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This is one of the most addicting app games out there -- which is both good and bad. It's incredibly fun and engaging, bringing a twist to the match-three genre. But the game's aggressive pushing of expensive in-app purchases and increased difficulty in later levels make it better for older teens.

Canva - Photo Editor & Design App Poster Image
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A cloud-based graphic design tool for the Web and iPad. Users can upload their own images and create their own layouts or choose from thousands of built-in images and design templates. Features abound. A slick tool for even the most novice designer.

Curious - the game of lifelong learning App Poster Image
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Through a subscription, teens can access content that interests them to extend their learning. Whether they want to watch videos, read articles, or listen to interviews, kids can explore everything from STEM topics to music.

Dropbox App Poster Image
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Dropbox is a tool for storing, organizing, and sharing information, which then can be accessed from multiple devices. Once you start using it, you can't imagine living without it. Teens can save projects or papers and work on them at home, at school, or otherwise remotely.

Evernote App Poster Image
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This widely used productivity tool works across multiple platforms to facilitate access to lists, notes, images, sound, and links -- almost anything! -- from multiple devices. It can help kids improve their own technological savvy and learn to better organize their digital lives.

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Common Sense Tips

  • Download a range of essential apps that help teens build the foundation they need to pursue their interests, stay in touch with friends, play games, be creative, and more.
  • For many students, handing in papers simply means sharing them with teachers using apps such as iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive.