Homework Helpers

Trying to juggle homework help in a busy household?

Meet your digital assistant, the iPhone or iPad. There are a number of great apps that can offer homework help on the fly, when your computer or laptop isn’t readily available.

Take Notes

The iPad comes pre-installed with a notepad app that works for basic lists, but if you need amore robust note-taking option there are much better apps available.

Notes Plus

$7.99 for iPad

Sketch ideas, handwrite notes, type notes, record voice notes and organize your items into different categories for easy recall. A virtual spiral notebook that never runs out of pages.

*Tech mama tip: Sketching and handwritten notes work best with a stylus. We love the Pogo Sketch from Ten One Design ($8 from Amazon)


Free for iPhone,iPad and iPod touch, with option to pay for more storage

A cloud-based note-keeping tool keeps your computer and mobile devices in sync. Evernote lets you create and organize all kinds of lists and notes in addition to web clips, images and files. We love the ability to search text in photos.

*Tech mama tip: Snap iPhone pics of classroom whiteboards or chalkboards and you can search them later. Works with sketches, business cards and more!

Voice Memos

$0.99 for iPad

Unlike the iPhone, the iPad doesn’t ship with a voice recorder app. Voice Memos is slick and produces high-quality recordings. Add text notes to memos for easy search.

*Tech mama tip: Great for recording fun stuff too, like your kid telling jokes or those adorable stories

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Homework Heros

World Pocket Reference

$2.99 for iPhone and iPad

Quickly pull up facts about the people, history, government, political conditions, economy and foreign relations of countries around the world. Data comes from the U.S. Department of State and the CIA.


$2.99 for iPhone and iPad

Ask WolframAlpha just about any question and it deliver the answer, whether you’re working with complicated calculus equations or wondering there second cousins start on a family tree. Universal app means you buy once, and it’ll run on both your iPhone and iPad.

Star Walk

$4.99 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

Stargaze from your iPad. Study the moon and constellations, track satellites, see photos from deep space and explore the planets in our solar system.


$13.99 for iPad

A completely new way to explore the periodic table, this app brings chemistry to life with rich photos, rotatable objects, layered videos of science experiments and 3D display.


Free for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

This app puts the world’s most popular wiki, Wikipedia, in the palm of your hand. There’s a wiki page for just about every topic you can imagine. Bookmark entries, customize article display and if you enable the geo-location feature, it will bring up relevant articles from your immediate area. Spend $5 on the Plus version and you get offline viewing capabilities.


Free for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

With an iPad dictionary at hand, the kids are less likely to sigh and roll their eyes when you say, “Go look it up!” Searchable and cross-referenced, this dictionary does everything you would expect it to, and you can’t beat the price.

Manual for the United States of America

$4.99 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

Learn about and read the Articles of Confederation Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, biographies of Supreme Court justices, and a lot more. You’ll wish American history was this fun when you were in school.

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