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Students Speak out about Their Favorite Apps

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Caitlyn - CLE MontereyBy Caitlyn Johnson, Student Services Coordinator

These days our students use apps for all sorts of things. From help with academics and organization to planning their social lives, technology has been crucial in helping our students navigate their path toward independence. Here are some of the apps that our students at CLE Monterey find most helpful and fun to use.

Note Shelf

NoteshelfNote-Shelf is a note-taking app on your tablet with several different appealing features to students. Students can choose their own paper style, have a choice of different color “pens”, use of highlighters, and can even create a cover for their notebook. Students can even use their live scribe pens in conjunction with the app.

Zane, a third year student at CLE who always has his iPad out said, “I like the custom papers and covers the most. I use it for my math class and it even has a Cornell note option.” He would recommend it to other students to use in their class and said, “It’s perfect for making note taking a little simpler.”


Habit RPGHabitRPG is an app dedicated to creating positive habits like cleaning your room, emptying the dishwasher, or finishing your homework. Once you complete the task on your list, you receive a positive outcome in the online game. Some of the positive outcomes may include more health, moving up a level, or getting pets. If you fail to complete your tasks, your health will drop in the game. This app provides instant gratification for students completing their everyday chores.

Logan who is in the middle of his first semester at CLE said, “I like how the app merges real life with a video game. It incentivizes us video gamers who love doing questing to make good use of the tasks we create for ourselves, and completing them on time. Once you start playing, doing tasks becomes fun. It blends my life with a video game and allows me to be productive at the same time.”


SwypeStudents use the app Swype when texting their friends. Swype is an app where you don’t have to lift your finger to text. You swipe from letter to letter and the app predicts the word you want. The app also lets you create your own word dictionary of commonly used words.

Jovanni Rodriguez, who is working on his vocational goal said, “My favorite part is the auto-correction when I text. It corrects words as I swipe.” He continued to say “Swype is just quicker and easier.” Jovanni uses Swype to communicate with his friends and plan their next social activity.

Whether you’re using an app for class, to complete your chores, or hang out with friends, there’s something for everyone.


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