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BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) – School has started, and so has the school work! Tech Tuesday shows you which apps and websites are the best to help your student!
The following is tech expert David Powell’s write-up on this topic:
Tech Tuesday: Back to School Part 2- Apps for School
Last week, we talked about BYOD and how most schools are embracing students bringing their own devices to school. This week, let’s look at some applications to put on those devices that would benefit the student. Let’s explore:
* Evernote- Evernote is my personal favorite note taking tool. It allows you to take notes and syncs them across all your devices. You can also attach photos to the note or take a recording. So, if the teacher was explaining something complex and writing it on the board, you could record that, with their permission, to watch later. Evernote is free.
* Graphing calculator- this year, we had to buy a graphing calculator for my son’s class. It was $130. Ouch. Roughly 1/4 the cost of an iPad for a calculator! If your teacher hasn’t requested a specific one like, you can simply load one of the many graphing calculator apps on your tablet and get the same functionality. Most of these apps are .99 and available in all the app stores on both Apple and Android.
However, the best “apps” are also websites and I can’t really emphasize enough how valuable these two are.
* Quizlet- this is an online study site that also has an app. It will allow you to make/create flashcards to study with and then share them with your friends. So, if my son makes flashcards for his Latin class, he can share those with his other friends that are also studying. It has spelling tests and quizzes as well. You can also sort through all the content that other people have created and study that. So, it is a community of studying where you can share information around and test yourself to make sure you have mastery of your subject. Very, very cool.
* Khan Academy- we did an entire Tech Tuesday on this about a year and a half ago and I’m still amazed by it. The guy that started this site got three degrees, two from Harvard and one from MIT, simultaneously and created site to teach people. It really is amazing. You can search for just about any subject and get a series of lessons that are presented in a very easy to understand way. Some small schools in rural areas, maybe that can’t afford a physics teacher, use Khan Academy to actually teach the subject. It is awesome. We send our kids in before a test to refresh themselves on the material on Khan Academy. If you are a parent and you are intimidated trying to remember how to calculate the area of a triangle helping your kids with homework, send them to Khan Academy. Awesome and free!!
Hopefully, your kids are now all set for school with some cool devices and great learning tools at their fingertips!