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You kids are so lucky today. In my day, anyone who would submit their homework using a printout automatically got a high grade because computers and printers were not exactly something we had ready access to back in the day, much less a reliable internet connection. Even submitting a typewritten paper was already cause for joy for the average teacher, and yes, handwritten book reports and term papers were perfectly acceptable for high school kids. How times have changed!
So I asked myself, if I went back to school today, with access to smartphones and apps and all that jazz, what apps would I absolutely need to have in my phone for school? Let’s assume my parents would allow me to have data access and only a limited budget for my apps, since they’d be taking it out of my allowance? What 8 apps should I be getting? Here’s what I think I would get…
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/8-Apps-That-A-‘90s-Kid-School-text-8.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]8. Genius Scan[/text_image]
An easy way to keep your notes in order.
Price: Free, but has a paid upgrade for $1.99
While it’s scientifically established that writing notes is better than typing them, it’s always a good idea to have a backup of your notes, especially if you have handwriting as horrible as mine. Do the motions of writing the notes, as it’s good for your brain, but when you need something legible? Get this app, pronto, as it helps you scan documents, papers, with all your annotations, and keep them all in one place.
Bonus Tip: You can use your camera to take a picture of the blackboard or whiteboard, assuming your phone’s camera resolution is high enough.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/8-Apps-That-A-‘90s-Kid-School-text-7.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]7. QuickVoice Recorder/Smart Voice Recorder[/text_image]
Just so you don’t miss a thing.
In high school, I actually had a cassette recorder, as I was part of the school magazine. I would conduct interviews and wreck a tape by playing it back and forth while trying to digest what my interviewees said. This app would have saved me on so many cassettes, and would have the added bonus of being handy enough for classroom use, too.
Bonus Tip: If you’re a tattletale like I was, you would want to keep this running in between classes as evidence of who’s noisy or saying bad words.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/8-Apps-That-A-‘90s-Kid-School-text-6.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]6. Lark Up/Sleep as Android[/text_image]
Sleep around like a pro. Literally.
Sleep cycles? Non-intrusive alarms? I never even knew these things until I was already out of college! These apps help you get the most out of your sleep, and help you develop good habits that you will hopefully carry with you for the rest of your life, or until you end up working for a call center. Get a lot of good sleep before you can’t afford to.
Bonus Tip: If you wish to maximize your sleep, try finding a white noise app to go with your sleep cycle app. You’ll be grateful you did.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/8-Apps-That-A-‘90s-Kid-School-text-5.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]5. iStudiez Lite/myHomework Student Planner[/text_image]
Organize your homework so you don’t get swamped.
Price: Free for both, but the iStudiez pro version goes for $2.99
I remember our Assistant Principal for Student Affairs repeatedly say during the morning assembly that “the Diary is an important link between the home and the school. Students must have their parents sign it everyday.” For all the good it did me, really, as the Diary looked downright terrifying when you saw subject after subject demanding you do homework due the next day. This app helps you organize your stuff without having to deface your Diary, which I’m sure schools would still frown upon.
Bonus Tip: If you want to do this the low tech way, put a pencil mark on any items you’ve already done in your Diary, to give yourself a sense of progress.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/8-Apps-That-A-‘90s-Kid-School-text-4.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]4. Khan Academy[/text_image]
A virtual library at your fingertips.
Library access is always at a premium, so here’s a good app for easy-access reference material, including videos for almost any subject that would be relevant to a high school kid. It would certainly be more productive for a student to pore over this than to surf online (where they, being hormonal high school kids, will inevitably stumble upon porn), or to wander around in a library aimlessly, not knowing which books are relevant for their purposes.
Bonus Tip: There are other similar apps, like Wolfram Alpha, but this is probably the best one, as it’s free, and is tailor-fit for high school kids, and not university-level students. Still, Wolfram Alpha is no slouch here.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/8-Apps-That-A-‘90s-Kid-School-text-3.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]3. Prom Guide[/text_image]
Why wait ‘til your wedding to micromanage the biggest day of your life?
Prom Guide is a US magazine that has an app, ready to give you ideas for prom night so that you dazzle the entire student body when you go that night. Nearly everything they’ve featured, from dresses to tuxedos to limousines are available for you to browse and canvass to your heart’s content.
Bonus Tip: Watch out for a bucket of pig’s blood over your head when you win Prom King or Queen. Especially if you have telekinetic powers.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/8-Apps-That-A-‘90s-Kid-School-text-2.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]2. KKB[/text_image]
Hey, not everyone is a student from Xavier.
So there I was, with friends, after classes, sharing a pizza. TJ had two slices, Ken had three slices, Benny had four, and I had one. And then the bill got to us: PHP299.99. Umm… how much would each of us be paying again?
If the KKB (as in, Kanya-Kanyang Bayad) app existed back then, I would probably still be friends with those guys. As it stands, that’s 50 Pesos I was never going to see again. Grumble.
Bonus Tip: Don’t show off this app on your first date. Just don’t.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/8-Apps-That-A-‘90s-Kid-School-text-1.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]1. Slam Book[/text_image]
Because time is gold, and love is blind.
A lost art, the autograph book is something I absolutely loved when I was in high school. It was always amusing to see what your friends would write in there, as they spilled some of their deepest, darkest secret, but only after making you swear—no, pinky swear, that you wouldn’t ever show their pages to anybody else.
Of course, nobody ever kept that promise, did they?
Bonus Tip: Wondering who you can offer up as a safe answer for your first kiss? How about your parents?
What are your favorite school-friendly apps? And you, grownups, how bad do you feel we didn't have this during our time? Broadcast your rants and raves in the the Comments Section.
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