Best iPhone (iOS) Apps for Students

Today, my 9th graders were working in the library on their research papers. I had put a slew of books on reserve to ensure that all of the students would have access to them. However, this also meant that the students could not check them out of the library to use at home. One of the students was lamenting how many photocopies she would have to make and I suggest that she use her iPhone to take pictures of the pages using an iPhone Scanner App (Genius Scan – PDF). She quickly downloaded it and was thrilled with what she could do with it – especially that she could sync it with her DropBox account. She then mentioned that I ought to write a blog post about the best iPhone Apps for students. So, due to a student request, here it is (PS – most of the time, there is an Android equivalent).

DropBox (Free) – DropBox is by far the single best and most useful application for students. It allows you to sync files across devices – invaluable if you’re always on the go. You get 2GB of storage for free (more than enough for documents). If you join from this link, you’ll get an extra 250MB for free.

Genius Scan + – PDF Scanner ($2.99) – this allows you to turn your iPhone into a pocket scanner and upload documents to DropBox, Evernote, and Google Docs! If you’re in the library a lot and paying your life savings to the copy machine, this can save your sanity and your checkbook. With PDFs, you can even annotate and highlight. There is a free version, but doesn’t have the same syncing option.

Evernote (Free and Paid Options) – Evernote allows you to organize all of your notes via a collective database. You can clip articles, record receipts, leave yourself voice notes, etc. It’s so flexible, that you can adapt it to practically any environment.

Instapaper ($4.99) – allows you to download and save websites for offline reading. So, if you have a lengthy Wikipedia article, to read, simply select to “Read it Later.”

Pages ($9.99) – Apple’s word processing application in iOS form. With the new release of iCloud, you can now access your documents on all of your devices. Great little device for carrying your projects with you, editing, and creating.

Numbers ($9.99) – Apple’s spreadsheet application in iOS form. With the new release of iCloud, you can now access your documents on all of your devices. Great little device for carrying your projects with you, editing, and creating.

Keynote ($9.99) – Apple’s presentation application in iOS form. With the new release of iCloud, you can now access your documents on all of your devices. Great little device for carrying your projects with you, editing, and creating.

Mindmeister (Free & Paid Plans) – Amazing mind-mapping software. Great for outlining and collaborating.

TED (Free) – Catalogue of Ted-X talks.

Google Translate (Free) – Great tool for quick, on-the-go translations. You can even speak phrases!

Merriam Webster Dictionary (Free) – America’s most popular dictionary, free!

Phone Drive + File Sharing ($1.99) – Use your iPhone/iPad as a USB/WiFi flash drive. Play, browse, share, organize, and use your files right on your iPhone or iPad. There is also a free version with fewer features.

Google Search (Free) – Take a picture on your phone and run it through google’s image search! Seriously! Download this application, take a photo of a work of art or a building, and search by the image! It’s amazing! You can also do traditional google searches and even voice searches!

I know that there are many more useful applications out there. Please help by sharing your favorite apps!

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About Jennifer Carey

My name is Jennifer Carey and I am a student and educator of the human condition. I have long studied history, trained in archaeology, and found a passion in the field of education. As a long-time lover of technology (my father bought our family our first Apple IIe when I was three), I love technology and what it can bring to the classroom. I have taught at various Universities for many years as well as educating gifted teenagers through the Johns Hopkins program, the Center for Talented Youth. I am currently the Director of Educational Technology at the Ransom Everglades School (a secular independent school) in Miami, Fl. I also have a few educational podcasts on iTunes from my days teaching at TCU: The Ancient City of Rome, Classical Archaeology (2008), Classical Archaeology (2009), Introduction to Classical Myth, and Ancient Eats. They’re enhanced (so you get the PowerPoints along with the vocal), but please excuse the poor audio editing. Feel free to Email Me or follow me on twitter.
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6 Responses to Best iPhone (iOS) Apps for Students

  1. Kenneth says:

    I have found that for almost anything you need to remember, but dont have paper for, Dragon Dictation works pretty well, but if it is too long it might not work very well. I also saw the Philips dictation recorder, which is free and is more advanced than dragon.

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