iHomework 2

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Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media
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Planner features ultra-detailed, flexible homework tracking.

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Educational Value

With tons of features for adding tags, viewing assignments, and planning ahead, this is an excellent tool to develop and support kids' organizational skills.

Ease of Play

There are lots of features to discover, and it can be a little daunting to find them all. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iHomework 2 is a subscription-based planner app for Mac and iOS that students can use to keep track of homework assignments and stay organized. The tool has a built-in calendar that students can fill with assignments, meetings, and deadlines. Each entry can be tagged and sorted for ease of use. This developer previously created iHomework, a similar but less detailed planner app that is no longer updated or supported, and the earlier version of the app is not compatible with this newer version. The tool costs $2.99 for a two-month membership or $4.99 per year. The app requires an email address to set up an account. Read the privacy policy to find out more about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

IHOMEWORK 2 is a planner app for iOS and Mac that helps kids keep track of their schoolwork. First, students set up an account and set up their classes and teachers' names. Then, students can start to enter assignments and calendar entries, tagging their entries with classes, teachers, and topics along the way. They can also tag entries by difficulty, allowing students to think strategically about their assignments and the kind of time and effort it might take to complete them. Students can sort their assignments by any tag or enter Planner view to see upcoming assignments sorted by due date and sync their accounts across multiple Apple devices, including the Apple Watch, iOS, and Mac. Though it's free to download, it requires a subscription for full access.

Is it any good?

There's a lot to do with this app: You can tag assignments by topic, due date, and level of effort, and while that's a daunting workflow to set up, it could be a stellar middle school and high school tool. It's definitely a lot to learn and a lot to get set up. To use iHomework 2 most effectively, kids have to set up their courses and their teachers and get into the habit of tagging and rating their assignments every time they record them in the tool. That process might seem daunting at first, and the tool on its own won't teach kids critical skills for self-reflection, self-monitoring, and time management. Still, with some scaffolding, this tool contains a ton of flexible, customizable features that can help kids think strategically about how to manage and address their homework load. With so much to keep track of, this is likely a better fit for older students, but younger students with great adult support could definitely use this tool as a way to practice and hone strong study habits.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about staying organized with iHomework 2. If you set up categories for your homework items, which categories do you need? Help kids set up subjects, teachers, and other features to keep their assignments and responsibilities organized.

  • Review their homework plans with kids regularly, especially when they're preparing for a big test. Talk about how keeping an up-to-date planner can help you prepare for an assessment or project and how the planner can help you make good choices about what and when to study.

  • Talk about the best ways for your child to keep track of assignments. What helps him or her learn and remember assignments best? Talk about ways to use tags, categories, and ratings, and set up a conversation between your child and his or her teacher to come up with a daily plan for how to use this app in the classroom.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, goal-setting, set objectives, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Release date: March 6, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 38.70 MB
  • Publisher: Paul Pilone
  • Version: 1.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: December 20, 2018

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