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Back to School: 6 Apps to Help You Succeed This Year

August 17, 2021

By Viinko

Back to School: 6 Apps to Help You Succeed This Year

With so many tools and programs to aid students and educators, it can be difficult to choose the products that best enhance student experience. Especially for students that struggle in school and need additional support and guidance around executive functioning skills, like task initiation and time management.

While nothing can replace in person learning, there are some tools that provide additional structure and support to help students stay on track when trying to manage their workload asynchronously. To that end, we have compiled a list of the top six EdTech tools to help student’s build and expand their executive functioning skills while working asynchronously:

Newsela

Newsela is an online news platform that provides a diverse range of articles on current events, history, science, and more. Features include adaptive reading suggestions, quizzes and annotations, built-in dictionary, and audio supports. The platform has a paid teacher subscription that gives educators a dashboard to assign readings and track student progress.

Available on: Web browser.

Target executive functioning skills:

  • Flexibility
  • Awareness
  • Working memory

Viinko

Viinko is a digital platform that provides an  academically informed structure to help students build essential executive functioning skills each time they use the platform. Features include personalized calendars, step-by-step assignment support,  pre and post assignment reflections, reminders, and due date flags. Additionally, the platform provides educators with insight and access to student planners, enabling them to collect real time data and insights into how a student is managing their workload

Available on: iOS; Android; Web browser.

Target executive functioning skills:

  • Task management
  • Task initiation
  • Self autonomy
  • Self awareness
  • Prioritization

Explain Everything

Explain everything is a digital whiteboard app that allows students and educators to create presentations, provide feedback, and collaborate. Features include: diverse media type support, video recording and editing, built-in voice chat, and link sharing.

Available on: iOS; Android; Web browser.

Target executive functioning skills:

  • Awareness
  • Working memory
  • Task initiation

Habitify

Habitify is a habit and goal tracker that rewards users through streaks. Features include: performance reports, reminders, device synchronization, time goals, group by habit areas, user reflections.

Available on iOS; Android; Web browser.

Target executive functioning skills:

  • Perseverance
  • Self-control
  • Working Memory

Focus To-Do

Focus To-Do is a time and task management application that relies on the Pomodoro Technique to combat procrastination. Features include progress reports, due dates, reminders, splitting tasks into subtasks, and device synchronization.

Available on: Android, iOS, Windows, Google Chrome.

Target executive functioning skills:

  • Time Management
  • Attention
  • Self-Control
  • Organization

Forest

Forest is an app that incentivizes users to stay focused through planting a seed in the app, which grows into a tree as the user stays within the app.

Available on: iOS; Android.

Target executive functioning skills:

  • Self-control
  • Attention
  • Perseverance

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