iPods and other handheld devices have made school life really easy for high school students. While this age of convenience may have drawbacks, for the most part, it’s really helpful, and enhances education. So what are the best apps for high school students? What apps should no student go without this year? Read on to find out.
The first best app for high schoolers to have is Simplenote. Simplenote is a very easy (and free to download) app that lets you keep all of your important information close by. Since it’s accessible online as well as on your handheld device, you can edit your notes on the go, or even on a school computer. If you don’t like carrying a paper notebook with you, Simplenote is a handy and environmentally friendly way to take notes.
Graphing calculators can be ridiculously expensive. They are needed at school, but can also be a giant waste of money, especially for students who aren’t even trying to get an education that’s math centric. Luckily, there’s an app for that to be found for either iphone or android. It does the same things as your calculator would, and it’s also environmentally friendly and easy to carry around, provided you already have your handheld device on you. Definitely a great app to have.
If you’re not too interested in math, and are more of a theater or literature student, then try downloading Shakespeare. This free app for the iphone, ipad, or ipod touch contains 41 plays and 154 sonnets penned by Shakespeare. The best part? If you get stuck on a word, you can simply tap it, and the app breaks it down for you. If you love Shakespeare (or if you’re confused by his writing), you should download this app. It will be a big help in your classes. While the same app is still in beta version for the android users, there’s also Shakespeare Complete Works available for android users.
World Atlas is a great app for students who don’t want to carry an atlas with them to class. While there are similar apps for the iphone and the android devices, due to different developers the price varies, but is still extemely inexpensive when you compare to the cost of a bound book version. The best part is, you can carry it around with you with no extra weight in your backpack. This app is ideal for a history student who doesn’t want to carry a big map around with them.
Last but certainly not least, for iphone and ipad users there’s Wikipanion. This program was made as a companion to Wikipedia. It’s absolutely free, and you can easily access Wikipedia anytime you need to. A great feature this app has is you can bookmark pages, or even sections of pages, if you need to. Most teachers don’t like it when you reference Wikipedia for a paper, but if you’re just checking a statistic or fact, it shouldn’t be a big problem. For the android user there’s the Wiki Encyclopedia app designed to work with your smart phone.
High school students want convenience, and most of them have a smartphone or tablet. What better way to use these products than for education? Most educational apps are free or inexpensive, so it won’t burden your wallet. Next time you’re having a problem in school, look for an app that will help you – chances are, there is one that will suit your needs.
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Paula Foster is a school district administrator and guest author at Top Education Degrees, where you can her latest article.