Today I begin to review the homework agendas. I had a little setback, as I was going to start with the ones reviewed in the article I posted the other day only to find out that many of them were either no longer available, or not available in Canada.
Fine then. Be that way stilly app store.
So I resorted to typing in “homework” on the app store and choosing one that caught my eye. The first one I tried was The Homework App. There is a free version, which means you’ll get ads and an upgraded version for a U.S. dollar, which means there are no ads and a few added features, including one that I am particularly excited about, sub-tasks.
The clean, block like interface caught my eye. This is how it looks like when you open it:
To begin you tap the + sign in the upper right corner. It will take you automatically to adding a task:
When you tap on the subject heading, you can then add all of your subjects, colour coding them of course!
And here is the part I really like, the sub tasks! Say you have a big project due, like an English essay or ahem, a science fair project. You can have your own big task and then list all of the little steps inside that big task:
Of course the only problem with this is that you cannot set a reminder for each of the due dates of the sub tasks. Nor can you repeat a reminder on the actual task, unlike the built-in reminders app on the iPad.
You can also add a classification to your task. Eg. Is it an exam, essay, etc.?:
Hmmm. As I wrote this, the app closed on me and it deleted everything I just did. That is worrisome…
Here is how a completed task looks like:
Here is how it looks when you have several tasks to complete:
Where this app fails spectacularly is in the calendar option. It is a built-in calendar and does not sync with iCal or google. But most importantly, it doesn’t really work. It says to pinch out to zoom, but I’ve tried and tried and the thing won’t budge. I have had to tap several times to be able to move forward. Although there is a dot below the date when an assignment is due, that’s about it. There is no broad view of what the upcoming week looks like:
So. How does The Homework app stack up to our criteria?
- Easy and quick to use: (2/2)
Yes. The Homework app is simple to use. It was as easy as reminders, even a little more easy. Adding subjects and classifications was also a nice touch.
- Clean, intuitive interface: (2/2)
Yes. Lovely, simple and elegant interface. Not too crowded and not too many bells and whistles. It is as intuitive as finding the + sign and adding your tasks.
- Different views (daily, weekly, monthly) of all assignments:(0/3)
Epic fail. Although you can sort your tasks by due date or by subject or by importance, the only view is a list of tasks. The calendar app should have addressed this but it didn’t work very well. All I could see was a cursory monthly view.
- Different colours for different classes:(1/1)
Yes! It was very pretty.
- Alerts for assignments (.5/1)
Yes, though there were no repeat options on the tasks and you could not add a due date to the sub-tasks.
- If not free, then cheap (2/2)
Yes. The free version is pretty good though you cannot add sub-tasks and the upgraded version is only a dollar.
- Easily synced with your other devices: (0/3)
No. It doesn’t sync with anything which is a major drawback. I think they are making an upgraded version that will cost $2/year that will allow you to sync with all your devices, but it hasn’t happened yet. This is something you can only use on your iPad.