Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Techy Tuesday: 5 Back to School Apps

It took me quite a while to zip into the modern days of technology with the "gadgets and devices" so many had already been plugged into. Yes, I used the word gadgets. No, that doesn't label me an old fart, okay maybe it does, but that is what they are. So there.

But seriously, they have made my life easier, keeping in touch with friends and family more convenient and in those few off moments when I'm waiting in line, at pick-up, etc. I get things done that would otherwise have to wait until later.

Here are 5 free apps that are available for most platforms that will make getting and staying organized and sane as school begins again a snap.

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myHomework  Track assignments, due dates, projects and stay on top of your schedule. Great tool for parents to help kids stay organized (or not miss a crucial deadline) or for older kids to show they are organized. Universal for all "i" devices. Free.

Carpool - School Edition Forming carpool groups with contacts, scheduling pick-ups, drop-offs and sharing your schedule made easy instead of hemming and hawing over when you and co-carpoolers are available. Let the app do the work for you. Free.

Evernote The tagline for this app is "remember everything" and that pretty much sums it up...need to remember to bring a snack for the class? Offered to give a friend a pair of ballet shoes your daughter outgrew? Volunteering? Jot everything down in this app and never forget. Free.

TeamSnap "No more phone trees, paper sign-up sheets, missed assignments or driving to the wrong game location. TeamSnap's sports team websites and mobile apps make it easy to manage your sports team and ensure everyone is organized." Sounds good to me. Free.

Shop At Home Makes back to school shopping easy with savings, rebates, coupons and more at loads of stores such as  Macy's, Sears, Jcpenney, Best Buy, Lowe's, Sephora, Staples, Target and many more. Best of all this app is Free.

That phone above is one, in actuality, I recall having early in my childhood. Followed by an updated orange rotary dial, then a sleek Conair with its wind-y cord, then a bulky "portable" phone with its thick antenna and then on into modern day with cell phones.

While I say it took me a while to move into the millennium with technology, it isn't so much that I didn't have the technology, I did have a computer in the early nineties and a cell phone in the late nineties, but it took me a while to accept it as a part of everyday life.

In much the same way, the other day, my kids and I were talking about records, 8-tracks, cassette tapes, CDs and digital and wondered, what's next? I couldn't have imagined I'd be using my devices to keep my schedule, keep in contact with friends and family and the myriad other ways in which plugging in works as a convenience, a tool, entertainment and way to conduct business, but here I am.

Please share your thoughts on technology, any fave apps or what you think might be in the future for technology below.

Back to the future,

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  1. Cozi is my favorite for keeping our family schedule. I don't use the paid version cause I think it's ridiculously expensive.

    I like ourgroceries for shopping. Just like Cozi it syncs between my phone and my husbands so either of can add to the list, and theoretically if he noticed we need milk or something, he could pick some up on the way home from work - hasn't happened yet ��

    1. Hi Liz-
      I've heard great things about Cozi! I think Tamar uses it too:) I'll have to check out ourgroceries- that sounds like it could be a real help in this household too...theoretically. Cheers!

  2. These are great suggestions. I have been wanting to try Evernote forever! I have used Cozi also and liked it for its ability to sync everyone's calendars and lists. We enjoyed the "journal" which can be given its own public url...we used it to update friends and family on our family news.

    1. Ah...never thought to use it for the lists...great idea! I also didn't know about the Cozi journal feature- that would be fun to have!

  3. These sound great! Can't wait to check them out. Thanks for sharing. xx

  4. Thanks for sharing these apps! I'm glad you linked up at Take it on Tuesday!

    Betsy @ Romance on a dime.com

  5. I should probably upgrade my phone.. I can't put any apps or even browse the web with mine haha

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!


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