MATH, LANGUAGES, HISTORY: WHATEVER THE SUBJECT, THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Students of all ages head back to classrooms this month, and while the end of summer can be tough, there are a few technology tools that can help make learning a little more fun for students and users of all ages.

FREEDOM

Freedom is a self-control app that restricts users’ access to other features of their phones or computers during study sessions. The app allows users to customize a list of distractions, such as the internet, social media, and other apps, and then blocks them during the user-determined timeframe. Once the user begins the study session, he or she will not be able to access anything listed as a distraction, forcing them to be productive.

WE ASKED LOCALS WHO GOT THEIR EDUCATION IN THE LOWCOUNTRY: "WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER AND WHY?"

ANDREW CARMINES

“Ms. Gray at Hilton Head Island High School was my geometry teacher, and she had a way of teaching that made something difficult very easy and actually made me love it. 

The Lowcountry's most adorable animals are here. More than 2,400 people voted and local judges chose a winner.

TAKE FIDO OUT TO BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER

THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS ARE PET FRIENDLY. SOME EVEN OFFER MENUS FOR FOUR-LEGGED DINERS.

LOCAL VETERINARIAN DR. TRACY DUFFNER SPECIALIZES IN TREATING EXOTIC ANIMALS. HERE, SHE SHARES SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT THEM

Advice from Dr. Tracy Duffner

“Husbandry is the most important part of owning an exotic pet — 90% of what I have to do with exotic pets has to do with improper environment or care conditions.”

“If you are thinking about getting an exotic pet, make sure to reach out to an exotic pet vet first to learn about the care needs and commitment the animal will require.”

ESCAPE THE HEAT WITH INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Ah, the great outdoors, where humidity renders eyeglasses completely opaque, the no-see-ums attack us, and the summer sun wants nothing less than to roast our skin to an angry red.

Sure, it’s not all bad. But the fact is there are times where the great outdoors can be a little bit too much. There comes a time when a little air-conditioned comfort is called for, when we yearn for some kind of indoor diversion while we recharge for our next outdoor foray.

cutestpets2PAMPERING PETS IS STUART AND BRECKEN CAMPAGNA’S PASSION

A flat-screen TV, classical music, freshly fluffed pillows topped with a mint: The amenities would have even the most discerning hotel guests drooling.

Of course, drooling is second nature to the four-legged visitors at Southpaw Pet Resort on Hilton Head Island’s north end — especially when there are treats involved.

Animal LeagueAIR TRAVEL OPENS NEW DOOR FOR SHELTER DOGS HELPED BY PALMETTO ANIMAL LEAGUE

Palmetto Animal League has spent years working on strategies to get homeless animals adopted: An extensive foster care network, a spay/neuter program, an easy-to-access adoption center.

But it’s the nonprofit group’s latest strategy that’s really taking off. PAL’s transport program turns to “freedom flights” to send at-risk shelter animals in Beaufort, Jasper and nearby counties to no-kill shelters in the north that are less crowded.

THE DISCOVERY MAKES MARINE EDUCATION FUN

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Some of the Lowcountry’s future marine biologists will have discovered their vocation on the Discovery, which takes kids out on the water to do real science.

Educational excursions aboard the 45-foot catamaran have offered students from May River High School, Hilton Head Christian Academy, Hilton Head Preparatory School and other area public and private schools what environmental educators call “placebased” lessons — their focus is the natural environment where the kids live.