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10 great back-to-school apps

Put those smart phones to good use. With back-to-school season in full swing, here are 10 great educational and organizational apps for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. And if you’re looking for mind-bending apps for yourself, check out our Brain Training list. Enjoy!

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Prospective students tour Georgetown University's campus in Washington. Check out our list of applications that can help your student get off to a solid start this school year.

1. The Elements: A Visual Exploration

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A screenshot from The Elements: A Visual Exploration.

If your teenager has a blasé attitude toward chemistry, this application might be a good investment to change his or her mind. The Periodic Table of the Elements can seem like a hodgepodge of letters and numbers that describe seemingly abstract elements. This application makes the abstract more understandable with more than 500 pictures of the elements, as well as stories about their origins. If you’re wondering if the $13.99 price tag for this app is worth it, Stephen Fry describes it as “Alone worth the price of an iPad.”

And, if you’re on a budget, try the free version of this app: Periodic Table of the Elements by Kevin Neelands. It’s just not quite as colorful or engaging as the The Elements app, but the data is all there.   

Recommended ages: Middle school and up.

Compatibility: iPad only

Cost: $13.99

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