10 Indispensable Apps for the Back-to-School Season

8/24/12Follow @soonishpodcast

There’s a reason that George Fox University, Regis College, Chicago State University, Seton Hill, and other colleges and universities are giving iPads to all incoming freshmen this fall. It’s because the Apple tablets are just as good as laptops for many types of educational tasks, such as notetaking, and even better for others, such as reading and exploring multimedia educational software.

Of course, they’re also great for playing games, chatting with friends, making skateboarding videos, and many other less scholarly pursuits. You don’t get one without the other.

But let’s assume you’re heading back to school soon (or you’re just in an academic mood) and you’re dedicated to actually learning something. Apple has a pretty good list of recommendations in the iTunes App Store that will help you get your tablet loaded up with top education apps, but today I wanted to share some of my own favorites. Without further ado:

1. NYPL Biblion: Frankenstein Biblion: The Boundless Library is a digital publication of the New York Public Library. Each edition brings together multimedia resources from NYPL’s vast collections around a compelling topic, and organizes them using a distinctive 3D interface. This collection includes the original handwritten manuscript of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein: Or, A Modern Prometheus, along with essays, poems, movie stills, and other materials relating to the novel’s cultural impact over nearly two centuries.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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