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5 Back to School Apps Every Student Should Download

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Hey, students of all ages! Happy with whatever back-to-school gadgetry you obtained/finagled out of family members? Now put it to good use. Here are some apps to make sure that your new devices are good for more than just study breaks.

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Remind

Classroom communication using phones doesn’t always need to be of the sort that lands you in detention. Remind is a platform that can be used by teachers, parents, and students to keep in touch inside and outside the classroom. Teachers can send reminders to students or notices to parents, along with homework assignments and extra study material. Students can ask teachers questions outside of class, or get clarification about assignments. It’s basically a text messaging app for educational use, which is great, because all communication is handled by the app—no need for phone numbers.

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OneNote

There are lots of reasons to check out Microsoft’s OneNote, a comprehensive note-taking app for Android and iOS devices. Android tablet owners recently got even more reasons to give OneNote a try, thanks to a new, tablet-optimized update. In addition to UI improvements, the new OneNote for Android Tablets now has support for handwriting, so you can scribble over any images, documents, or web pages that you can load in OneNote. Best of all, thanks to the digitizer in your tablet, your scrawlings will be rendered legible.

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FlikNote

Man, you remember Facebook Graffiti? Back when Facebook was full of cool fun stuff and not endless waves of BuzzFeed listicles and infuriating autoplay videos, which are horrible no matter what because autoplay is inherently awful, getting Facebook Graffiti on your wall from one of your artistically-gifted friends (or not, whatever) was something that made Facebook worth coming to. You even got to see the drawing process in full! Well, Facebook Graffiti has been relegated to the world of Facebook apps, never to be heard from again, but a new app is bringing back the spirit. FlikNote lets you share notes and drawings with friends, letting them see the whole creation process. It’s the 21st century way to send notes in class, except the teacher can’t intercept the note and read it to the entire class.

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 First Day of School

An app for students preparing for their literal first day of school, this storybook app features Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter. Little Critter is gearing up for his academic debut, and kids ages two to five can follow along with this story, featuring highlighted narration and interactive words and pictures that help build vocabulary. Kids or parents can record their own narration of the story, great for if parents want to add a new twist on read stories to their kids. There are also a couple of mini-games at the end to keep kids interested. At $0.99, it’s an inexpensive way to get the little ones ready for their own first day of school.

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CourseNotes

CourseNotes is aiming to be the last word in note taking for iOS devices. While you’re taking notes in class, you can simultaneously record the lecture, then organize both audio and text files by class and session. Add in printing, rich text editing, a to-do list, and automatic iCloud syncing, and you’ve got one of the best ways to keep notes organized, so you can actually go back and read them for once.