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Chicagoland students head back to school

The summer has come and gone for Chicago area students.

CPS students head back on Monday August 26th.  Classes will resume at Chicago Public Schools for the first time since the school board voted to close and consolidate 50 programs in the city.

Students in the suburbs have their varying first days.

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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.

Johanna Cook

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Know Your School Rules:
Students should check with their school beforehand to learn about the specific rules and regulations of their on-campus housing. This will help make sure they don’t spend money on things their school won’t allow or things that may be provided

Use a Checklist:
College shoppers should use a checklist to stay organized and on budget whether living on or off-campus. We offer a checklist for dorms and off-campus apartments that can be found in all stores and online at

Roommate Connection:
Students should reach out to their roommates before they shop to decide who is bringing what so they avoid bringing (and buying) duplicates.

Build a Better Bed:
Dorm room mattresses typically offer little support; build a better bed by adding a layer of comfort with a memory foam topper or fiber bed. Bring a mattress protector like the Allergy Luxe® Bed Bug Mattress Protector. Many college and university dorms have twin extra long (TXL) mattresses – make sure students know which theirs has before selecting their bedding to avoid return trips to the store.

Small Space Survival:
Students will have a lot less space in the dorms and will have to share it too. Luckily, there are some great ways to create more room by using storage and organizational items under the bed, over the door and in the closet.  Over-the-door is a great place to maximize space with a mirror, shoe rack, cap storage, an extra closet rod or hamper.

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