Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated September 2014
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Student organizer has helpful features, but can be clunky, inflexible

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Pros: Ability to set devices to automatically go silent or vibrate during class time is a very helpful feature.

Cons: Homework assignments can't be marked as completed, but automatically appear as completed after the due date passes.

Bottom Line: Much of what the tool does is done better with other apps, but the auto-silence feature alone is worth the free download.

Other options (Google Calendar, for example) are universally available, easier to navigate, and provide sharing options, making them better choices for homework scheduling. Teachers may find Studious a worthy download simply for the automatic silencing options, however. Teachers could have students download the free app, set up their class time, and then set their devices to airplane mode, silent, or vibrate during classtime. Teachers may find it handy for their own personal devices as well, so their phones vibrate during instructional time rather than emit a distracting ringtone.

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Studious is a free, ad-driven organizational tool for high school and college students. Students first set up their class schedules, assigning each class a time, icon, and color. They then can choose a ringer mode for their device -- silent, vibrate, airplane mode, or normal mode -- for that class. Within each course, students can add homework, tests, and notes. On the calendar, they can view their assignments for a given day, color-coded by class.

The best feature of Studious is the user's ability to set the device to silent or vibrate during specific courses. That feature only works, however, if the app is left running -- not closed via the task manager. Navigating the calendar and courses isn't intuitive and requires using the device's back arrow rather than in-app navigation. Although students can set reminders about assignments and homework, there's no way to check off that work is completed; it simply moves to the completed list automatically after the due date passes.

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Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Tracking assignments and taking notes within this calendaring app helps kids stay organized, but they have to put in effort up front to enter the necessary information.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Students can learn to take responsibility for their own schedules and assignments. Setting up the device to be silent or vibrate during class allows students to focus without distractions.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Different classes can be categorized by color. Students will receive notifications of upcoming assignments if they set reminders, but no sharing options faciliate collaboration.

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