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Apps for Students

A digital toolkit for content discovery and curation, collating and organising information, communicating and collaborating, reading and research, writing and referencing, presentations and publishing. This list has been tailored to meet the general needs of my students in the core media and cultural studies units of a tertiary level creative media degree. All recommended apps and services are either free to use or offer free versions with some user restrictions. For more app options, check out these comprehensive listicles featuring an extensive selection of apps bundled into the following categories: Apps for Creativity, Apps for Writing and Blogging, Apps for Presentations and Apps for Content Curation.

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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.

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Spreed

Spreed

Train yourself to double or triple your reading speed, without sacrificing comprehension. Absorb knowledge, faster.

Hemingway Editor

Hemingway App is a program that highlights common text errors. You can use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice and complicated words. If you see a yellow highlight, shorten the sentence or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this sentence to remove the red.

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Notion

Notion

A new tool that blends your everyday work apps into one. It's the all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.

Academia.edu

Academia.edu is a place to share and discover scholarly research and connect with academics in your field of interest.

Speech Notes

For many of us, key-typing is slow and thus time-consuming. Speechnotes lets you type at the speed of speech (slow & clear speech).
Speechnotes lets you move from voice-typing (dictation) to key-typing seamlessly. This way, you can dictate when convenient and type when more appropriate. You can also dictate and edit your text results right away, and continue dictating. This is a browser-based app which also makes it quick to launch and convenient for email and other online communication.

Dictanote

Switch effortlessly between using the keyboard and your voice to type out notes. Work smarter and more productively with fast, accurate dictation and transcription.

Hypothesis

Annotate the web, with anyone, anywhere.
We’re a nonprofit on a mission to bring an open conversation over the whole web. Use Hypothesis right now to hold discussions, read socially, organize your research, and take personal notes.

Skimmer

A chrome extension that summarizes web pages for you and saves on reading time.

MeisterTask

MeisterTask is an intuitive collaboration and task management tool. Create a project, add as many team members as you want, assign tasks and follow each other’s progress. MeisterTask’s flexible project boards adapt to your workflow and make sure everyone is always on the same page.

WasteNoTime

WasteNoTime is a browser extension which is designed to help you manage your time spent on the Internet more efficiently.

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Prezi

Prezi

Create impactful business presentations and sales pitches with our online software. Cloud-based for seamless real-time collaboration.

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Discord

Discord

Discord is the easiest way to talk over voice, video, and text. Talk, chat, hang out, and stay close with your friends and communities.

WorkFlowy

WorkFlowy is an organizational tool that makes life easier. It's a surprisingly powerful way to take notes, make lists, collaborate, brainstorm, plan and generally organize your brain.

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.

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Dropbox

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 Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

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Diigo

Diigo

Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community. Use Diigo for better reading and research with annotation, highlighter, sticky notes, archiving, bookmarking & more.

SlideShare

Making documents and presentations available on the web quickly and easily is possible with this tools. Slideshare allow you to embed your documents and presentations into a webpage or LMS and allow students to view your uploads in their own viewer so instead of having to download the documents and open then in Word or Powerpoint, you can scroll through them right on the screen where you have embedded them.

Google Drive

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

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.

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Feedly

Feedly

Feedly connects you to the information and knowledge you care about. We help you get more out of you work, education, hobbies and interests. The feedly platform lets you discover sources of quality content, follow and read everything those sources publish with ease and organize everything in one place.

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.

NaturalReader

The NaturalReader text-to-speech application converts PDF files, MS Word documents, and e-books into spoken words. NaturalReader saves you from experiencing eye strain, and lets you sit back, relax, and listen. It is also an efficient proofreading tool; it not only picks out mistakes in your work, but gives you a good sense of the natural flow of what you have written. NaturalReader is a great help to students with dyslexia or other learning difficulties.

ResearchGate

Find over 80 million publications, 8 million researchers and 1 million answers to research questions. ResearchGate is a network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences. All for free.

  • 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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