featured on

Chalk Walk (iPad) – Free – Surprisingly enough, a child can learn how to hold a pencil with a proper pincer grip by using a touch screen tablet computer.  Chalk Walk, an iPad game, has young learners practice drawing and tracing lines while holding their thumbs and index fingers together.  In addition to offering challenges that develop motor skills, Chalk Walk also includes a basic word construction game.

iStoryBooks (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android) – Free – iStoryBooks is like an e-reader for little ones.  It has the option of having a narrator read the books to you.  Classic children stories such as The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood are a few of the selections.  Included are other educationsl books that teach everything from ABCs to geography and sound association.  Parents have the option of choosing what books kids can find within the app’s library.  iStoryBooks also introduces a brand new story every two weeks, and provides up to 25 free selections. 

Number Line (iPhone) – Free – Winner of the Virginia Mobile Learning Apps Development Challenge, this app targets elementary school students between second and eight grade.  It is a fun and mildly addictive math game that would challenge most parents too!  The idea is simple – A row of fractions, percentages and decimals are presented in random order and it’s up to the player to arrange the figures in order from smallest to largest.  The faster you can complete the task, the higher the score.  The game’s difficulty increases the more levels one advances.

Wikipedia Mobile (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android) – Free – As long as Wikipedia research is complemented with other sources, there is great value in the service.  Most of the information published in Wikipedia is community-vetted, which isn’t always the case with other search results.  The app also includes professionally – produced stories and historical tidbits of the day.

iStudiez Pro (iPhone, iPad) – 99 cents – Voted 2011 Best College Student App, 2010 Best Young Adults App, 2010 Best Parenting App, 2009 Best App Ever in Education.  Help your high school student stay on top of their deadlines and exam prep with this productive application designed specifically for students.  Entries are color-coded based on subject, and information entered into iStudiez also syncs with your calendar.  The app provides Push Alerts when assignments are due, and includes a GPA calculator.  There is also a free version, but it may be worth to invest the 99 cents in iStudiez Pro.

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