There are tons of apps out there geared toward students. But, not all of them offer exactly the support that students need most. When it comes to academic life, function is often much more important than looks and perks, and way too many apps neglect the basic things students really need. Because most of us don’t have the time to download every academic app and see which work best, I’ve collected some of the apps that have seemed to stand the test of time and have also received rave review from students across the world. Here are some top apps for college students that will always be worth the download:
For students looking for an app that will help them take and organize notes, this is by far one of the best. Students can sync Evernote to their mobile devices and personal computers and take notes from anywhere. It helps organize current thought processes and find old notes quickly and easily. It also records audio notes and includes tons of features designed especially for students. Check it out for free here.
We all love being able to access study materials, textbooks, academic articles, and all other research materials in an online format. The only problem is it makes it harder to physically take notes, highlight and organize our research materials. This is where Diigo comes in handy. Users can read and highlight within text and image files, so it makes it easier to take notes in the same way as you would with physical documents. It’s also great for organizing and sharing resources. Try it here.
This is an absolute must for any college student who does a good amount of writing and researching. This app brings Wikipedia straight to your mobile device and is specifically designed to streamline access on a mobile. Students have access to open source information on the go and it’s really handy to use during class. Download the free app here.
4. Rate My Professors
Whether you need info on a current professor or would like to check out your options for future courses, the first place to go is RateMyProfessor. Designed for both Android an iPhone devices, this app allows students to have access to information about any professor in the database while on the go. Perfect for quick searches during course registration. Try it out here.
Caroline Ross is a former educator who writes for www.accreditedonlineuniversities.com. She is an avid reader and advocate for global education and equality. Please submit any comments or feedback in the section below!
Want an easy way to keep in contact with a group on a field trip, or parents to remind them of netball practice tonight, or tell School Board that tonight’s meeting has moved as there’s been a flood in the meeting room?
Well Cel.ly might be just what you’re looking for.
Celly is a platform of tools that enhances school communication.
Create cells, instant mobile networks that connect your school
Members can join a cell by texting or logging in to the web
Here’s some examples:
Celly instantly transforms a classroom into a private communication network where teachers and students can stay connected inside and outside the classroom. Teachers and students can create any number of study group cells to communicate about
For example, teachers can instigate discussion topics, post links to relevant information, and offer suggestions. Classmates can stay connected beyond school hours to coordinate activities and collaborate on homework. Cells provide a persistent activity stream that can be searched as a reference. Phone numbers are kept private and are never exchanged between users so teachers and students can communicate safely without privacy issues. To make sure comments remain on-topic and avoid redundancy, teachers can optionally “curate” messages. When a message comes in, the teacher can first filter the message and approve it before it is broadcast to all members of the cell.
Clickers & Polling
To help classroom assessement, Celly can be used as a multiple-choice polling or clicker application from the web or via text messaging. Teachers can post questions and receive instantaneous responses. Questions and polls can be sent from the Celly website and student answers can be displayed using the web interface.
Conduct a 5 minute quiz each morning to get a general assessment of where the class stands on a homework assignment or an upcoming quiz
Works well with multiple choice test prep for science and math classes
Conduct school-wide polls to get the opinion of all students and staff members
There’s a dedicated poll view that graphs the current results and shows the percentage of cell members who have voted. Polls are updated in realtime so you can watch them live.
A New Zealand Primary School has banned students from bringing mobile phones to school after an incident involving a student bring an older siblings phone to school with a sexually explicit South Park clip on it.
Students who were shown the clip were upset enough to report it. The school promptly dealt with the parties involved.
Now students will be asked to turn in their mobiles at the start of the school day and have them returned at going home time.
Mobile phones are ubiquitous among students, both in college and K-12. And while some schools shun the use of cell phones, others are embracing them as a powerful tool. Marketing, learning, and mobile access are just some of the ways academia is taking advantage of what mobile has to offer. Read on, and we’ll take a look at nine interesting ways that mobile devices are making their way into academia. Continue reading →