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CourseNotes by Dear Panda LLC

Ever look back on your hand-written notes and wonder if perhaps, you weren’t drunk when you wrote them? I mean, what… exactly… does that say? I… think… I was writing in English. Let’s face it; even chickens would be offended if someone referred to your hand writing as chicken scratch.

For students, taking notes is a requirement. Sometimes the worse thing about compiling notes is having to organize, decipher, and paw your way through them, in a desperate attempt to find that one thing you’re pretty sure you wrote, somewhere… maybe.

CourseNotes iPad education app

Well, those days are no more, thanks to CourseNotes by Dear Panda LLC. When installed on your iPad, CourseNotes enables you to record, organize, print, and share your notes with ease. For example, you can share notes peer-to-peer, via email, or with other CourseNotes junkies, through mediums like Bluetooth, or a local network. Furthermore, you can upload your notes to Facebook, or email them to yourself, for full-time access, regardless of your location. Why not make Facebook an all-access informational hub? Now classmates can submit and access information from any device, at any time. With CourseNotes, sharing information doesn’t have to be a one-way street. Others CourseNotes jockeys can send you their notes. It’s ‘bout time!

With CourseNotes, information is primarily entered through the iPad’s virtual keyboard. So, say goodbye to random notes scribbled on crumpled pieces of paper. Now everyone will be able to read your notes, including yourself. Thanks to CourseNotes, your script will be entirely legible. This is due to the fact that your notes are typed, not hand written. Once more, CourseNotes enables you to format your text, i.e. bold, italics, and underline.

Another clear advantage to CourseNotes is the ability to easily organize your notes. Start by creating subject “folders”, i.e. math, chemistry, basket weaving, etc. Now you’re free to start taking notes. While you’re at it, you can also do all of the following, on the fly:

  • Start a new note, including a quick session
  • Review your last note session
  • Access a lexicon of terms and definitions for each subject
  • Copy sessions from other devices
  • Create, and maintain a unified ToDo list for each subject

In short, CourseNotes turns you into a scholastic multitasking machine. This ferociously versatile app allows you to review notes, not only by subject matter, but also by individual class sessions. Furthermore, it allows you to sync your assignments with the iPad calendar. CourseNotes doesn’t stop there. You can also access the integrated study sheets, and other educational content.

Finally, it should be stated that CourseNotes fully supports iOS 4.2. Therefore, it also enables over-the-air printing via AirPrint. Is there anything this app cant’t do? Get yours now.

Download CourseNotes for iPad

Still not sure. See the demo video below.

Kindle by AMZN Mobile LLC

If reading’s your thing, check out the Kindle app by AMZN Mobile LLC. Optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, the Kindle app offers unprecedented access to over 950,000 Kindle books. Also with Amazon Kindle, you’ll find dozens of newspapers, and a myriad of weekly/monthly magazines. Now you can finally access all your favorite literary works, all on one beautiful, easy-to-use interface.

The Kindle app includes Amazon Whispersync. Whispersync monitors your progress and automatically bookmarks the last page read. This takes place regardless of the format of the reading material. When you resume reading, Whispersync automatically forwards you to the location you left off, even if you’re using a different device.

So, whether you’re reading a book, newspaper, or magazine, get the best reading experience possible on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The Kindle app also gives you access to the following:

New releases

Including 107 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers. While more than 950,000 books are available on Amazon Kindle, approximately 610,000 are priced at $9.99 or less.


Visit the Kindle book Store, and peruse a staggering selection of over 100 newspapers and magazines, all renown for their high-resolution color images (Selection and price may vary by country). Not surprisingly, Amazon Kindle carries some of the biggest names in the industry, including Newsweek and Time. Publications can be purchased individually, or as a yearly subscription. Monthly/weekly editions are automatically delivered electronically.

Free Book Samples

Read the first chapter at no cost, and decide if it’s for you. There’s no obligation to buy.


Enhance your reading experience by customizing options such as font size and background color. You can also switch between portrait and landscape mode.

An Instant Dictionary

This feature gives you immediate access to over 250,000 entries and definitions. Simply tap and hold a word and the definition will appear. The Kindle app also provides Google and Wikipedia links to get even more information.

Content Search

The Kindle app allows you to search the contents of a book to find specific information. You can search for items such as characters, topics, and even specific sections that you’d like to revisit.

Ease of Use

Simply tapping or swiping either side of the screen can turn pages.


Your Kindle books can be read on numerous other devices, including the following:

  • Kindle
  • Kindle 3G
  • Kindle DX
  • Kindle Fire
  • PC
  • Mac
  • BlackBerry
  • Android based devices
  • Windows Phone 7-based devices

So, buy it, already!

Download Kindle for iPad

Graphing Calculator by Appcylon LLC

As stated on the iTunes Preview page:

Time Magazine selected “Graphing Calculator” as one of the top 10 back-to-school iPhone applications. No, seriously! Check it.

Attention science geeks! Hold on to your pocket protectors and slide rulers, ‘cause this is about to get heavy. We’s layin’ down the schizzle, ‘bout the 411, on the L.L.C… YO! Or, something like that. I don’t know! GET OFF ME! I ain’t street…

Graphing Calculator app for iPad

Graphing Calculator is a high-resolution, multitasking, two-in-one app. First, it’s a powerful, yet easy-to-use scientific calculator. That being said, it serves equally well as a function plotter. This highly versatile and educational iPad app comes loaded with a slew of features, including compatibility with the iPhone’s retina display . The custom keyboard speeds the process of entering equations. In terms of function, Graphing Calculator supports the graphing of polar and parametric equations, including graphing inequalities.

Graphing Calculator can be used in either portrait, or landscape modes. Furthermore, graphs can be displayed on a multitude of devices, including TVs, projectors, and/or external monitors. This is accomplished via Apple’s VGA adapter (iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and 4th gen iPod only). Graphing Calculator doesn’t stop there. You can also use it to take screen shots, and/or email graphs to others, including yourself.

In short, Graphing Calculator gets it done. Check out this impressive list of functions (as stated on the iTunes Preview page).

With Graphing Calculator, you can do the following:

  • Quickly plot and trace multiple equations on the same graph.
  • Pinch to zoom and drag/slide for scrolling the graph in real time.
  • Evaluate your graphs at any x value using the calculator screen.
  • Find the exact (x,y) coordinates for roots, intersections, minimums and maximums using the trace mode.
  • Provides conditional statements allow the user to restrict the domain and graph piece-wise functions.

Once more, Graphing Calculator supports all of the following functions:

Abs, Acos, Acosh, Acot, Acoth, Acsc, Acsch, Asec, Asech, Asin, Asinh, Atan, Atan2, Atanh, Ceil, Cos, Cosh, Cot, Coth, Csc, Csch, Deg2rad, Exp, Floor, Gamma, Gcd, Lcm, Lgamma, Ln, Log2, Log10, Logbase, Max, Min, Mod, nCr, nPr, Nroot, Rad2deg, Rand, Sec, Sech, Sin, Sinh, Sqrt, Tan, Tanh.

What’s New in Version 1.4.0

Improved function tracing performance

The pan/pinch gesture handling code has been completely rewritten. A diagonal pinch no longer affects a grid’s aspect ratio, resulting in a proper proportional zoom. Now, the y-axis is modified by a near vertical pinch, while the x-axis is affected by a near horizontal pinch.

BTW, if I knew what any of the above meant, I’d like, TOTALLY get one. Get yours today, Smarty Pants:

Download Graphing Calculator for iPad


In conclusion, I’ve spent, like WAY too much time on this article, and I am like, SO glad it’s done. Throw a guy a bone, and buy an app already. You’ll be a better person for it. Oh! And, good luck in school. Remember, I believe children are the future. One last thing! I also want you to know, that I know, in all likeliness, you’ll throw my $4 in the old folk’s home, the second you get the chance. *Shakes fist, and mumbles something about whippersnappers*

See Also:

Handy Educational Apps for iPad Part 1
Handy Educational Apps for iPad Part 2

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