6 Must Have Back to School Apps

You’ve likely noticed that I like sharing lists of educational apps and websites.  There’s been these types of lists from the early days of this blog and I’ll be posting some new ones soon.  Most of these come from blogs and publications geared specifically to educators.

When general publications, such as the venerable Time Magazine, list “must have” educational apps, I’m especially interested.  Lists like this one give valuable insight into what the “media taste makers” deem as important.

Here’s what Time thinks American parents and students need for Back to School 2015:

Brainscape

DuoLingo

EasyBib

iHomework

Khan Academy

Here Comes the Bus

Note: I’ve not hyperlinked these apps as the Time article does this for iOS and Android versions.

The last app made my eyebrows rise as it sounds like a great pacifier for over anxious parents like me who wonder “where’s the bus?”

Here’s their promotional video:

Wondering If You Should Upgrade Your iPad to iOS 8.1?

The students at our school now have the option to upgrade to iOS 8.1 and we have the option to do so as well.

Are the benefits of it worth the hassle of clearing a significant chunk of memory and then taking the time for the download and installation?  And will it make the iPad2 run more slowly?

Here’s a useful article which describes and shows the differences between iOS 7 and iOS 8.1 so you can decide whether to take the (irreversible) plunge:

iOS 8 vs. iOS 7

Perhaps this conclusion will be helpful:

Should You Install iOS 8.1.1 on the iPad 2?

If you are already on iOS 8 or iOS 8.1, you should install iOS 8.1.1 on the iPad 2 today. For most users there is a benefit with slightly better performance and the overall experience is much better for a vocal group of users.

Still, it’s not a magical update. If you are still on iOS 7.1.2 you should stay on that update for now based on several user reviews.

If you are on iOS 7 and really want an iOS 8 feature on your iPad 2, this is the update to jump to, but for the most part staying on iOS 7.1.2 is a safer option.

From: Gotta Be Mobile

Wondering about when iOS 9 is likely to come along?

iOS 9 Rumors

You’ll note in this article that iOS 9 is likely to not be compatible with the iPad2!