Back. To. School.
Those three words can strike up different emotions depending on which role you play in the family; parent or child. To the child it means the end of sleeping in with no responsibilities. To a parent it means the resemblance of some sort of routine.
Technology plays a huge part in the back-to-school routines these days. Personally, I have already found out my child's new teacher and home room, filled out school directory information, signed up and paid for fall baseball, all online. Using my favorite tools like Evernote, JotNot, Any.Do and more, I plan to stay on top of the chaos this year.
If you ha
ve younger kids going back to school, check out some neat tools like ArtKive
. These services and apps can help you organize all of those art projects (coloring pages and paste covered construction paper count too) and not feel guilty when you throw away the 17th paper-bag puppet you get this year. TechCrunch reviewed Canvsly
recently and had discussed all it could do, including its reward system. (Although, Artkive has a much funnier promo video
.) I normally use Evernote for this, but may just make the switch this fall.
Older kids going back to school? Time for them to take some ownership, right? Check out Finish
, a procrastination squashing app created by a high school sophomore looking to stay on top of school work and projects. Sure there are plenty of to do apps (Any.Do being my favorite) but this one was developed with a high school mentality in mind.
Anyone with college kids going away to school may already be past the back-to-school phase and now into the checking-in-on-them phase. Now that the first few days are out of the way, might be time to give a little advice, especially when it comes to technology. PC Mag gives us 12 back to college technology tips
; covering ways to keep roommates and friends from taking or messing up your technology to not over-sharing online.
Best of luck parents! Only about 275 days until school is out again.