In the field of education there are many useful tools for both students and parents. Most districts have shifted from the traditional "computer lab" to mobile class sets of notebooks and tablets. With this change, many schools are also integrating the use of apps into core curriculum. Apps like iBook, Screenchomp, and Comic Book can be used to supplement curriculum and keep up with the demanding need for grabbing tech savvy students' attention.
My district bought me an iPad last year. I have used a few apps I found myself and also downloaded a few suggested by my leadership students for class projects. I use Remind 101 frequently to send one-way text messages to students and parents. I have also used a lot of video features, including Coach My Video, Game Your Video and YouTube, for demonstration of skills and assistance in evaluation and assessment. Last month our district purchased 300 tablets for student use but has not distributed them yet so I have not had a lot of opportunity to put technology, other than my own iPad, into the hands of students yet. For personal use, I have downloaded a ton of educational apps for my two year-old son. Our favorites are Baby Sign, Baby Sing and Sign, First Sounds, Agnitus, Kizzu's series of 100's, and lots of ebooks.