Ask LH: Which Productivity Apps Should I Introduce To My Kids?

Dear Lifehacker,
I’d like to introduce my early high school children to using productivity tools on the computer (cloud or local). Off the top of my head, I’m thinking Evernote and Wunderlist — could Lifehacker suggest some approaches and tools that might be helpful? Thanks, Productive Parent

Dear PP,

Which productivity apps work best for your kids will depend on which subjects they’re tackling, but there are a few standout applications worth keeping in mind.

If you’re talking homework, having a cloud-based (and school accessible — so it’d pay to check what’s blocked and what’s accessible) storage solution, be it Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive or similar can be a real boon, because it removes issues around “leaving homework at home”. Evernote is a solid suggestion for that exact reason. Keep in mind as well that anything that’s Cloud based should be safely locked down, depending on the nature of the material your kids are producing.

In wider terms, many of the apps on our Lifehacker Pack lists — here’s the PC list, and here’s the Mac list — can have solid productivity gains, whether it’s faster PDF opening, easy image editing or straight office document creation.

Any Lifehacker readers have their own personal favourite productivity apps they’ve used with their kids?


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