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6 Great Back-To-School Apps


Support your child’s learning–whether he’s in elementary, middle, or high school–with these six great apps. They’re all free, so encourage your son or daughter to download as many of them as possible as he or she heads back to school this fall.

Dictionary.com
Available at Apple App Store; Google Play

If there’s one thing that all kids need for their schoolwork, it’s a dictionary. Gone are the days of the paper-bound tomb you had to carry around in your backpack. Now, you’ll have a much easier time teaching them the joys of looking up and learning new words by having them download Dictionary.com. It’s the largest dictionary app in English, offering more than two million definitions and synonyms, and it has other useful features like voice search (if they don’t know the correct spelling of a word) and audio pronunciations (which can teach them the proper pronunciation of words).

Duolingo
Available at Apple App Store; Google Play

Most schools across the country require students to learn a language other than English. Duolingo is a great supplement to the foreign language instruction your kids receive at school. The app, which offers lessons in more than 30 major languages, teaches them how to speak, read, and write another language. The lessons are divided into modules that practice specific skills, and they can assess how much they’ve learned as they go along, or when they’ve completed a module.

Flashcards with Cram
Available at Apple App Store; Google Play

When your kids sit down to study, one of the best study tools is flashcards. Flashcards with Cram lets them access more than eight million flashcards on all the major school subjects. They can also create their own flashcards, using both text and images, and share those flashcards with study partners. They can go through entire sets of flashcards when they study for a test or exam, or hide flashcards they already know for more effective studying. They can also have the flashcard read out loud to them, which is useful if they’re auditory learners.

Homework App
Available at Apple App Store; Google Play

Homework! The thing kids dread the most after a long day at school. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. The award-winning Homework App makes it easy for them to stay on top of all of their homework assignments. They can view their assignments by day, month, and year; color code different subjects; take photos of assignments and break them down into many sub-tasks; and set reminders so they don’t end up submitting their assignments late.

Photomath
Available at Apple App Store; Google Play

Some students find math easy, others very difficult. However, they’d all find Photomath to be a great study tool. All they need to do is take a picture of a math problem with their phones, and the app will automatically show step-by-step instructions on how to solve the problem. The app has a built-in calculator and can even understand handwritten math problems. Obviously, they should try to solve the problems themselves first and then check their answers against the app.

Moment–Screen Time Tracker
Available at Apple App Store; Google Play

One of kids’ biggest distractions, especially when they’re doing homework, is the constant buzzing of their phones. If you want them to withstand the temptation to constantly check them, have them download Moment–Screen Time Tracker. This app lets them track how much time they spend on their phones every day, and more importantly, lets them set daily limits on their screen time. They can also set reminders that alert them when they’re getting close to the daily limit, and see how many times they pick up their phones every day and which apps they use the most. The answers can be very revealing! ■

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30 Jul 2019


By Tanni Haas, Ph.D.

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