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The days of Trapper Keeper binders and composition notebooks are disappearing as advances in technology allow students to study anywhere from the palm of their hand. Educational apps are being developed and released every day, covering topics ranging from elementary school spelling to SAT prep and calculus. We've rounded up a select few that can help your middle or high schooler stay on top of their studies:

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ELEMENTS – PERIODIC TABLE
iPhone/iPad/iPod
Free, with in-app purchase to stop ads

This app does more than provide a full periodic table of elements for students to look over, it helps recall specific elements by quizzing students on various difficulty levels and symbol-to-name matching games.

MY STUDY LIFE
iPhone/iPad/iPod; Android; Windows Mobile
Free

A cross-platform planner to help students deftly manage their school lives by tracking tasks, managing class and exam schedules and sending handy reminders to complete homework and prep for classes and tests.

READY4 SAT
iPhone/iPad/iPod; Android
Free, with in-app Premium Account purchase available
Other aptitude tests available on various apps through same developer

An SAT study system complete with intuitive lessons, SAT questions with in-depth answer explanations, digital flashcards and customizable practice tests that will track strengths and weaknesses and assist students in finding a college that is right for them.

DUOLINGO
iPhone/iPad/iPod; Android; Windows Mobile
Free with in-app purchases
Stop ads and boost gameplay with in-app purchases

There are more than 20 languages to learn through this exciting, entertaining, educational app. Students can set reminders and daily lesson goals to keep language-learning front of mind and work their way up through levels by learning how to read, spell, speak and interpret words and phrases.

BRAINSCAPE – SMART FLASHCARDS
iPhone/iPad/iPod; Andriod
Free with in-app purchases

Specific subject flashcards, as well as Pro version, available in-app
Handwritten flashcards are becoming a thing of the past as mobile phones allow students to study word lists or review terminology anywhere, anytime. Students can learn from provided flashcards or create their own and can use the app for everything from learning basic Spanish to prepping to pass the MCATs.

HOPSCOTCH: LEARN TO CODE, MAKE YOUR OWN GAME
iPhone/iPad/iPod
Free, with in-app subscription purchases available
Subscriptions available starting at $7.99 for one month or $79.99 for one year

Coding made easy for children–Hopscotch teaches kids the ins-and-outs of programming by giving them the tools and know-how to create games and apps.

SPELLINGCITY
iPhone/iPad/iPod
Free
Premium version available with additional features

Develop young readers' and writers' minds with nine mini games to improve spelling and vocabulary from ten available word lists—additional games and the ability to make word lists are available through the premium version and the compatible website.

This article was originally published in the July 30, 2017, print edition of Back to School. Contact the editor, Jamie Gonzales, with questions or comments: jgonzales@alaskadispatch.com.

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