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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  • 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

  • iHomework

    Students with full schedules will love this app that is designed to keep track of class assignments. The interface makes it easy to enter new assignments, and the app will give reminders as the due date draws near so nothing is forgotten.

    In addition to tracking assignments on the iPad, iHomework uses iCloud to make the information accessible from Macs and iPhones.

    From the developer:

    iHomework Features




    Keep track of all the upcoming work for the school year.

    Repeating assignments let you quickly enter work due every day, week, or month.

    Record your grades for every assignment and let iHomework figure out what your report card is going to say.

    Add partners to your group assignments and have quick access to their contact information.

    Email assignments to your friends (when they forget to show up to class).

    Organize your information however you like it.

    Keep track of your work on iHomework's built-in color coded calendar.

    All new integration with Questia (www.questia.com) puts you one tap away from all of the research you'll need for your homework, paper, or group project. Search Questia's huge library without ever leaving iHomework. When you find something you like, you can have iHomework automatically launch Questia for an amazing reading and research experience.

    Reading and Books


    Keep track of any reading assignments you have during the week. Link the reading with a course and any assignments that are related. Bookmark definitions or important paragraphs so you can go back to them anytime.

    Your list of books is a great place to keep notes about your text books (like how expensive they are) and the author.



    Remember what you need at the grocery store with Reminders.

    Keep reminders around so you don't forget those daily to-do's that you need to get done.

    Great for anything in your life that isn't school work - keep everything you need in one convenient app!



    Keep track of your course information and teacher contact info. Mark the location of a course on a map - great for new college students on a large campus.

    iHomework will calculate your grade using a simple point-based grading system or a very highly customizable weighted system. Keep track of your schedule for the year - you'll never "forget" to go to class again!



    iHomework lets you record class times no matter what kind of schedule your school is on.

    Whether weekly or block schedule, iHomework lets you enter your schedule and keep track of all your courses.

    Price: $1.99

    Download: From the iTunes Store

Topics: Mobility, Apps, iPad

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    My I suggest MagicalPad, it is flexible app for school that does outlining, mind mapping and of course note taking. great way to organize your thoughts or take structured notes for exams.
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