Many students have Macs, of course, but also iPhones, iPads, and even the iPod touch is popular, and not just for music or movies or games.
One of the parents of a student in a class I teach insisted that her daughter have and use iStudiez Pro, and encouraged other parents to provide the app for their children.
That’s quite an endorsement. What’s so special about iStudiez Pro. At the basic level it’s a day planner made specifically for students. It runs on the Mac, but there are versions for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, too.
What do students need with a day planner app? Skeuomorphic design not withstanding, iStudiezPro helps students get organized, stay organized, and become more efficient and productive.
The planner is built around classes, homework, assignments, projects and schedules. Use it to track grades, too, including a running total of GPA.
Everything a student needs to keep tabs on classwork is built-in, including room for course details, instructor information, phone numbers, email addresses, and extracurricular activities.
Students in my classes have the most difficulty keeping track of reading assignments, homework, projects, and all the details we used to write down in a spiral notebook a few generations ago.
Now, all that and much more can be carried around in a backpack or pocket. Even the iPhone and iPad version of iStudiez syncs up with the Mac version.
iStudiez is a good way to teach organizational skills, how to prioritize tasks, and to learn to use blocks of time, so this is one app that comes highly recommended.
If there’s a problem with using iStudiez Pro it has more to do with motivating students to use the built-in tools than anything else.