Turn your smartphone or tablet into command central with everything you need to plan, prep, and navigate your kid's year. The best part? These great apps for Apple and Android devices are all free!
Need a refresher course in math, English, and other subjects? School A to Z helps you answer your student's homework head-scratchers and gives project suggestions on a variety of topics.
Nifty Note Taker
Nifty Note Taker
Evernote offers quick ways to manage your growing to-do list: Record a voice note on the go for your partner or type up some tasks for your kids. Everyone has access to the notes on any of your family's devices.
Whether you're looking for lunch ideas or something you can whip up fast,allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner can help with its more than 40,000 options.
Designed for older students, inClass is great for parents who want to stay on top of all of their kids' assignments, due dates, and the other things that take up the school year. (Apple only)
KinderTown's team of parents and educators picks educational apps by age and subject so you don't have to. (Apple only)
Get ready for the onslaught of adorable construction paper creations with this free app that helps you preserve their creativity without keeping around the clutter. The Artkive keeps images of all the artwork stored on their secure cloud service, and if you prefer a less-digital way to enjoy them, you can even order your favorites in fancy hardcover books, mugs and more.
No more 3 x 5 cards! Quizlet lets you make your very own virtual flashcards to make study sessions with your child easier, or pick from millions of options. When your child's done studying, she can switch to "test" mode to make sure she'll ace the quiz. Available for both iOS and Android.
Can't keep your moles and molts straight? This iOS app features extended definitions of a huge number of scientific terms, along with links out to additional info, if a topic piques your child's interest.
End backpack overload with this free Android and iOS app. Take a "shelfie" picture of your current bookshelf, and you may be able to score free or significantly discounted digital versions of your child's required reading list.
MIT built this free app for kids ages 6 to 8 to introduce them to the basics of coding. Kids snap together blocks to help the characters move, dance, and sing as part of interactive stories and games. For iPads or Android tablets only.
If your child's taking on the Bard, this simple program offers his entire works, a search function so you can find where certain sayings appear—and most importantly, a glossary that defines all those archaic words that pop up in his plays and sonnets.
Never miss a homework assignment or have a panicked project all-nighter with this simple-to-use app that tracks and prioritizes assignments, tests and more. If your child's tech-friendly teacher uses the companion site, Teachers.io, assignments can even appear automatically in your child's feed.