10 Must-Have Free Back To School Apps

Many students, teachers, and staff are all going to be headed back to school this year with something new: new technology. Whether it’s a laptop, desktop, or mobile device… there’s going to be a big surge in demand for educational apps. Let Edudemic be your trusty guide and check out the following list of helpful educational apps that are perfect for your classroom (whether you’re a teacher or student).

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As you can imagine, there are many more apps that are handy to have so be sure to share your favorite(s) with Edudemic by writing them on the Edudemic Facebook page. Who knows? Edudemic may even give away a few purchases of these apps to some lucky Facebook commenters!

1. Wunderlist

Wunderlist makes it downright simple to organize your daily life. Just create a list and start filling it with things that need to be completed. Keep track of your more important tasks with reminders and notifications. You can even create a new task for Wunderlist straight from your email inbox. Oh, and did we forget to tell you? Its free!

Don’t like working alone? No problem. Invite your friends or colleagues to lend a helping hand: you can share your lists through email, on Facebook, Twitter and on other social media sites. And if you decide you’re tired with all the digital stuff, just print them out a hard copy.

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, your organization can finally come along! When we brought Wunderlist to every major platform in the digital world, we took portability seriously. Task management with Wunderlist is now available on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and on the Web. No matter which version you are using, your tasks and lists will be synchronized.

2. Evernote

Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone, and the web. Snap a photo of a business card with your phone, and have an easy way to store and access contacts.

Keep a notebook of all your recipes and tag them by cuisine or ingredient. Easily pull it up next time you are at the market. Scan receipts or snap a photo of them with your phone. When tax time comes around easily search the text inside images. Clip web pages, maps, and itineraries.

Capture sights, sounds, tastes, and anything else. Keep notes from your classes all in one place. Collaborate on research or share notes on Facebook. Keep a file of anything cool you want to buy for yourself or as a gift, whether it’s online or out in the real world.

3. inClass

inClass, the amazing student organizer, is here to help you survive school. No matter how complex your school schedule is inClass will help you keep track of all your courses and even alert you before class so that you are never late again. Not only that, but it will help you keep track of your tasks by reminding you that one is due soon, so no more procrastination.

On top of everything inClass will even help you take notes way more efficiently than ever before. Video notes, audio notes, photo notes! You name it! Just take out your iPhone or iPod Touch and start taking notes. inClass will even know which class you are in and associate that note to your class!

But wait! There is more! Wanna share your notes? Email the note to another inClass user and he just needs to open it with inClass and boom! The note appears right there! Hassle free!

4. iBooks

You’ll be even more well read once you get your hands on iBooks. Download the iBooks app from the App Store. Load up on books from the iBookstore. Take them to more places than you’d ever take a regular book. And right when you pull one out on your iPad 2, you’ll be pulled right in.

Start with the bookshelf to buy and read your books. With a tap, it flips around to reveal the iBookstore, where you’ll find over 200,000 books and counting — many of them free. View what’s featured on the iBookstore and the New York Times best-seller lists, or browse by title, author, or genre. When you find a book you like, tap to see more details, peruse reviews, even read a free sample. Once you download a book, it appears on your bookshelf. Just tap and dive in.

With most books in iBooks, you can change the text size and the font. Jump to any chapter right from the table of contents. Touch and hold a word to look it up in the built-in dictionary or Wikipedia, or to search for it on the web or inside the book. iBooks works with VoiceOver, the screen reader in iPad, so it can read you the contents of any page. And you can listen to your music while you’re reading. A great song really pulls the story along.

Organize your bookshelf by your collection of books. PDFs — user guides, business proposals, project plans — all go on your bookshelf, too. When someone emails you a PDF, open it in iBooks. Or sync the PDFs on your Mac or PC to your iPad in iTunes. Then go to your bookshelf and tap to open one.

5. Goodreads

Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. We have more than 5,400,000 members who have added more than 170,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in December 2006.

Every once in a while you run into a friend who tells you about this “great new book I’m reading.” And suddenly you’re excited to read it. It’s that kind of excitement that Goodreads is all about.

Most book recommendation websites work by listing random people’s reviews. On Goodreads, when a person adds a book to the site, all their friends can see what they thought of it. It’s common sense. People are more likely to get excited about a book their friend recommends than a suggestion from a stranger. Our members also create trivia about books, lists of the best books, post their own writing and form groups and book clubs.

6. Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual “collection” of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.

Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.

7. VideoScience

Science Class Experiments brought to you by Science House and featuring Science Teacher Dan Menelly, winner of the NSF Einstein Fellowship in Cyberinfrastructure!

These videos are 2 to 3 minutes in length and demonstrate the steps of simple science experiments. The experiments are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages, with very little set-up time and using only low cost materials.

So whether you are a public school teacher, private school teacher, or home school teacher; we hope you use these videos and the many more on our website to ignite the scientific passion in your kids.

8. Smithsonian

More than museums, so much more! Stay connected with Smithsonian Channel’s original series, documentaries and fun facts — on the go, anytime, anywhere with the Smithsonian Channel app for iPhone and iPod Touch. View full episodes and hundreds of video clips of your favorite Smithsonian Channel programs. Check the schedule for what’s on tonight, tomorrow or next week.

Smithsonian Channel explores the history of our planet, life and culture, with 100% original, family-friendly programming. From the origins of the universe to the deaths of civilizations, from upscale design awards to down-home chili cook-offs, we tackle subjects as diverse and limitless as the landscape we cover.

Discover what’s happening on Smithsonian Channel and around our world with amazing stories inspired by the largest museum complex and research organization in the world.

9. HowStuffWorks

Are you one of the millions of fans of HowStuffWorks.com, our podcasts, our videos, our superstar experts? With the new HowStuffWorks App, you will finally have access to over 30,000 articles, podcasts and videos all in one place!

The HowStuffWorks app not only gives you instant access to a massive collection of articles and podcasts right on your iPhone or iPod Touch, but also you gives you direct access to our famous podcasters and HowStuffWorks experts! Tweet with the HowStuffWorks crew while you listen!

Stream our amazing popular podcasts while reading any article in the app — or chat directly with the podcasters — even read their newest blog posts. Want to get a new episode ASAP? Set up a push notification and you’ll instantly be the first in the know! All 2,000+ of these great shows are now immediately available in the new HowStuffWorks app!

10. Merriam-Webster Dictionary

In addition to all the definitions from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the app offers voice search – to let you look up a word without having to spell it – along with an integrated thesaurus, example sentences, Word of the Day, Favorites, and more.

A great tool for reference, education, and vocabulary building.

The app is free, and supported by ads.


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  2. Roderic Rinehart

    September 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Don't forget Springpad, which is a serious contender to both Evernote and Wunderlist, as well as Dictionary.com, which offers a superior range of services to other dictionary sites.

  3. Kalin

    September 23, 2011 at 1:57 am

    If time is money you’ve made me a wetalehir woman.

  4. natalya

    January 9, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Classmates contact list (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/class-mates/id479191389?mt=8) is also a free and handy app for iPhone and iPad. The the app site: http://classmates.compikid.com/