August 21, 2021

By Burton Kelso
The Technology Expert

Back to school will almost be back to normal this school year.

It doesn’t matter if your kids are taking classes in person or virtually, it can be tough for parents to stay organized and help kids keep track of assignments. Students often have a difficult time with their class load. Thankfully technology can help parents and students alike stay on top of things this school year. Here are some useful apps that will help keep your family on track this school year.

Acellus Academy. If you’re looking to home-school your kids this year and don’t want to worry about lesson plans, turn to Acellus. They offer Kindergarten through senior year accredited online learning program. Your student can take lessons for a Windows or Macintosh computer as well as Android and Apple devices. There’s a parent mode, that allows you to easily check in on their progress. (

Kahn Academy. The Kahn Academy promises free education for everyone. Parents can use this as a home school tool and students can use this resource to look up answers to homework assignments. (

Cozi Calendar App. This free family organizer app allows family members to keep track of their schedules. Each family member has their own calendar which they can share with everyone. It also works with every device. Windows and Macintosh computers and for folks who like to be mobile with their iPhone and Android smart devices. (

Socratic. With all of the classes your students have this school year, it can be hard to keep up with and find answers to assignments. This app uses your camera phone or tablet along with Google search to find the answers to your questions for any subject you are taking in school. (

BusyKid. If you’re a parent who needs to keep up with the chores and assignments your kids should complete, check out this free app that allows you to create a schedule for your child, like setting up chores and assignments that need to be done by the end of the day. More than just a scheduling app, this app teaches your kid the value of earning money and saving money. (

Grammarly. This article with no spelling and grammatical errors comes courtesy of Grammarly. This helpful tool will scan your documents for common grammatical mistakes. It works with just about any web-based document creation tool such as Google Docs as well as Microsoft Word. (

myHomework. Keeping up with homework was always a problem with me, but your kids have no excuses with this app. It works on computers and smart devices alike to ensure your student knows what assignments are due. This app is super easy to use. (

LaLa Lunchbox. You don’t have to worry about what your kids are taking for lunch this year. This app helps you plan healthy and easy lunches for your kids. If your child has special diet needs, this app can help with that as well. It will even keep a list of items you need to purchase at the store to prepare lunch. (

I hope this list of apps will help you and your family stay organized and stress-free this year. I’m curious to know what apps you use to help you make it through the school year. Drop me a line and let me know.

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