Use Siri to make college life easier

Use Siri to make college life easier

College life can be hectic. Classes, your social life, fitting into someplace new are all challenges that students face. There are poor decisions to be made, too. During the winter semester of my sophomore year I decided to take an 8:00 AM swimming class. Walking to a pool at 7:30 AM on a December morning is a good time to reassess your life choices.

Fortunately, Siri is here to make things easier. From dictation to location-awareness to grabbing a late-night pizza, Apple's digital assistant has got you covered. Here's how Siri can make your school day easier.

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Back to school: iPhone, iPad apps for high school students

Back to school: iPhone, iPad apps for high school students

High school students have a lot to keep track of throught the day, from academics to extracurriculars to the all-important social life. In this post we're going to look at hitting the books, staying on top of things and preparing for what's next. Here is our list of iPhone and iPad apps for high school students.

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Considering the 12-inch MacBook as a laptop for students

Considering the 12-inch MacBook as a laptop for students

I’ve been using the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display since its debut. Is it a good laptop for students? Yes — but only if the student, or the persona buying it for him/her, is willing to pay top dollar for its incredible svelteness and gorgeous screen, while overlooking its shortcomings. 

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Back to school with a repurposed MacBook

Back to school with a repurposed MacBook

Back to school means much more than getting new clothes, notebooks, and a box full of unused Crayola crayons. For a lot of students, it’s time to get a computer of some sort, and what better computer than a MacBook? But for parents on a budget, dropping at least a thousand bucks on a new MacBook is out of the question. Never fear, since it’s pretty easy to take even an old MacBook and update it so it’s a perfect school computer.

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Simple Counter is a great tally app for iPhone and iPad

Simple Counter is a great tally app for iPhone and iPad

This week's featured app grew out of the developer's love of board games:

"When I was playing board games with friends," Sweden's Arvid Lunnemark told me, "we usually resorted to using pen and paper to keep score. We all thought that there just had to be an app for this. We were right, but we continued to use pen and paper. Why? Because in the end, pen and paper was simpler to deal with than any of the apps [we found]. It frustrated me that pen and paper could trump an iPhone, and as a result, Simple Counter was born."

An app inspired by gaming. How could I pass on that?

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Math Shake is an effective math app for young students

Math Shake is an effective math app for young students

Years before I became your friendly neighborhood tech blogger, I was a teacher. In 2015, my wife celebrated* her 20th year as a teacher. All this to say we know our pedagogy, which makes it difficult for us to find education apps that we're satisfied with. While Math Shake for iPad (free with in-app purchases) isn't long on looks, it's got it where it counts.

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