At the University where I teach, the Spring semester is in full swing. Students, Faculty, and Staff are settling in and getting into a good routine. One of the things I’ve noticed is that tablets are becoming a lot more popular among students, and for good reason! You can download textbooks, take notes, and stay organized; and there are tons of apps out there to help! While I won’t cover the basic/common apps (like Kindle or Google Books for textbooks), I do have 10 apps designed for both students and Android tablets.
In my years in college, the times I spent in the library were probably the most boring. The second most boring and frustrating times were spent writing research papers. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy writing, but research papers? Not usually. That’s why when I come across tools that make both my time in the library and my time doing research papers easier, I get excited.
Enter Cite This for Android. This handy little app makes formatting the citations for the books for researching very simple. Seriously, all you’ve got to do is create a project, add a reference, and scan a bar code. You can even choose which popular format you’ll need it exported into.
With collecting and citing references done this easily, see if you can imagine how else you can shorten your stint in the library. Maybe you can collect the citation information, find the pages in the book you want to reference, and grab pics of them with your phone for reading later in the dorm or at home. Either way, Cite This can make those citations easy (and slightly more fun).
Smartphones have really changed the way we do things! We are more productive, more entertained, and there is an app for just about anything we want to do. With school right around the corner (here in the USA at least), I thought it would be a good time to look at a bunch of apps that help make you a better student.
Following on from my Kids With Mobile Phones article, I’d like to share my thoughts on the continuing rise of mobile technology in education. The growing popularity of tablets and iBooks has led to their increased adoption in schools, but while they may offer the potential for a richer learning experience, they also offer a greater potential for distraction and disruption.