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Best Apps and Sites for Improving Executive Function

Executive function -- how to plan, organize, remember, and carry out tasks as well as manage emotions -- is tied closely to success in school and life. From managing projects to completing work to just showing up on time, executive function skills make us more productive and successful not to mention conscientious and collaborative. Just about everyone struggles with these skills, and some students face significant challenges. While tech doesn't solve executive function challenges, these apps and sites will help students help get on the right path whether they're in preschool or high school, just need a little extra help or have special needs.

If you're looking to help students recognize and manage their emotions, check out our list of Emotional Intelligence Apps and Games

Thinking Time Pro - Cognitive Skills for Early Learning Publisher: Kiko Labs Inc.
Challenging games stress memory, logic, impulse control, flexibility
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Choiceworks Publisher: Bee Visual LLC
Practical, flexible life-skills diagrams build executive functions
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Todo Telling Time Publisher: Locomotive Labs
Top-notch tool for teaching time, from minutes to months
Grades Pre-K-2
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Social Stories Publisher: PufferFish Software Inc.
Quick and simple behavior-reinforcement tool for kids with autism
Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
My Video Schedule Publisher: Acceptional Possibilities, LLC.
Special-needs scheduler for daily tasks; customizable for kids' use
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Goalbook Toolkit Visit Website: https://goalbookapp.com/toolkit-info/
Set tailored targets with pricey but worth-it kit of tools, strategies
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD Publisher: Good Karma Applications, Inc
Useful multisensory tool teaches self-direction and follow-through
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price $21.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Remind Visit Website: https://www.remind.com/
Teachers' text reminders give students -- and parents -- a reason to check their phones
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Time Timer Publisher: Time Timer LLC
Easily conceptualize, manage, and visualize time
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price $1.99-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
MindMeister Visit Website: http://www.mindmeister.com
Powerful mind mapper aimed at adults, simple enough for older kids
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
WorkFlowy Visit Website: http://www.workflowy.com
Simple tool helps teachers and students make lists, get organized
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Corkulous Publisher: Appigo
Brainstorm, organize, and present on this tidy virtual corkboard
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Evernote Publisher: Evernote
Impressive organizational tool has limitless uses
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Notability Publisher: Ginger Labs
Flexible note-taking tool empowers learners of all abilities
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Microsoft OneNote Publisher: Microsoft
Mobile version of a note-taking giant, now built for flexible, collaborative work
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Fetchnotes - Shared Notes, Personal Reminders & To Do Lists Publisher: Fetchnotes
Simple, convenient tool for capturing, organizing info on the go
Grades 11-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated