Top Apps to Foster Academic Success

This post is in partnership with U.S. Cellular.  All opinions are my own.

Back to school has changed a lot since I was in school.  Now, a lot of kids are getting their first cell phone at the beginning of the school year.  And with that first cell phone – or any type of device – comes a lot of responsibility for the child.  U.S. Cellular makes it easy to start the conversation with their Parent-Child Agreement.

When we give our children this type of technology we want to make sure that there are rules in place.  Making sure that those rules are clearly laid out and agreed upon is important.  Technology is most definitely a privilege and should be treated that way by everyone involved.


A recent U.S. Cellular survey found that 58% of parents have children with a cell phone, and the average age children are getting their own cell phone is 11.1

The opportunity to use technology to do research in the classroom, as well as collaborate with other students on projects, is an amazing advance that I wish I had had growing up.  Allowing our children to help the process of education evolve with the use of technology is important for their future, and for ours as well.

According to a recent report by Common Sense Media, 94% of parents agreed that technology positively supports their children with schoolwork and education.2

Giving your child the latest technology, can be an amazing help when it comes to learning for the new year.  I know as a parent I want to give my children all the tools they need to be successful, and technology is a bit part of that equation.

These are some amazing apps available to help your kids’ foster academic success for this coming school year.

Wolfram|Alpha ($2.99) – a useful app for homework of any kind.  With U.S. Cellular’s fast, high-quality network and nationwide coverage, it can be easily accessed from anywhere, anytime.  Use it to gather in-depth information on grammar concepts, historical figures, and math equations.


Photomath – a free camera calculator that is designed to virtually show your student the step-by-step process of working out difficult math problems.  This will be amazingly helpful for my kids who are not as excited about showing their work as I am.  The app will scan a picture of the question, detail each step to solve the equation and then provide the answer so the student can check their work.


Ready4ACT – if you have a student looking for test prep, this app is great.  It is a study app that prepares students in their final years of high school for the ACT test.  It has practice problems and mock exams that you can do right on your iPhone 7.


And finally one for the teachers – ClassDojo – This is a classroom manager that is used in 90% of K-8 classrooms in the United States.  It helps to connect students, teachers, and parents in a classroom community.3  It manages participation and rewards and even allows teachers to share community moments with the parents.

Do you have a favorite app that your child uses to foster academic success?

¹ Between Nov. 10-17, 2016, a total of 701 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX.
2 The Common Sense Media Report is based on a nationally representative survey of 1,786 parents of children age 8 to 18 living in the United States that was conducted from July 8, 2016, to July 25, 2016 by GfK.
3 According to ClassDojo.com.

21 comments:

  1. I actually am against phones being used in the classroom. My teenage daughter, who started college this year, all four years of highschool they actually required them to have a phone in class. They would use them to snap photos of stuff the teacher wrote on the board, or instead of making enough copies for the whole class, there would be a master copy that the students would have to take a photo of on the way out the door that had their homework.

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  2. My kids are both under 2 right now so they won't be needing this yet, and I'm sure by the time they get there everything will have changed again, but it's so interesting to watch how technology in the classroom moves so quickly.

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  3. My kids didn't get smart phones until they graduated from high school. Yes, I am one of "those Moms". So we did not have the opportunity to find a favorite app for learning.

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  4. Your post is right on! With kids nowadays having smart phones much earlier in age I am glad there are some helpful learning apps out there. I remember when I studied for my PMP exam I was happy that there were free apps that helped me study. There is some positivity in this.

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  5. I would have loved having technology like this as a kid. There are downsides to kids having phones like non-stop texting and abuse of social media. But this creates an opportunity for kids to use their phones for good uses. I think that's great!

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  6. These apps are super awesome. I am going to check these out with my kiddos.

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  7. You're right, we are in the age of technology and it would be nice to use it to our advantage. I love that there are apps that help with education, that's really important for me especially since I'm a teacher.

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  8. Yes I definitely agree with that. Me and my hubby are really talking about this and we also agree to set some rules about gadgets.

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  9. I wish they would have had stuff like this when I was in school. I think technology, when properly monitored, is a great way to help kids learn.

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  10. My daughter just started college yesterday. These apps would be really helpful for her.

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  11. My son started school this week and we are already using apps on devices to help with learning! These are going to be on my list too!

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  12. Thank for sharing those apps. I visit a lot of schools in my day job and I love sharing new technology with the teachers.

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  13. My daughter's teacher used Class Dojo last year and I really liked it. I think it would be more efficient if she didn't also email everything out, but I don't know that all of the other parents were on board.

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  14. These days we can rely on technology for everything. It's nice to take advantage of these apps, especially since they're for the improvement of our children's education.

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  15. These would be great for my oldest when he probably hits middle school and then high school. It's great they have these apps for parents and kids to utilize.

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  16. Letting your kids have a phone even as early as 11 is great as long as they don't just use it to text with their friends or go on social media. Technology offers so many great opportunities to connect with apps that can help you make the grades.

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  17. Perfect article at perfect timing. I am always researching apps like these for my 8 and 6 year old. Thanks for sharing. I am definitely going to dig deeper on the ones you have suggested. Thanks for sharing.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  18. My kids are 6 & 8 and a lot of their friends have phones already! I think 11 is a good age. I will have to check out these apps on my own phone for the kids.

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  19. I haven't heard of any of these! I would love to check them out. I'm all about anything to make it a bit easier for parents and kids.

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  20. My daughter goes to a very academically challenging school. They are very helpful with organization skills but every child has a system that works best for them. Some of these might be great for my eight year old daughter.

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  21. Photomath is one of my favorite educational apps, but I don't think I ever heard of the other ones before, though. I'll have to check them out for sure!

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