Back to School ISITE Approved Apps and technology

ISITE Approved: Must Have Back-to-School Tools and Technology

It’s that time of year again – the time that students dread, and parent’s dance: back-to-school. Whether you’re a student yourself or have a young student in the house, having the right tools can make or break the back-to-school season. With that in mind, we have come up with a list of MUST HAVE apps and technology to help you and/or your student.


Evernote LogoEvernote
Submitted by Allen Tyler

Remember things from notes, photos, documents, audio clips and more and be able to access them anywhere on your laptop, tablet or smart phone.

DropboxDropbox Logo
Submitted by Allen Tyler

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!”

Readability LogoReadability
Submitted by Tim Sears

“Readability turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.”

FlashcardExchange LogoFlashcard Exchange
Submitted by Jim Petillo

Web-based software so you can access it anywhere you have internet access and it is backed up daily so you don’t have to worry about losing your information. LogoDIY
Submitted by Jeff Cram
“ is an online community for young makers. Our members are exposed to new skills, inspired by each other to learn them, and given a platform to collect and share what they make.”

Quizlet LogoQuizlet
Submitted by Jenny Ostoj

Quizlet is a lightning fast way to memorize vocabulary lists. It's like flashcards, but much more fun and interactive.” Students define what they need to learn, and we provide the tools.



Whether it’s a Kindle, iPad, Nexus 7 or one of the many others available, using a tablet to purchase e-books will save you money and a back ache from carrying around heavy textbooks.

Flash Drive

Today everyone is on the move and after spending hours on a project you want to have it backed up just in case.  Especially the LaCie iamaKey because it can fit on a key ring and blend in with your other keys. 


We know that all laptops are not created equal, but we will not be entering the Mac vs. PC debate in this blog post. As long as you have a computer that has the functionality that you need and can get the job done then you are all set.


A smartphone can help you complete basically any task and it’s necessary if you want to actually use all of the great apps we recommended.

Backpack/Messenger Bag

Because you need something to help you organize all of your gear and get it from point A to point B safely.  We recommend Timbuk2 because their bags are well made and come with a lifetime guarantee.

What’s helping you manage the madness of the back-to-school season? 


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