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Right now, stocking up on stuff like notebooks, printer paper and erasable pens is a no-brainer—but only ingenious moms know which apps can turn a tablet or smartphone into a bona fide educational tool. (In other words, rather than play Minecraft or fire off random texts for hours, your tweens or teens could actually learn something!) Worthwhile options that don't feel like schoolwork abound for iOs, Android and Windows devices. Suggesting them might boost your cool mom cred—my two teens are impressed, at least a little, when I tip them off to an app they enjoy.