Back to school apps

With summer coming to a close, students of all ages are headed back to school.

Here are some apps to help them bring their A-game to the classroom.

Mr. Edison

$2.99 for iPad


Screenshot from Mr Edison

A family from Elmhurst, Ill.,  created this  educational app as a result of their daughter’s kindergarten school project of the same name. Mr. Edison is a cute little monkey who walks the user through educational games that go over spelling, sentence building, addition and more. The app is best for kindergarten-aged children, and seems like it would be great for special needs children. The games are fun, the graphics are beautiful and the app is easy to use.

Frog Dissection 

$3.99 for iOs and $5.99 for Android

Do you have a child you doesn’t want to cut open a frog in class? This app might be the perfect workaround. It has step-by-step instructions on how to dissect a frog, and the 3D images make the experience very realistic (without that awful smell!) I wish this app was available when I was in middle school.

gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests

Free for iOs and Android

No more paper cuts or killing trees — you can keep all of your flashcards in this handy app! You can import your flashcards from a Google Doc or Excel spreadsheet, or create them right in the app. You can even use photos, audio or video files instead of  a word or description. The app will also generate multiple choice answers and tests for you using your flashcards.


Free for iOs and Android

As an English major in college, I would have LOVED this app! This free app has the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including doubtful works, according to the app’s creators.) You can also search the bard’s complete works for a specific word or phrase with this app.

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