For students, the Apple Watch can be more than an expensive iPhone accessory. It can aid in learning and navigating daily life in academia. At least that’s what the brains at Penn State believe, as they’ve been testing the Watch learning tool with students. Meanwhile, universities in London are considering an outright ban of the Apple Watch, which they see as a tool to aid in cheating.
Whatever the case, the Apple Watch is here, and the App Store is loaded with apps squarely aimed at students. Here are some of the best.
Weather Alarm: all seasons live and forecast alerts ($1.99) – A storm brewing and your class is on the other side of campus? The Weather Alarm app will send you a notification, giving you a good reason to stay in bed binge-watching Netflix.
Communal (Free) – Social media apps make up a large percentage of a college student’s smartphone use, most likely because there are just too many social networks and sites. Communal saves time by putting Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Foursquare notifications all in one place.
Places Around ($1.99) – Looking to grab some late night pizza or need some cash for the bar cover? With the Places Around app Watch users can search for nearby restaurants, ATMs, and other useful points of interest, as well as get directions, and read Yelp reviews.
iTranslate (Free) – Imagine being able to speak over 90 languages with the flick of your wrist. iTranslate claims its Watch app can help you do just that. With spoken translations through the Apple Watch microphone you can quickly find out where the bathroom is.
Groupon (Free) – Looking to save some money for a post-finals massage? The Groupon Watch app continually searches for nearby discounts so that students can find the deals closest to them.
Shazam (Free) – Can’t shake the feeling that you need to know the name of the song playing at the bar? The Shazam Watch app is similar to the iPhone version but allows you to find song info quickly and easily.
Born2Bike (Free for iPhone, $1.99 for Watch) – Bike rental stations are a great option for those looking to bike without the responsibility of owning one. Born2Bike helps users find nearby rental stations and indicates how many bikes and spaces are available. The app is free for the iPhone but users will have to pay $1.99 for the Watch version.
PowerPoint (Free) – PowerPoint presentations are a staple of the college experience and the Apple Watch app will help you perfect them. A peek down at the Watch face will show your presentation information, including its running time, slide number, and remaining slides, as well as basic navigation controls.
Todoist (Free) – Students run busy lives with all the assignments, group projects, and interviews, so they are sure to forget some things along the way. The Todoist app offers a simple checklist for Watch users to remind them to pick up coffee for the next all-nighter, and other important tasks.
Uber (Free) – Uber is often times cheaper than taxis and just about always more convenient. The Uber Watch app is scaled down from its iOS counterpart, and just as easy to use. It displays a driver’s distance and includes a ride request button for a quick and easy getaway.
Traveler’s Rights (Free) – Did you know that public displays of affection are illegal in Egypt? The Traveler’s Rights app is filled with laws such as this to help you stay out of trouble when traveling abroad.
Flashcards+ (Free) – Flashcards are a student’s best friend, but when you’re cramming for exams who has the time to make them? Thanks to Chegg’s Flashcard+ app users can download pre-made decks for a quick study session or make their own personalized deck and share it with classmates.
Yummly (Free) – Unless they go to Cordon Bleu, a college student’s diet probably consists of Ramen noodles and old pizza. With Yummly, Watch users can expand their dietary options by searching millions of recipes. The best part is that students can get the ingredients delivered straight to the dorm thanks to Instacart integration.
Evernote (Free) – College students use a multitude of different mobile devices and it can be easy to forget where you saved a file. The Evernote app syncs notes, contacts, and appointments across all your devices so that you always have the right device.
CityMapper (Free) – CityMapper is the perfect navigation app for students who are new to a city or those just prone to getting lost. The Watch app guides you around the city with real-time public transit updates, including delays, and you can even catch a quick ride with Uber integration.