10 back-to-school apps to make your life easier

1. Here Comes the Bus

Here Comes the bus 2Mornings can be a stressful time. Getting ready for work. Getting your kids ready for school. So what if – at least when it came to making sure your kids didn’t miss the bus – you could remove any added stress? No more worrying at the office if they’re standing in the dark, or cold, for an untold amount of time. No more worry if they’ve made it to school safely. And no more worry in the afternoons, wondering if they’ve made it home safe.

Here Comes the Bus is an app that allows parents to view real-time locations of their children’s bus on their smartphone, table or computer. Parents and guardians must register in order to use the application. For details on registering in Knox County click here.

Download: App Store | Google Play

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2. Cozi Family Organizer

Cozi Family OrganizerThere’s nothing stationary about your life, so why depend on a family calendar that hangs on a fridge or wall? Cozi turns all your devices into ultimate family organizers with a shared calendar, shopping lists, to do lists, recipe box, and more everyone can access on the go.

The app can keep everyone’s activities and appointments in one place, create and share shopping lists, and even stores recipe and quickly adds ingredients to your grocery list. Color code each member of your family and insert their appointments, share the calendar and organize your day. Cozi also includes a chore function that allows each family member to check off tasks they’ve accomplished.

Download: App StoreGoogle Play Store

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3. Lala Lunchbox

lala lunchboxThis slick, fun little app helps parents and children plan meals together. LaLa Lunchbox makes the dreaded school lunch duties a little bit easier by letting kids get involved in their lunch and may even get them excited about eating healtheir.

This meal-planning app lets kids select their favorites lunches using monsters, colors, and sounds, and their picks then translate to a grocery list for parents. Options range from fruits and veggies to proteins and snacks. If a particular lunch is a hit, you can save the meal to your library. It also has some fun recipes.

Download: App Store

4. Blackboard

blackboardIf your school uses Blackboard Mobile, the collaborative tool, the Blackboard app is a must have.

Blackboard’s app helps students stay up-to-date on their academic progress and requirements. Students can easily access updates from their activity stream, view course content, and quickly access all of their grades. The majority of the time students spend in Bb Student will be spent on the activity stream, the home screen. It represents a “smart view” of prioritized events and actions, and pushes content to the student.

If your school licenses Mobile Learn, you’ll be able to use the app for free.

5. EasyBib

EasyBibBibliographies can be frustrating, but they didn’t have to be.

EasyBib makes citations easier by allowing you to add citations to your project from your mobile device. It instantly creates citations by scanning book bar codes with your phone’s camera. It also has a search tool for websites.

You can export the bibliographies to email and switch between MLA, APA, Chicago and over 7000 citation styles, including Harvard, ASA, AMA, CSE and ACS formats with one click.

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Download: App Store | Google Play

6. Alarm Clock Plus

alarmclockplusUnlike most alarm apps, Alarm Clock Plus allows you to customize every aspect of your wake-up call—from the song or noise you awaken to, to the length of the snooze. Alarm Clock Plus features five different types of alarms, including a fade-in that slowly gets louder, a Math Alarm that asks you to solve a simple problem as you get out of bed and a customizable music alarm.

The Math Alarm will require a math problem to be solved to dismiss or snooze alarm clock. There are multiple math difficulty levels, and the number of math problems required to be solved can be configured for both snooze and dismiss independently.

Download: App Store | Google Play

7. Khan Academy

khan academyKids can sharpen their skills outside the classroom with this interactive app, which offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and in-depth articles on a variety of school subjects. Great for keeping skills sharp over the summer, prepping for standardized tests, or even for parents looking to brush up on the basics.

It offers over 10,00 videos and explanations at your fingertips in math, science, economics, history and other  subjects. You can bookmark your favorite content and even use it to help study for the SAT, GMAT or MCAT.

Download: App Store | Google Play

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8. StudyBlue

studyblueThis is a great digital flash card app. It allows students to upload, organize and store all of their notes and course materials to make review sheets. They can also quick themselves, track their progress and set study reminders.

It also features an offline mode, which lets you study anywhere. You can also collaborate with your peers, sharing flashcards and getting study materials from others.

Download: App Store | Google Play

9. Duolingo

duolingoIf you’re having trouble with a language, this is a great app. You can learn English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish and Turkish.

The app allows you to practice speaking, reading, listening and writing. It has fun games, starts with the basics and adds new words daily.

Download:  App Store | Google Play,

10. SimpleMind Free

simplemindHaving trouble writing that research paper? Simple Mind is a mind mapping tool that  turns your computer, tablet or phone into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device.

Download:  App Store | Google Play,

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