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Apps for Writing and Blogging

A digital toolkit for research, writing, referencing, editing and publishing. All apps and services listed below are free to use or offer free versions with some user restrictions.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud storage solution that works the way you do. Get to all your files from anywhere, on any device, and share them with anyone.

Google Docs

Create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Store documents online and access them from any computer. Get stuff done with or without an internet connection. Use Docs to edit Word files.

Dictionary.com

The world's most popular dictionary and thesaurus with definitions, synonyms, antonyms, idioms, word origins, quotes, audio pronunciations, example sentences and Word of the Day! Look up the meaning of words, slang, phrases, idioms, and abbreviations in our free English Dictionary. This app works offline so you do not need an internet connection.

WordPress

Wordpress helps you create a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com. Hundreds of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes. Free hosting and support.

PaperRater

Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...

FlipSnack

FlipSnack is everything you need to easily publish captivating online magazines, transforming your pdfs into online flipbooks. It works and looks great across all digital platforms, engaging your customers with interactive experiences and making it easy to sell directly from the pages of your digital publication.

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Blurb

Blurb

Create and self-publish books, magazines & ebooks.

Penultimate

The best digital handwriting on iPad. Penultimate combines distraction-free, natural handwriting and sketching with the power of Evernote’s sync and search. Take class or meeting notes, journal your thoughts, or outline your next big idea—in the office or on the go. From the first stroke, Penultimate makes the experience of pen and paper more productive.

Power Thesaurus

Power Thesaurus is a free, fast, comprehensive and easy-to-follow online thesaurus dictionary for writers.

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Journey

Journey

Capture life moments, from everyday thoughts to useful travel logs, Journey helps you to rediscover the joy of journal writing through the warmth and humanity of the interface. Journey presents your life beautifully in calendar, photo and atlas view, allowing you to revisit the greatest moments of your journey anytime, anywhere.

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Tumblr

Tumblr

Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website that allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.

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OneNote

OneNote

Capture your thoughts and discoveries, with OneNote, your very own digital notebook. Use OneNote to write, draw, clip, scan, share and publish your ideas anywhere and from any devise.Get things done with your friends, family, classmates and colleagues. Share your notebooks with others for viewing or editing.

Strikingly

Strikingly is the best website builder for anyone to build a gorgeous, mobile-friendly website easily. Quick, simple and stylish. Get started today.

Read&Write

Boost reading and writing confidence across all types of content and devices, in class, at work, and at home! This is a plug in for Google Docs and Google Chrome users.

Word Dynamo

Word Dynamo combines addicting games with Dictionary.com’s entire word library empowering students to master their vocabulary. With different game types including audio, flashcards, and definition matching, Word Dynamo creates a personalized learning experience suitable for students of all grade levels.

CiteThisForMe

Automatically reference everything correctly with CiteThisForMe. Save your work forever, build multiple bibliographies, run plagiarism checks, and much more.

Evernote

Bring your life's work together in one digital workspace. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and move your important projects forward.

PlagiarismCheck

A plagiarism check will determine if content from your paper appears in other online sites and books and provide promptly generated plagiarism reports. All standard file formats accepted.

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Gingko

Gingko

Create tree documents for clarity focus and flow when writing large documents like your book, novel, screenplay, thesis or research paper. Or use it to organise ideas for your blog, a creative project, personal todos or your development workflow or study notes.

ProWriting Aid

The Essential Editing Tool for Writers. Do you want to edit faster and more efficiently? Join over 300,000 writers who use ProWritingAid to strengthen their writing and get published. Try it for free today.

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Unplag

Unplag

Online plagiarism checker Unplag scans across Web, repositories, open content sources and institution databases. Helps to detect similarities in files against the Internet and against multiple files, which you upload. In this way this tool can enhance the writing skills of your students. Checks your citations, if they're made in the right way (according to existing standards), you can omit it from plagiarism report

Grammarly

Instant grammar checker, pagiarism checker - online proofreader. Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.

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Medium

Medium

Medium is a place to read, write, and interact with the stories that matter most to you. Medium is an easy-to-use blog publishing platform. It’s great for people who want to quickly publish content without having to think about information display.

Google Drive

Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more with Google Drive.

Hanx Writer

No longer must you surrender modern luxuries, like the DELETE key, to enjoy the look, feel, and sound of good, old-fashioned word-processing. Each document crafted in Hanx Writer can be emailed, printed, and shared and has its own unique statement-making personality.

  • Dr Jodie Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies at SAE Creative Media Institute, Brisbane. Through the lens of critical pedagogy, Jodie’s praxis-orientated approach to education is guided by the desire to help students become aesthetically inspired, media literate, culturally sensitive, critical and creative thinkers.

    She is the author of Playing it Queer: Popular Music, Identity & Queer World-making (Peter Lang 2012), and co-author of Redefining Mainstream Popular Music (Routledge 2013) and The Festivalisation of Culture (Ashgate 2014). She has published more than 30 scholarly articles & chapters on popular music, gender, sexuality and ageing; queer theory, youth culture and subcultural style; and ethical relations in ethnographic fieldwork.

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