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Published September 06, 2012, 06:05 PM

Thursday's App of the Week: Back to school apps

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's the unofficial end of summer. Labor day has come and gone. Students on both sides of the river are back in school. But who needs a pencil, notebook and calculator when you have your phone?

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's the unofficial end of summer. Labor day has come and gone. Students on both sides of the river are back in school. But who needs a pencil, notebook and calculator when you have your phone?

It's hard to believe it's been three years since I've had to go back-to-school shopping. But in that short time, shopping for those essential learning tools has gone from this - to this. From budget planners to grading systems - there's an app for that.

From elementary spelling to high school algebra to college level chemistry, memorization tools are always needed. We all are familiar with the old-school flashcards. Now...put down the marker, and just use your smartphone with this StudyBlue flashcard application

For a college freshman managing his or her own money for the very first time. There's the mint application. What little money students have can go very quickly.

Then of course there's those foreign language courses. Don't have hundreds of dollars for Rosetta Stone? Try any one of numerous translator applications for free.

And finally there's this graphing calculator application. The price of free versus a bulky $100 nuisance seems like a steal.

These are just a few of the many back-to-school apps for parents, students and teachers alike. Think of something else, just google it. It probably exists.

To determine if your device is compatible, just check the Android or Apple marketplace.

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