When I was a kid, moving from, say, kindergarten to first grade or from middle school to high school was no big deal. I was lucky to get a polite wave from my former teachers. But nowadays, it seems like there is a “graduation” ceremony for every schooling change, from pre-school to doctorate degrees. And, as spring turns into summer, most students from age 5 to 105 have graduated already, but they may be wondering what apps are available to help them in their transitions to the next phase in life. Well, luckily, I have compiled a list of the best apps for graduates of all ages:
Kindergarten Grads: To build socialization, creativity, word and art skills, check out StoryLines for Schools. The game allows for three to nine players to collaborate in a “Telephone” style game that involves vocabulary and drawing. Choose a vocabulary word and draw it. The next player tries to guess the word from that picture, and the next player draws a picture of that new phrase. Pass it around the circle and see what you come up with. It’s fun and funny, and helps with building vocabulary and drawing skills.
Elementary School Grads: Let’s face it, one of the biggest challenges facing middle school students these days is the threat of bullying. It exists in the hallways, the cafeteria and on the Internet. There are a host of good anti-bullying apps out there, some that promote awareness or allow students to report bullying, and some that are there to help build esteem and lower anxiety. One of the best in the latter category is Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are. Based on a series of books and graphic novels, the app takes students through thought-provoking scenarios and helps them deal with their emotions and promotes discussion afterward. There is no surefire way to solve the bullying problem, but this is a useful tool for any student.
Middle School Grads: As your parents and teachers love to remind you, once you hit high school, it’s already time to start thinking about college. And, since the material covered on the SAT is mostly drawn from the first two years of high school and earlier, it is never too early to start prepping for that test. There are, of course, a host of SAT prep apps available, some of which focus on math, others on reading or writing. Some try to make test prep fun and others are all business. One of the best is from a trusted name in SAT prep and helps students by giving them lots and lots of practice problems, which is one of the best ways to learn the tricks and traps of the test. It’s SAT Score Quest by The Princeton Review and it’s just like taking the test, except you don’t have to worry about your pencil breaking or the proctor who is coughing up a lung while you are trying to concentrate.
High School Grads: If you are headed to college, you are probably already prepared academically. But you might not be ready for the challenges of planning your time, balancing work and your social life and just trying to deal with being on your own for the first time. Well, thankfully, there’s an app for that. iStudiez is an app designed to help you keep your life organized. It helps you manage homework and assignments, which you can sort by date, course or priority. It lets you plan and manage your long term courses and classes, factoring in locations, instructor info, grading and more. You can track your grades with it, and even sync it to your existing calendars over multiple devices. My old social studies teacher said that organization is the key to everything and, if so, this app is the key to organization.
College Grads: You need a job, don’t you? Well, check out the Indeed.com job search app. Search by location, job descriptions and titles, with access to websites and job boards across the Internet. The market can be tough, so you need all the tools you can find, and this app is a great way to start hunting for the perfect job for you.
Advanced Degree Grads: Come on now, you’d just completed 17+ years of schooling. Time to relax. Fire a few Angry Birds at some pigs already!
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey