Smart phones and tablets have become an integral part of our everyday lives. While many parents associate technology with social media – and wasting time – there are a number of ways that students can use their phones and tablets to maximize learning and productivity.
While finding apps for fun can be easy, finding good educational apps can be more difficult. From note taking aids to subject-specific content, the following are some of the best education apps for middle school students.
Evernote is a notetaking app that can help students with various learning styles take notes in class. Notes can be taken in a variety of formats including text, audio, video, photo, and even sketches. Notes sync across devices and can be shared for real-time collaboration with classmates. Paper notes can also be inputted into the app using cameras.
- myHomework Student Planner
This digital planner helps students manage homework, projects, assignments, and tests for different classes. Calendars can be viewed in daily, weekly, or monthly form, and push notifications can keep students from missing deadlines.
Quizlet is a digital flashcard app that allows students to create their own flashcards and study tools. Likewise, students can share and download stacks created by others.
Whether your child wants more practice in the language they take at school or is interested in learning a second language on their own, Duolingo introduces basic vocabulary, phrases, and grammar. Mini-games and progress trackers help keep children’s interest as they work through lessons. Current languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.
- iTooch Middle School
iTooch is a comprehensive resource for students to receive additional practice in math and language arts. With more than 10,000 exercises for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, students can practice skills they are learning in school on the go. The app itself is free with subject areas available for an additional $5.99, less than the cost of a standard workbook.
- Story Starters Pro
For students interested in creative writing, Story Starters Pro provides a nearly limitless number of interesting prompts.
EarthViewer allows students to view and explore over 4.5 billion years of history on Earth. The research-based app includes interactive features, clickable details, in-depth maps, and engaging animations.
- Swift Playgrounds
This iPad-only app teaches students the programming language Swift, which Apple itself uses to create their apps. This user-friendly app offers easy-to-follow instructions for beginners, a glossary of coding terms, a variety of levels, and is completely free!