Read about mobile applications that support college students in daily academic tasks.
These apps will make you extremely “appy!”
Wolfram Alpha ($2.99)
Wolfram Alpha includes “knowledge” from multiple disciplines such as math or chemistry. Insert any problem, and Wolfram Alpha provides an answer AND sequenced steps for calculation. Best to use to CHECK your work. The website is free: www.wolframalpha.com
This free bibliography generator enables users to create MLA, APA, and other citation styles by scanning bar codes on books. Resources may be built, managed, and exported for use.
FlipBoard provides a platform for students to collect news, articles, etc. and to read material in a personalized magazine-style format. FlipBoard combines Pinterest-like organization with Facebook-style communication…..all in one platform. This app could be used for school, current events, or fun.
Make, study, and share flashcards for all subjects using this multimedia flashcard app.
Dragon Dictation (Free)
Dragon Dictation uses voice recognition to transcribe notes, thoughts, papers, etc.
Download: App Store
Dictionary.com includes many tools beyond traditional dictionary definitions or synonyms. Dictionary.com does not require spelling skills—voice recognition provides a means to search for words. In addition, unknown words may be decoded using the audio icon.
EverNote provides students with a way to take and organize handwritten or voice recorded notes on multiple devices through syncing capabilities.
DropBox stores photos, videos, and documents….for free! In addition, students may access DropBox from any computer or work collaboratively on documents through the sharing option.
Google Hangout (Free)
Google Hangout allows live video conferencing with up to ten participants at a time. Collaborate with group members at school or with family back home.
Tired of Power Point? Many apps (like iMovie) provide video creation capabilities, but this app is free! Create movies using videos, photos, music, and more. Another free video app is Animoto!
Download: App Store
Note: Many of the listed apps promote 21st century literacy skills, which include new ways to locate, organize, collaborate, and communicate information. To learn more about 21st century literacy skills, read “Defining Literacy in the 21st Century: A Guide to Terminology and Skills,” by Jodi Pilgrim and Elda Martinez.
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