You've probably already noticed by the army of backpack donning youth, school is back in session. And with today's students relying upon a growing array of technologies in and out of the classroom, including increasingly mobile devices, there's a vast selection of note taking, assignment scheduling, and organizing apps that have replaced the old fashioned notebook and pen...
Left: iStudiez Pro - Right: Khan Academy
iStudiez Pro - $3
An exclusive for iOS, iStudiez Pro is an all-in-one handy study aid designed to help students stay organized throughout the semester (with notable accolades: 2011 Best College Student App, 2010 Best Young Adults App for iPad, 2010 Best Parenting App for iPad, and 2009 Best App Ever Award Winner in Education category). Students can input their class schedules (including classic or alternating A/B weeks schedules), homework assignments, and even keep track of grades and GPA through a line graph. Students never need worry of falling behind on homework or missing an assignment again while using this app's scheduled reminders and priority lists, all neatly organized in a simple, yet iOS-style interface.
Khan Academy - Free - Also available for Android / Windows Phone
It's important for students to learn how to research, verify, and cite sources while researching an assignment. And when Wikipedia's offerings are too vague or Googling information comes up short, I'd recommend launching the Khan Academy app as another useful research and reference resource. Browse through over 4,200 tutorial videos, covering a staggering range of topics in the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Philosophy, Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, World History, and other academic subjects...and all for free!
Left: Evernote - Right: myHomework Student Planner
Evernote - Free - Also available for iOS / Windows Phone
Evernote is often recommended for work use amongst adults, but this versatile app is also remarkably equipped as a planning and scheduling tool for the tech-savvy student on the go. The cloud-based note system is superb for list and note taking, with a robust set of features such as voice memos for recording lectures, alongside intuitive word processing capabilities, to-do lists, document scanning, notebooks and tag organization, and compatibility with apps like Penultimate and Skitch. Students will certainly benefit being able to access all their stored information seamlessly from browser to tablets to smartphone to desktop app, and more creative types can even organize study groups or group assignments using Evernote for task management with peers.
myHomework Student Planner - Free - Also available for iOS
Juggling academic schedules is daunting enough without the stress of the constant influx of daily assignments and their impending due dates. For students who need a helping hand juggling academic assignment scheduling, homework organizer/student planner myHomework Student Planner simplifies and filters scheduling with an easy to navigate and beautiful interface. Calendars, cloud storage/access, and even a GPS-enabled "find class" feature makes this one of the better Android student apps. Teachers can also use Teachers.io to connect with students by creating a profile, uploading course documents and resources, updating assignment information, and making classroom updates that much easier.
Left: WikiPanda - Right: Advanced English Dictionary
WikiPanda - Free - Equivalent for iOS / Android
Wikipedia's reputation as an ever-evolving online encyclopedia of user-contributed knowledge about anything and everything is well known, and for Windows Phone users WikiPanda is the best way to access this information from an app. The app's easy to navigate interface loads Wikipedia entries quickly and fills the handheld screen for optimized browsing from a small screen. Quickly jump to other parts of an entry by swiping to the sections menu and tap points of interest from the list or backtrack to previous Wiki entries in the recently viewed screen. Researching for a paper from a handheld device has never been easier!
Advanced English Dictionary - Free - Equivalent for iOS / Android
With over 400k words and absolutely free, the Advanced English Dictionary is a comprehensive spelling and definition resource every student should have installed on their device. Pronunciation, definition, in-use examples, and even photos all help detail each word entry. Other features worth noting are the UK / US differentials, inline search, and a thesaurus function for expanding vocabulary, all without the shoulder bending weight of a real world dictionary.
(Images: Jason Rodway; as linked above)