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Productivity apps allow you to create digital notebooks for everything from tracking expenses, managing your calendar, and creating slideshow presentations. Students and teachers have different productivity needs than most professionals. Many of the front-line tools work well in both the office and classroom environment, but there are enough differences that we thought an education-specific list of productivity apps would be helpful.

The problem is, we live in a world where there are thousands of choices. There's countless different to-do list apps that each do slightly different things, and countless ways to save a receipt or clip a screenshot.

You'll probably only need one tool from each of the following categories: task and project management, Note-taking, Document / process management and calendar.

Here is the list of few productivity apps that provides a way to simplify your work and personal life.

    The application ‘PDF Reader Pro - Sign, Edit PDF’ is a versatile PDF Reader for users who wish to read, highlight, sign and fill out PDFs on their mobile devices. This feature packed application is ideal for personal use and business and is free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases. The app ‘PDF Reader Pro - Sign, Edit PDF’ is a one time paid application and supports over 50 languages. This application is also available on an iOS/windows platform where the user can find an array of other unique features.

    Devices: Android , iPad , Windows , Mac


    The application ‘S’moresUp – Best chores App’ is a modern-tool for modern-day parenting. The application offers a number of key features that enable parents, single-parents and guardians to manage everyday activities such as chores, family calendars, rewards, a playdate planner, goals and so much more. The application is free but requires a user account for full accessibility. The application is free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    The application Boomerang Parental Control is a unique piece of software that gives parents remote control of their non-iOS devices. This application is also available on the iOS platform however there are some limitations. 

    Devices: Android , iPad


    TYPESY is an application that supports the unique typing software that will improve your typing speed and proficiency.     In an ever growing society of digital platforms, student e-portfolio assignments and digital dissertations the requirement in school and the working environment to become more proficient in typing has never been greater. This software is free from in-app adverts and has a one-off payment for both home and office. Educational institutions and businesses may benefit from generous discounts when the software is used on a larger scale. 

    Devices: iPad


    TypeDojo is a web-based application developed to teach the user to type with speed and accuracy. The extremely comprehensive set of exercises are all timed and are based around groups of key words for example "Dolch Words' and 'Site words'. The user has the opportunity to have a "Certificate of Accomplishment" printed off to certify their proficiency in keyboarding. The application is designed for Primary School children but could be used at any age as a refresher to sharpen up your keyboarding skills.

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    Drawboard PDF is a fantastic tool for creating and amending PDF documents which allows users to add notes, bookmarks and even images. The app feels very smooth and keeping with the Windows 8 style, and makes use of intuitive gestures to improve workflow and ease of use. The interface is packaged very smartly, and hides its vast suite of tools away in a clever little pie chart-like control. Tools for collaboration would be the cherry on top, but this app has received an EAS Certification of 5 stars.

    Devices: Windows


    Securely store, manage and share all your files, photos and documents with 10GB of free cloud storage from Box.

    Devices: iPad


    Poll everywhere is a student response app that allows students to give instant answers or feedback on presented content or offer assessment through teacher-designed surveys, polls, and discussion boards. Teachers can use text or images to relay responses and students can react to the real-time responses from their peers. The app can bring more interactivity into your classes to further engage students in the learning experience.  

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Help the Earth further by changing how you shop and what you buy. GoodGuide is an excellent iPhone app that has ratings and information for over 175,000 personal care items, food (including pet food), household cleaners, toys, paper products, and more. You will learn which products are less toxic than others and what companies have the most environmentally friendly track records. Simply use your iPhone's camera to scan bar codes and find out if the items rate high or low based on health, environmental, and social impact. If you have chosen an item that rates low, GoodGuide now provides alternative options by the same brands.

    Devices: iPad


    Protecting the environment is a collective effort, and it can be fun. JouleBug turns your sustainable habits into a game and makes it social. Share the steps you're taking to go green with your social networks, join local communities, like and comment on others' sustainability efforts, and earn points and score achievements to see how green you are compared to your community.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Noteshelf is an app designed to take written notes on an iPad, but it is so much more than that. It is so perfectly designed, so ingenious, so intuitive that it has to be considered one of the quintessential iPad apps. It’s a must-have tool and gets a 4.5/5 rating.   Noteshelf gets its name from the idea that you create notebooks, and they reside on a bookshelf in a style similar to iBooks.   The creation of a notebook is via the New button the the Bookshelf/Noteshelf. Here is where you select the title of the notebook, the cover and and the design of the paper. For example, graph paper, legal paper, etc.

    Devices: iPad


    PDF Expert 5, developed by Readdle, is the most downloaded app for iPhone and iPad with all-in-one PDF solution. It is very easy for you to highlight some words, draw figures with your fingers and make your own personal notes. Now editing PDF is not a tiresome task anymore, PDF expert offers features like smart zoom and intelligent snapping to help you to edit your PDF documents in the way you want. Moreover, there is a mode known as sepia mode which makes the reading experience more than ever on the phone. PDF Expert 5 is designed in such a way that it seems like that made for iOS. It looks neat and beautiful with every minor detail. PDF expert 5 has so many tools to use and they are all just one tap away. PDF expert 5 is a place where you can store all your files including the online services like Google drive and Drop box, email attachments or any local file on the desktop. However, PDF Expert 5 is not available to Android users so Android users may have to find its alternatives in the Android market. 

    Devices: iPad


    Mindly is yet another popular app that not only looks gorgeous but enables you to create several different mind maps for planning a project, though structuring, idea collection, etc. Besides from creating logical and complex mind maps, you can use it for simpler things like writing a quick summary, preparing for a speech or meeting, etc. Mindly has all the necessary features you will ever need like the support for hierarchy between elements, ability to add colors, icons, and images to elements, ability to reorganize content, PDF or OPML or Text exporting, visual clipboard, password protection, Dropbox sync, etc. So, if you are looking for simple, beautiful, and capable mind mapping app then Mindly is for you.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    This free app from Zoho gives you virtual notebooks with designer covers to store card style notes. The covers make it easy to segregate and identify different notebooks. You can also choose fonts, font size and colours as per your preference.    The app lets you create notes in 6 categories: text notes, checklists, audio notes, photo notes, sketches and document notes. On iOS, the app integrates with Siri. You can ask Siri to search through notes, for instance.    If you want to have your notes synced across your devices, you need to sign-up for a free account. Its not mandatory to sign up if you don't want to back up online and only want to keep notes on your current device.    Overall, the free app gets our recommendation if you are looking for a simple yet feature-rich notes app.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Bear - beautiful writing app for notes and prose (Free) by Shiny Frog di Matteo Rattotti e C. S.N.C. is a gorgeous new app for writers and note-takers. If you are looking for a replacement for Evernote or Apple Notes, then Bear is definitely one that you should take a look at, though it may not be for everyone.   Bear is downright beautiful and one of the prettier writing apps I’ve had the pleasure of using. Like most writing apps, Bear is composed of three parts: the Sidebar (on the left), the Notes List (in the middle), and the Editor (on the right).    Bear doesn’t provide this notebook system. Instead, you can use a tag system (like Evernote) to manage your notes. But you can easily mimic the notebook format by using sub tag.   The todo is one another nice features of Bear. You can create a task just by highlighting a line, and clicking on T. You can also move the task wherever you want in your notes. While it won’t replace a task manager like Todoist, Wunderlist, Trello, etc., it can be convenient to have this in your notes.    Bear if you are a writer and want a simple, clean, and fast writing app that is super flexible and just works. You can find Bear – beautiful writing app for notes and prose on the App Store as a universal app for the iPhone and iPad for free . 

    Devices: iPad


    Simplenote is a simple but neat way to coordinate all of your notes. Very simple in design, but the app allows you to add notes, add tags, share notes and make lists + tasks + reminders.   Simplenote allows you to save notes in plain text. All you need to do is sign up for an account and you can start using it right away. Recently Simplenote has added markdown syntax. Simplenotes’ synchronization is blazing fast. Changes you make on other devices will sync nearly instantly on other devices. There’s not too much functionality around everything… but more of a blank slate approach.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    ScanBee’s interface is clutter-free, making it easy to get the job done quickly. Just tap the “New Scan” button at the bottom of the screen and snap a photo of your document. You’re then able to manually adjust the borders and crop it down. Multiple scans can be included in a single PDF file, and you’re able to share them via email or open them within other apps. Scans can also be stored within ScanBee for later use.

    Devices: iPad


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    Devices: iPad


    Todoist is a great app for either personal use or work use, individually or as a group. I love the program and find it easy to assign things and keep them organized neat and simple so no one feels overwhelmed with their workload, even when we're busy   It's very easy for management to add tasks under jobs for the crew to complete and add them to the job. It's really easy for people to just be able to check off blocks on their cell phone and see positive progress on their overall assignments for the week as they accomplish them. It's also very easy for management to see when someone isn't finishing tasks and is seeming to get bogged down so we can check in. It's very helpful!

    Devices: iPad


    Asana is great as a project management solution, especially when working with teams. However, it isn't great at being a task manager/to-do list application for managing your own individual tasks.   Asana has given me a streamlined method for managing projects and delegating tasks to other individuals. Viewing the status of a task that has been delegated is simple and I also receive notifications when a task is completed. Recurring tasks and simple task delegation make it easy to manage weekly tasks/projects and stay up to date on who is accomplishing each task and whether it has been completed.

    Devices: Android , iPad


    Strides has a broader focus than many of the other apps listed here, as it lets you track specific goals as well as recurring habits. With regular habits like running or reading every day, Strides focuses on your streak of checking in to the habit, and colour codes your progress in green or red to give you an idea of whether you’re on track.    You can even use Strides to track progress on a big project that includes several smaller steps, like planning a party or a multi-step project for work. The Milestone Tracker helps you keep tabs on how each step is going and what your overall pace is for your project. 

    Devices: iPad


    Focus Booster allows you to manage your schedule by dividing it into chunks. It is developed for professionals who want to store a time record for billing customers. This app has emerged as the very supportive tool for students and teachers- who want to monitor their homework, research, study. Its dashboard reminds you for a break and keeps time record to boost your productivity. 

    Devices: Android , iPad


    If you want to focus on your work- Forrest app is the best option for you. Forrest app comes up with a very interesting feature to assist you in time management. You have to plant a seed once you started your work. The seed will grow into a tree- depending upon your time spend on work. Suppose if you leave your work- tree will be killed. The best part is they plant real trees for the future.   

    Devices: Android , iPad


    RescueTime does an excellent job of keeping track of all your activities computer/web/phone activity thus giving you insight into how productive you've been.   Probably my favorite feature is the weekly email showing me how many hours I worked, and how many of those hours were productive. There are reasons why these numbers aren't completely reliable, but they provide a lot of insight.   Staying focused and managing my time. When you're aware of how much time you spend going various distracting things (netflix, amazon, mobile game) it's makes you reconsider how you should spend your time in the coming week.

    Devices: Android


    Workflow is a fully customizable application which saves your time you spend on the complex tasks every day. You can make effective homescreen shortcuts on your smartphone so that it can perform various tasks in a single click. Whether you want Camera to automatically upload all images and videos on the cloud, or you want Google Maps to route you to your destination, you can customize your app according to your requirements. Workflow offers more than 200 actions for customization. You can also integrate third-party apps like Facebook, Uber and Youtube. 

    Devices: iPad