Neighbors to the left and right of us in our condo complex have school age children. It’s a perfect set up for my husband and I because they’re old enough to be reasoned with but just adventurous enough to let us know our decision to forego children could work out well.
We watch the children at times, help with homework, and all of them are iPad and iPhone savvy, and the older ones who have learned to type can make their way around a Mac. For those who have access to everything Apple we’ve helped set up school homework applications. Welcome to the new age of application subscriptions where you pay all the time, but this one is pretty good.
It’s called iHomework and it runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Watch (none of the neighbor kids are so blessed… yet). It’s a school homework organizer perfectly suitable for most kids who have classes and assignments. That means alerts and notifications, but also a single repository for all the details about each class.
iHome is almost, but not quite, self explanatory, but middle school age kids seem to pick it up quickly.
Classes are easily set up with details for instructors, assignments, even PDF attachments, like a syllabus or homework. Assignments are special, too, because students can set them up not just by due date, but when the work time is available. There’s even an option to estimate how difficult an assignment or task might be to complete.
Assignments are easily divided up into smaller tasks which are easier to manage. Overdue tasks display an alert. Even the instructor detail includes an option for email, which makes it easier to query a teacher about a problem.
What is really appreciated in this day and age of modern technology marvels in the classroom is the ease of use for an app that is aimed at organizing children– and I make an assumption, based on some experience with children who appreciate some Apple device experience, that middle school, high school, and perhaps college age children are the targets for iHomework.
Also appreciated is the ability– thanks to Apple’s well developed and integrated ecosystem– to sync iHomework accounts between devices. That means whatever is set up on the Mac is available on the iPad. Or, iPhone. And Watch (alerts, mostly).
None, really. The Mac version gets better user ratings than the iOS version and that might have to do with the price tag. Basic features are free to use in iHomework, but the in-app purchase is a subscription for more services. It’s not expensive considering what iHomework can do for a motivated student, but iPhone and iPad users seem to think an app aimed at students should have a boatload of features and complicated functionality. In this case, you can try before you buy.