The Best Apps for your Education Temple University Russell Conwell Center Online Workshop By the end of this workshop, you should have some new tools to increase your productivity and achievement at Temple! GOAL General Apps Every Student Needs Sick of studying at the library but need the internet access? Wi-Fi Finder uses your GPS-monitored location to find open Wi-Fi networks nearby. Wi-Fi access points can be filtered by location type. Then, get directions to your location of choice, like the nearest coffee shop providing open internet access. Wi-Fi Finder (FREE) Click here for a brief review. The TUmobile app is specifically for Temple University students! Almost anything that you would like to have access to on the go can be found through this app. For example, have you ever wondered how crowded the TECH Center is, but weren’t close enough to a computer to find out? This app can tell you the percentages of computers available in each section! Tumobile (FREE) Read more about the TUmobile app here. Let’s face it – Blackboard should be your life! Many Temple professors use this nifty website to inform you about upcoming material and deadlines, relay your grades to you, and even to upload papers and post blogs. So what can be better than Blackboard right in the palm of your hands? Blackboard (FREE) Need assistance managing your expenses? Then this app (and free website account) is for you! First, you need to have an active and up to date account with mint.com. Then, download this app, and have access to a breakdown of your bank account balances right on your phone! Mint.com (FREE) Watch a video on the Android app or iPhone app. The free Dictionary.com app delivers world-class reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com Features: -1,000,000 words and definitions -90,000 synonyms and antonyms -Runs without internet access -Includes audio pronunciations and similarly spelled words Dictionary.com (FREE) Watch the commercial here. Networking and Professional Apps Linkedin is a professional networking site, which features an electronic version of your resume (AKA your profile), along with many other professionals’ in a variety of career fields. Linkedin (FREE) Organization Apps Any.DO is an app that helps you plan out your busy daily schedule, and move tasks around if you would like to get notifications at another time. If you think it is time to get a little bit more organized, this might be the app for you! Any.DO (FREE) Watch a video displaying some of the cool features here. myHomework is a tool for tracking homework in an easy-to-use interface. Assignments are tracked by due date and assigned a color—red, orange, or blue— depending on their priority. myHomework (FREE) Watch a quick tutorial here. With this organization app, you can: Add tasks via email, receive reminders via SMS or instant message, and organize your list nearly any way you can imagine. Read more: http://www.businessi nsider.com/the-bestto-do-list-apps-20112?op=1#ixzz2eOMOis 4F Remember the Milk(FREE) Errands To-Do List is simple, straightforward, and at a cost of $0, affordable. Sort tasks by a number of different criteria or arrange them manually. This app packs a huge punch for free. Read more: http://www.businessi nsider.com/the-bestto-do-list-apps-20112?op=1#ixzz2eOMqiU rc Errands To-Do List (FREE) iStudiez Pro is an allin-one app for organizing a collegiate schedule. It helps users stay on top of courseloads, upcoming tasks, and major deadlines. Accolades: •2010 Best Young Adults App •2009 Best App Ever Award Winner in Education category! iStudiez Pro ($2.99) Want more info? Click here. Study Apps Quickly create beautiful notes in Super notes. You can add voice recordings while you are entering your notes. Notes are color coded so they can be identified at a quick glance. If you are looking for an alternative notes app for your iPhone and iPad, you may want to give this app a try. Super Note (FREE) See more here! If you have not heard of Khan Academy before, now is the time you should explore it! This app, which is based off of the website khanacademy.org, allows you to view video tutorials on a variety of concepts ranging in topics such as math, science, economics and finance, and the humanities. If you are stuck on a concept in one of your classes, Khan Academy is the place to go! Khan Academy (FREE) Watch a tutorial here. Study Blue is an app, and also a website, that allows you to create virtual flashcards for your study needs. You can then review cards and keep ones that need further review in a separate section within each “deck” of cards. Study Blue (FREE) Visit the website here. SimpleMind “is a Mind Mapping tool that turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device.” SimpleMind+ (FREE) Watch a quick video here. StudyTracker will help you stay on track to achieve your grade goals. Assess your performance in each of your courses to see where you need to invest your time. With StudyTracker you can: -log your study sessions -track your grades -publish your class logs to Facebook to be a good influence on your fellow RCC students =) StudyTracker ($0.99) Watch the Introduction Video Mental Case is an efficient flashcard app for one’s Mac, iPhone, or iPad. It’s well worth the $5 bucks! You can create endless sets of flashcards with text, photo, or audio. You can also download existing flashcard sets from an online database. Mental Case ($4.99) Watch the tutorial here. Got text anxiety? This app makes Andrew Johnson, a “Relaxation Coach” from the UK, your new best study buddy. According to the app’s listing, Exam Support will help you focus, improve concentration and overcome exam or test anxiety through “guided audio meditation.” Exam Support w/Andrew Johnson ($2.99) Book Apps Created by the textbook rental company Chegg.com, the Chegg iPhone app is a free tool for renting textbooks. Students can find and order textbooks from their iPhone by searching by name or number, or by scanning the book’s barcode with the phone’s camera. Chegg (FREE) This guy is super-annoying, but watch for more info. This app, only available for iPhones or iPods, includes a bunch of free lectures, videos, and books related to academia. Some of the courses are even from Ivy League schools! iTunes U (FREE) See more here. Document Storage Apps We all have Google Drive (through your TUmail account: look for “Drive” at the top), so why not have this app? Share live documents with classmates or group members so that everyone is kept up to date when you edit something. And you can even edit documents on your phone! What’s not to love? Google Drive (FREE) See more here. EverNote offers awesome note-taking capabilities. This app lets you keep track of text notes, web pages, photographs, and voice memos. Then, access them anywhere, anytime. Keep track of lectures, capture projected presentations, and document paper ideas from anywhere. Evernote (FREE) Learn how to use it here. Again, you can share files with others, or just store your own documents on this cool app. Dropbox (FREE) See more here. Document Viewing and Reading Apps Sick of looking at all the website advertisements on the sides of your readings? Well now you can clean up everything you read to make it a much more pleasant experience! Readability (FREE) See more here. GoodReader is the best tool for viewing and managing large PDF files on your iPhone or iPod Touch. It syncs easily over Wi-Fi, USB, the internet, and email, and integrates with external servers like MobileMe, Google Docs, and DropBox. Get your read on while you are riding SEPTA! GoodReader ($0.99) Watch the pdf action here. Or go to: http://www.apple.co m/iphone/from-theapp-store/ All of these apps can be downloaded from the App Store on your iPhone, Android, and/or Blackberry device. Happy APPing! What apps will you be using? Stop texting and get studying!