Kid Homework Tracker
You may check your child’s homework daily, but how is he keeping track of what’s due when and for which class? Check out these great apps to help him not only manage his homework schedule, but to help him with reference materials, too.
1. My Gradebook
This app combines keeping track of assignments with keeping track of how well your child is doing in his classes. The fully customizable interface allows your child to enter information about all of his classes, add, color code, and keep track of assignments.
Your child can also indicate what type of grading system (percentage or points-based) is used in each class, so when he enters in the grades for each assignment, My Gradebook ($1) will be able to show him exactly how well he’s doing.
You’d think an app with procrastinate right in the name might not be one you want your child to be using, but this app is not only a fantastic task manager, but also helpful for kids who need to break tasks into manageable chunks.
The iProcrastinate (free) interface easily allows for creation of step-by-step directions for completing an assignment. Your child can input her ToDo list, set recurring tasks, and mark things as “Due Today,” “Upcoming,” or “Overdue.” Even cooler, the app can be synced to your child’s Apple computer, DropBox, or iCloud accounts.
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The iHomework app ($2) is more of an electronic day planner than it is an assignment tracker. While your child can certainly keep up to date on all of his homework assignments, he can also have his schedule, teacher and student contact information, and even his reading list right at his fingertips. You can also set pop-up reminders for the more forgetful child, and iHomework has in-app access to the online research site.
For those of us old enough to remember the distinctive yellow and black CliffsNotes booklets, the concept of SparkNotes (free) is not new. What is new, though, is that the study guides for literature, plays, and poetry are now available digitally.
Your child can not only access nearly 50 preinstalled study guides, but also start a virtual study group. SparkNotes even has a feature that allows her to share what she’s studying as a Facebook status, though that may be counterproductive to studying.
5. Dictionary and Thesaurus
This premium app from Dictionary.com not only has a common dictionary, but also has medical and science dictionaries, too. Dictionary and Thesaurus ($3) does not require internet access to work, which is a bonus if you have a kid who is easily distracted by the Web. It also allows your child to have a “favorite” word list, hear words said out loud, see them used in sentences, discover word origins, and has a fun “Word of the Day” feature.
If your child is taking an advanced math or science course this year, she’ll need to know formulas — or at least know where to find them. Instead of searching through a textbook or on the Web, she can simply turn to the iFormulas app (free).
The app has libraries of formulas commonly used in algebra, calculus, chemistry, geometry, electrical engineering, trigonometry, and physics. Be aware, though, the app merely provides the correct format; she’ll have to solve the equations herself!
7. Calc Pro
If your child is going to be solving those equations, she’s going to need a good calculator at her side. The Calc Pro ($8) app is a good alternative to buying an expensive scientific calculator. It actually gives your child 10 different types of calculators at her fingertips, ranging from basic calculators to more complex ones, like financial, scientific, statistical, and graphing calculators.
8. Quick Periodic Table of the Elements
I had no idea how much information there was to learn about the elements until I started looking at the Quick Periodic Table of the Elements app (free). The app has four separate periodic tables to help you look at elements by group, class, representative elements, or orbital blocks. For the less chemistry-inclined (like me) it also has a search function that breaks each element down by symbol, number, and name. And if that’s not enough info, your child can take an in-app peek at the Wikipedia entry for individual elements.
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If you have kids in school, you know how much homework can take over their evenings. With all the different subjects and assignments they have on their desks, it can be hard for them to keep track of everything.
Fear not, here are some helpful apps for kids and parents to get on the same page when it comes to getting those assignments done, and done right.
Having a good calculator on hand is a must for any student. This scientific calculator app provides everything students need to sine, cosine, or tangent to their heart's content. There's also a handy note-taking component of the app that lets kids keep track of their answers, and more importantly, not forget how they got them. (Free, iOS; similar Android version called RealCalc)
The new ways that math is being taught these days is a departure from when we were growing up. For those tricky textbook algebra equations or logarithms that no one can quite figure out, turn to PhotoMath. Simply snap a photo of the problem, and PhotoMath will provide a detailed step-by-step overview of the solution. It's like having a digital math tutor in your pocket. (Free; iOS, Android)
Kids learning a second language will really appreciate the ease of iTranslate. This easy-to-use app offers translations of words, phrases and text in 90 languages. It even offers the ability to audibly hear different dialects in both male and female voices, so your kids can immerse themselves in the language and learn to speak like a native. (Free; iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows)
Flipping through pages of a dictionary is so old school. With the Dictionary.com app, students can get definitions in a matter of taps. In addition to a whopping 2 million words, the app also provides bonus features like audio pronunciations, word search, favorite words, and of course, a word of the day. (Free; iOS, Kindle Fire, Android)
Papers, projects and deadlines, oh my! Keeping homework organized can be a task in and of itself. With myHomework, students can keep tabs on every assignment, get reminders for when projects are due and notate when tests are occurring. Similar to the master planners from the days of yore, this digital helper makes sure that a deadline is never missed. (Free; iOS, Kindle Fire, Android, Windows, Chrome)
Although not a mobile app, Anti-Social is a helpful web app that helps turn productivity on by turning all distractions off. Locking your computer from social sites, like Facebook and Twitter, for any predetermined amount of time lets students focus on the work at hand and not the images their friends are posting. ($15; Windows XP, Windows 10, and Macs OS X 10.8-10.11)
It's helpful to have contact information for the parents of the students in your child's class. If you have a print-out of parents' contact information, simply snap a picture with the app and it automatically digitizes everyone's information into a list. You can then group chat, text or email with other parents and keep track of what's going on in the classroom. (Free; iOS, Android)
With Class Messenger, parents and teachers can communicate in a private group setting, share photos, share documents and keep the lines of communication open. Parents can communicate about homework assignments, ask general questions, and even schedule parent-teacher conferences through the app. (Free; iOS, Android)
Maybe your child's homework assignment or science project sparks something that you want to learn about. Lucky for you, there's an app like Khan Academy that gives you access to thousands of hours of high-quality instruction—for free. Khan Academy offers more than 10,000 videos about any subject imaginable and makes you feel like you're in school again—without the homework. (Free; iOS, Android)