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9 Best Apps and Sites to Improve Executive Function

Find out what apps and sites help students plan, organize, remember, and carry out tasks.

Ellen Holderman | June 27, 2014

For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we're featuring apps and sites for improving executive function. Executive function -- how to plan, organize, remember, and carry out tasks –- is tied closely to success in school and life. Many kids struggle with these skills, and for some kids, they present significant challenges. These apps and sites can help get them on the right path.

To see the most updated version of each app, game, or website, visit the Top Picks List:


my video schedule app

My Video Schedule
My Video Schedule is designed to help those who struggle with structure, time management, and motivation. With a teacher's careful use, its photo and video modeling of scheduled activities and behavior, along with its reward system, can help kids cope with many important parts of daily life. Read full review.

ftvs hd- first then visual schedule hd app

FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD
FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD is a simple but powerful multisensory tool designed to engage kids in learning and practicing independence, self-direction, and following through on scheduled activity sequences. The easy interface and choice of presentation formats make it accessible for most kids. Read full review.

goalbook toolkit

Goalbook Toolkit
Goalbook, a comprehensive tool for building and setting student learning goals, is intended for classroom teachers, special education coordinators, and administrators. Its specific, time-related goal-setting language supports IEP and UDL, and promotes a school's ability to meet the learning needs of all children. Read full review.

remember the milk app

Remember The Milk
Even though it wasn't created specifically for learning, Remember the Milk's easy user interface allows teachers and students to use it as a tool for task management, prioritizing time, and categorizing items within a system. Read full review.

time timer app

Time Timer
Time Timer is a productivity app that can help kids (or adults) focus on timed tasks as well as manage transitions and waiting. The customizable timers act as clear, colorful visuals to help kids represent such concepts as having a limited amount of time to complete a task or needing to wait for a certain amount of time. Read full review.

mindmeister website

MindMeister is a mind-mapping website with some great bonus features. Its dashboard immediately catalyzes creativity with pre-made sample mind maps and templates that range from basic brainstorming, To Do lists, and pre-writing to SWOT analysis, website planning, and meeting notes. Read full review.

corkulous app

Corkulous turns a mobile device into a virtual corkboard that can be used to brainstorm, list, and present ideas, projects, and presentations. Just like a traditional corkboard, Corkulous also allows users to organize photos, sticky notes, notecards, and lists. Read full review.

evernote app

This Cloud-based storage system allows users to create notes, snap images, make checklists, or record audio on one device and then make the information available on any other device. The interface is easy to use, especially for the touchscreen generation. Read full review.

notability app

This flexible app features multiple note-taking tools as well as sharing and organization options. On a single page of notes, for example, students can type, write, draw, highlight, record audio, cut, paste, and even insert multimedia content captured from websites.  Read full review.


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