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Apps for High School Students: Productivity

This is the third installment of our Apps for High School Students series here on the blog. Today we are sharing a few great apps for Productivity. This is a really important topic for high school students, and one that maybe doesn’t get enough attention.

Being productive and exercising good time management are crucial to being successful in school, especially once you get to college. Mastering these skills becomes even more important when you enter the workforce. Usually, there’s no one telling you how to do your work or when or how much time to spend on it, all of that responsibility falls on you (the student)!

The apps we are going to share with you today can help you practice these skills as you are working through your high school career or heading into your college years.

myHomework
myHomework is a FREE app for iPhone and iPad that provides a place to keep track of homework assignments, so you never forget another assignment! The app includes a calendar where you can see when assignments are due, a class schedule where you can store all the information for your classes, and a web-companion where you can sync and view your assignments.

 

 

iStudiez Pro
iStudiez Pro is an iPhone and iPad app that offers many of the same features of myHomework (above) but also offers much much more! This app is a great way to organize your entire life. Keep track of class schedules, assignments, grades, and push notifications to let you know of upcoming tasks that are due or events that are scheduled. For a limited time, get this robust app for only 99¢!

 

 

Promodoro
Promodoro is a great app for keeping track of time and making the most of your time! This app is a complement to the Pomodoro Technique of time management which suggests making a list of your tasks to be completed, tackling them one at a time for 25 minute blocks of time only. After working on a task for 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break! After 4 25 minute periods (Pomodoros) take a longer break. This app includes not only a Pomodoro timer, but a task list and stats sheet as well. See if you can beat yesterday’s productivity by completing more pomodoros today! This would be great for students learning how to better manage their time and is great for encouraging breaks when working – which is so important!

 

Evernote
Any student who doesn’t yet know about the power of Evernote, you need to download this app now! Evernote is an amazing and simple note-taking app. However, it’s so much more than that! You can add web clips, photos, and voice reminders. Then, share your notebook with other people you may want to collaborate with on a project or keep it to yourself. Either way, you can access your Evernote account across multiple devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.) and on the web, which is nice because you can get access to all your important notes no matter where you are! There are other great apps, products, and services that integrate with Evernote to make the experience even better – including LiveScribe pens! Perhaps best of all, Evernote – and it’s apps – are all completely FREE!

 

We hope you will try some of these recommendations this year to help you be more productive and practice good time management. If you have any other suggestions for Productivity apps for students, we would love to hear about them – Share them in the Comments!

 

*This post is the 3rd in the series: Apps for High School Students. You can read the other posts here:
Apps for High School Students: Seniors
Apps for High School Students: Studying

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Apps for High School Students: Seniors

Senior year is a very important year, however it can be very stressful for students. Here are a few apps that might help to make a students senior year a little easier.

 

MyMajors

MyMajors is an app that’s available for iPhone and iPad for free. This app allows you to search through various college majors to help you choose which one is the best fit for you. After you’ve chosen a major, the app generates a list of schools that offer that major and fit any criteria that you’ve set. This app is perfect for students who aren’t sure what they want to study, or where they want to go to school.

 

 

ACT College Search

This free app is perfect for students who are looking for a college to attend. With this app you can narrow down your school choices based on state, major, size, and more. When you find a school that stands out to you or a school that you like, you can add it to your “favorites” so that you can remember to research more about that school. This app is sure to help you find a college that’s a good fit for you!

 

 

College FAFSA Finder

This iPad app is available for free in the iTunes store, and it’s sure to be a big help to a lot of students! FAFSA is the way that students are able to get financial aid for college, this app helps you to not only search for colleges, but also FAFSA opportunities. This is definitely something that will help all high school seniors!

 

 

Do you have any other apps that you think would be good for high school seniors? Let us know!

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Apps for High School Students: Studying

FlashCards++

This app is perfect for studying, for all ages! It’s available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for just $3.99. With this app you’re able to create cards on your device by using text and images from various files and websites. There are a lot of cool features within the app, one of them being Text-to-speech, which allows you to listen to vocabulary and learn correct pronunciation. This app is sure to come in handy for students throughout the school year.

 

Evernote Peek

This app is available for free for the iPad.  This app was designed for the iPad 2 Smart Cover. And no worries, if you don’t have a Smart Cover, there are virtual covers available within the app. In order to study, you choose a note from your Evernote pad, and the app tests you based on the information within that note. To see the clue, you peek under the Smart Cover, and then you lift the entire cover to view the whole answer. This app is perfect for studying, no matter what age! Be sure to check this one out!

 

Study Tracker

Having trouble getting your kids to study? This is sure to help solve your problem! With Study Tracker, your student is able to track the amount of time that they study for each subject, and they’re able to compete with other kids to see who studies the most and gets the best grades. And as their study habits improve, there are badges they can unlock. This app is a fun and interesting way to keep track of studying, and I’m sure your kids will love it!

 

 

Do you or your kids have any apps that you use to study? Let us know!

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Our Latest Venture: APPlied

As you may have figured out by now, Shawn and I are quite passionate about technology, in general, and mobile technology, specifically. Today we are pleased to announce a new venture we are embarking on called the APPlied group.

This is a club that we are forming at our high school alma mater for current students interested in technology and developing mobile applications. Shawn has been in talks with the principal at our high school, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, for quite a while now trying to come up with ideas for ways that we can help them technologically. For example, creating an app for the school, helping them start a technology club, a robotics club, and the list goes on a little longer than that.

In September, we attended the 360iDev Conference in Denver. After a few discussions that took place over the course of that week, I returned home enthusiastic about helping young people learn about possible careers that they can have related to technology and mobile development, particularly young women. Having a 16 year old sister beginning her college search, who is particularly adept at various forms of technology, this hits close to home. I want to find ways to show her (and other girls) how many choices they have when it comes to working in a technology related field.

Once Shawn knew I was on board, we pitched our idea of starting and leading a technology club at PHSCFA to the principal. He loved our idea and agreed to support our new venture. So we set off thinking about the scope of the project and what we wanted to cover with these students. Then, it came across the desk of the principal that the county was to be sponsoring a game development contest called Project LiVE (Learning in Virtual Environments). Needless to say, this was a perfect opportunity for us! It was just in time for us to develop some ideas for content related to app development and to be able to help the students actually develop a game throughout the course of the year.

We are totally excited about this opportunity and meeting some of the students and staff at PHSCFA. We have our first meeting on Monday afternoon and you can definitely expect to hear more about this as we go through the process and work with the students.

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