While certainly working one-on-one with a good tutor will help you get ready for a standardized test or work through a school assignment, there are, today more than ever before, a lot of innovative ways to use technology to prepare to help with learning. Below, we’ll take a closer look at some ways to integrate tech with studying and learning.
I use this all the time. When you have students who are away on vacation over the summer or are studying abroad, it doesn’t mean you can’t utilize the time to get ready for upcoming exams and assignments. With so many different ways to stay in touch, from Microsoft’s Skype to Apple’s FaceTime to Google’s Hangouts, distance does not have to trump test prep or learning in general. These communication platforms can also work great for students doing group projects or forming study groups. Today, we can stay in touch and bring learning alive in many ways through our virtual and global community.
2. Flash Cards
No, not the paper index cards of yore. There are now so many ways to create study materials. Take, for instance, the website Cram, which allows you to create sets of study cards and even link them to your Google drive account. This is one of many; also check out Quizlet and Canva, among others online platforms that allow you to create modern-day, cutting-edge study materials.
3. Vision Boards
This is a super-creative way for students to set and visualize goals. The idea is to create, clarify, concentrate, and maintain focus on life goals through visual means. If, for instance, you are a high school student aspiring to attend a particular college and study a particular field, your vision board might include images and representations of the campus and of your future field. While you certainly can create this old school-style using paper and collage materials, there are also numerous apps that allow you to create inspiring virtual vision boards.
By now, we know there’s basically an app for everything. And there are tons of apps for all aspects of learning and studying. A few highlights are listed here:
My Study Life School Planner: This is an incredible, multifaceted platform that allows students to store classes and class information, homework assignments, and more in the cloud and make it available on any device, anywhere. It’s an all-encompassing tool that can work great for the super-organized and the not-so-organized student alike.
Tinycards: This app comes to us from Duolingo, the folks best known for their great foreign language study app. In tinycards, students can create flashcards for any subject then play a multitude of graphically exciting games to facilitate studying and make learning enjoyable.
Evernote: Here is a great app for organizing personal, academic, and professional projects. You can take notes, make to-do lists, and save stuff you find online in this app. Everything gets synched to your phone, tablet, and computer for connectivity convenience.
Math Ref: From Algebra to Chemistry all the up to Physics, this app helps students in a number of ways, from offering a library of helpful formulas to providing a “solver” to help with common calculations. This app is perfect for the student who (like me) gets a little overwhelmed by math and science
There are literally hundreds of other learning apps in addition to the ones listed above, probably something for any and every type of learner. So as we continue to integrate technology and learning, students and teachers can take advantage of this modern-day hybrid to maximize learning potential.
Written by Phil Lane
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