Diigo: The all-in-one research tool

Research is part of our everyday lives. Often times however, we forget the information learned while researching or lose track of where the information was found. This can become especially challenging when citing sources in a paper or writing a bibliography. Diigo is your answer!

Diigo is an online tool that provides a browser add-on that significantly improves research productivity. It allows users to bookmark and tag websites, but you can highlight portions of web pages or even apply sticky notes. The browser add-on will remember the highlights and sticky notes for future visits to the website as well. This means that the Diigo servers hold your entire collection of comments and highlights making it extremely easy to search, access, sort and share with friends of peers.

Diigo also keeps us green by substantially reducing the need to print WebPages onto paper.

So start Diigo-ing!

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Evernote

Evernote is an online tool designed to make remembering things easy.  It allows users to store notes, documents, audio, photographs, and the like all in one place.  It is great for keeping things in sync, organizing, creating lists, saving web pages, researching material, working with peers and so much more.  This means that it can help students in almost all aspects of school. It stores and edits notes so that the user can access and edit them on multiple machines. It also gives the user an added advantage of being able to save and synchronize files across all digital library devices automatically!  If you are someone who has a hard time keeping track of where you left off on a paper or what sources you used, this is the tool for you!

 

You are probably wondering how Evernote is different from Dropbox. Well Dropbox is the best for syncing files among various platforms where Evernote is best for collecting and organizing information. This means that both tools are great to use in conjunction. 

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Quizlet

Memorizing a lot of information can be extremely daunting. Quizlet is an online learning tool used to help prepare students for upcoming tests and exams that require a lot of memorization. Quizlet lets students learn their own way and allows them to track their own progress.

Students can either enter their own information into the site or use existing tests that previous peers have already created.  Quizlet has various modes allowing students to work at their own pace.  One can first familiarize themselves with their newly created flashcards or they can choose to be tested. Quizlet has the ability to create matching, multiple choice, random, or ordered tests. If the student answers the term or definition correctly, Quizlet will move on. If the student is incorrect however, the term or definition will get cycled back into the deck of flashcards to be tested again.

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Three Apps for Learning

We check our smart phones multiple times throughout the day. From Facebook to Twitter we are always connected to the world. Most of us treat our phones as a “must-carry” item and it is as important as our house key. So, it only makes sense to use our phones as a learning tool. Below you will find apps that are related to learning and organization. This list of apps is for Apple users. I will make a future post for Windows and Android users as well.

iHomework ($0.99)

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS
Keep track of all the upcoming work for the school year.

READING AND BOOKS
Keep track of any reading assignments you have during the week.

REMINDERS
Remember what you need at the grocery store with Reminders.

COURSES
Keep track of your course information and teacher contact info.

SCHEDULE
iHomework lets you record class times no matter what kind of schedule your school is on.

TEACHERS
Keep track of your teacher’s contact information.

SYNC
iHomework is the only school organizer available for iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, and Mac.

For a full list of features click here.

 

 

iStudiez Pro ($0.99)

ORGANIZING YOUR SCHEDULE
Unique built-in planner lets you input and easy manage all types of schedules including classic, alternating (A & B weeks), rotating and block schedule.

FOLLOWING UP WITH YOUR HOMEWORK
Special section is dedicated to keep track of your homework and assignments. Whatever is the way you are used to manage your tasks, you will find it all in iStudiez Pro. Either you want to organize your assignments by date, by course or by priority, or sort them into pending and completed, you have all options at your hand.

SUMMARIZING IT UP FOR YOU
Once your schedule is added, the summary of current classes and tasks is automatically reflected in Today view.

TRACKING YOUR GRADE/GPA
This option is based on assignments (support of weighted/non-weighted assignments), and GPA calculator is available both for current and past semesters.

KEEPING YOU ALERT
The app boasts Push Notifications feature which allows you set general alarm time for your classes and separate alarms for each of your assignments and homework.

GUARDING YOUR DATA
No way you will ever lose your data if something’s wrong with your device. iStudiez Pro takes care of you and offers the option to back up your data by sending it to your e-mail address with tapping just one button!

For more information click here.

 

 

Flashcards+ (Free)

 

 

 

 

  • Flashcloud allows you to sync decks across devices and online. You can also share decks with friends.
  • Human quality voice synthesis in 22 languages with support for dialect and gender. Practice your pronunciation and retain more by listening to cards.
  • Integrated with Quizlet and Course Hero.
  • Auto-Play card audio by double clicking the speaker icon
  • Keep track of the cards you know by checking/unchecking them and only studying the ones you know or don’t know.
  • Filter decks to search for a specific card
  • Shuffle decks by shaking!

For more, click here.

Reference: apple.com/itunes

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Google Drive

Google drive is an online storage system provided by Google Inc. It allows you to upload all of your documents (pictures, music, video, documents, etc…) online. This allows you to access them from any computer, share them with others, and use it with other google suite products. All you need to do to go started is go here and sign in using your google email. Google drive starts you off with 5 gigs of storage for free which can be upgraded to more at a cost of $2.50 per month. The great thing about google drive is that you can download the google drive app onto any smartphone, tablet, or computer which gives you the option to access your files from any devices at any time. It is very user friendly and the learning curve is relatively easy.

So, how to we use this to learn?

1.) The beauty of google drive is that you are able to share your documents with others. Using this service will allow you to share information with group members when working on a project. All members can upload and view information shared on the drive.

2.) Having the ability to store all of your information online allows you to access the information anywhere at anytime.

3.) Information stored on google drive allows  you to interact with other google suite products such as google docs or google sites.

Click the link below for a how-to guide and further in-depth information.

Google Drive

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Study Blue

Study Blue  is an online tool that allows you to create flash cards, study guides, and quizzes. It is different from other sites because it adds the social interaction piece. You can share your material with friends anytime and anywhere. It syncs nicely with your mobile devices and allows you to learn on the go. Another great feature of Study Blue is the ability to search existing notes based on a particular subject.  Below is an informational video that demonstrates how to use Study Blue.

 

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Google Calendar

We often do not think of organization as an important part of learning. Having an effective way or organizing is key to learning. Google calendar allows you to manage your schedule, create reminders, and stay organized. You can add important dates, such as quizzes, organize your class schedule, and set reminders to study. You can share your calendar with others as well as export it to all of your mobile devices. Below is a quick tutorial on how to use google calendar.

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Flashcards

Often we need to memorize a large amount of information quickly. One way of accomplishing this is by creating flash cards. This can often be a tedious task. Flashcardmachine.com makes this process much easier by allowing you to create flash cards online which you can share with friends. Another feature allows you to store your flash cards onto your ipod which allows for studying on the go. Below is a “how to” video on using flash card machine.

 

Still unsure about using flash cards? Below is a infographic that describes the advantages of using flash cards.

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