The school year is a crazy time for families. Between homework, after school activities, practices, games, and the occasional doctor appointment and birthday party, it can be downright overwhelming to plan and stay on schedule. Add in evenings full of homework help. Raise your hand if you remember fractions. Anyone? Luckily for us, we live in the 21st century, where technology can be a parent's best friend. These Apple and Android apps will help keep you all on the honor roll.

Homework

School A to Z. This app isn't just for you. While it helps you help your child with homework using the Maths A to Z, English A to Z, and Technology A to Z options, it will also help your child learn while having fun. It includes the Spelling Bee Game and Maths Monkeys Times Tables. Plus, there's a handy assignment starter option to help inspire and motivate your child. Download from iTunes.

Overdrive Media Console. Reading has never been easier or cheaper. With this app, you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your public or school library just like you do with printed books. Browse your library's collection on the web, check it out with a valid library card, and download it right to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Perfect for when your child forgets their reading homework at school. Download from iTunes.

Schedule

TeamSnap. This app is perfect for parents of athletes, especially if you also happen to be the coach. You can create a roster and a team schedule, upload photos, send team messages, and find maps to your games and events. Download from iTunes or Google Play.

Cozi Family Organizer. This app will keep everyone on the same schedule with the shared calendar. You can also share grocery lists and to do lists, and create a family journal. Download from iTunes or Google Play.

Organization

Splash Shopper. This goes beyond helping you grocery shop. It helps you shop for everything including pet items and gifts while also keeping track of your to-dos. You can track prices, create lists, and check off items. Available for Android and iPhone.

Food on the Table. It's hard for busy parents to find time to cook, let alone plan a menu. But with this app, you can do both. Plan a weekly menu, shop based on coupons and sales, find kid friendly recipes, and maybe even enjoy cooking! Download from iTunes.

Technology is here to stay, so we might as well use it to our advantage. Keep track of the kids, and keep track of yourself this school year, so you can stay calm, organized, and focused.