10 iPad apps for back to school

10 iPad apps for back to school

Summary: The summer is almost over and for students that means it will be soon time to get back to school. Those carrying iPads back to to the hallowed halls of academia should look at these apps.

TOPICS: Mobility, Apps, iPad

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  • iStudiez Pro

    This app not only tracks basic assigments but will also track lectures, labs, project deadlines, and more. It can be used to plan homework for those with the busiest course load.

    There is a Today view that provides focus for all of the various tasks at hand that is very useful. It is a full planner that even allows tracking information about each course instructor, including office hours and contact information. Students can even track their grades/GPA on the fly.

    From the developer:


    Unique built-in planner lets you input and easy manage all types of schedules including classic, alternating (A & B weeks), rotating and block schedule.

    Not only you can enter most common course details, but also add instructors with all related information such as office hours, affiliation, phone number and email address. As well you are welcome to add holiday periods and even cancel separate classes in case of outstanding events.

    In addition, you are supplied with an expanded set of icons designed especially for iStudiez Pro to mark your class types and extracurricular activities. Color labels are available for your convenience to mark each particular course.


    Special section is dedicated to keep track of your homework and assignments. Whatever is the way you are used to manage your tasks, you will find it all in iStudiez Pro. Either you want to organize your assignments by date, by course or by priority, or sort them into pending and completed, you have all options at your hand.


    Once your schedule is added, the summary of current classes and tasks is automatically reflected in Today view.

    You'll see list of events and assignments including all details such as event type, location, time left, class instructor, number of tasks pending and what's next on schedule.

    Courses reflected in Today view are easily modifiable in each and every detail.

    Today icon always sticks you to the current date!


    This option is based on assignments (support of weighted/non-weighted assignments), and GPA calculator is available both for current and past semesters. Support of most world used grading scales (letter grades, percents, points).


    You will always be up to date with pending tasks and upcoming classes and events with iStudiez Pro. The app boasts Push Notifications feature which allows you set general alarm time for your classes and separate alarms for each of your assignments and homework.

    Setting the alarms is quick and smartly integrated within the interface of the app, so prepare to be the most resulting fellow ever with no special memorizing efforts!


    No way you will ever lose your data if something's wrong with your device. iStudiez Pro takes care of you and offers the option to back up your data by sending it to your e-mail address with tapping just one button!

    Price: $2.99

    Download: From the iTunes Store

  • World Atlas 2013

    This is an interactive atlas that leaves the old paper version in the dust. The world is presented through a variety of maps that the student can manipulate with touch on the iPad.

    The maps include a time zone map, satellite map, physical map, and a political map. 

    From the publisher:

    Time zones map, physical and political map with zoom possibility to the country’s size.

    ✔ Detailed country’s official information, such as the flag, coat-of-arms, hymn, language, prevailing religion, official currency, climate and time zones, telephone codes and other valuable information.

    ✔ Three map types for a larger zoom: standard, satellite and mixed.

    ✔ Search of the necessary location on the map and its tagging with a flag.

    ✔ Distance calculation between two points on the map.

    ✔ “Find yourself” function indicates the location of the user on the map.

    ✔ Compass function indicates the route from the place you are to the location chosen on the map, through an arrow.

    Price: $0.99

    Download: From the iTunes Store

  • Evernote

    This app isn't just for students but is just as good for them as anyone. Evernote is a cloud-based note app that makes it easy to take notes that include text, audio, photos, and images captured from other apps. 

    While not a full word processor Evernote includes a rich text editor to handle common formatting to make notes look pretty decent. Users can organize those notes in a variety of ways so the method that works best is at hand.

    Since the notes are cloud-based they can be accessed from just about any smartphone or tablet. This is a handy feature for students who often need to refer to notes while running around the campus, even if the iPad is back in the dorm.

    Evernote is free with a paid version available for those needing extra storage in the cloud. It works on both the iPad and iPhone

    From the developer:

    • Sync all of your notes across the computers and devices you use

    • Create and edit text notes, to-dos and task lists

    • Save, sync and share files

    • Record voice and audio notes

    • Search for text inside images

    • Organize notes by notebooks and tags

    • Email notes and save tweets to your Evernote account

    • Connect Evernote to other apps and products you use

    • Share notes with friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter

    • Works with Evernote Business: Capture, browse, search, and share Business Notes and Business Notebooks from your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

    ◦ Premium feature: take notebooks offline to access them anytime

    ◦ Premium feature: allow others to edit your notebooks

    ◦ Premium feature: add a PIN lock to your Evernote app

    Price: Free (Premium service available at cost)

    Download: From the iTunes Store

Topics: Mobility, Apps, iPad

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