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February 26, 2013

Three Education Apps You'll Wonder How You Lived Without

By Rachel Ramsey, TMCnet Web Editor


Technology and education go together like peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper and bacon and eggs. Innovations are helping students gain hands-on experience, easy access to class material and real-time communication with their peers and professors. Remember the days of the 3D floppy disk? Students today are learning about 3D printing.


While you may not be using 3D printing or holographs in classrooms today, there’s a more likely chance that you are using a tablet or laptop. Recent studies show that tablets are well on their way to replacing textbooks, not only for convenience and modernity, but because they actually improve education. A Maine study found that kindergartner students using iPads scored much higher on literacy tests than students that didn’t use the device, the University of California Irvine medical school reported iPad-equipped medical students scored 23 percent higher on national exams than previous unequipped classes and according to Open Colleges, 81 percent of U.S teachers think tablets can enrich classroom learning, and 86 percent of students believe that tablets can help them to study more efficiently.

With the growing usage of tablets in the classroom comes the growing number of apps to download. Here are three apps for students to help enhance their educational experience.

Penultimate

This is kind of a two-in-one -- Evernote (News - Alert) purchased Penultimate in May last year, a handwriting app that can now integrate with Evernote. The company sent an e-mail to users this morning highlighting recent news. In addition to its Windows Phone update, Evernote Hello for iPhone (News - Alert) and iPod Touch and ability to clip PDFs with Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome and Safari, the company introduced Penultimate for the iPad.

Users can search for handwritten text in Penultimate notes both in-app and with Evernote, and send single page images and full notebooks as PDFs from inside the app to others via e-mail, public URL and more through Evernote. Watch it in action:

 

Quick Key

This is for the teachers and education students out there. The Quick Key grading app uses the iPhone camera to skip the Scantron process. Power2Teach, a team of teachers and developers, has raised more than $99,500 to build the app and begin brining on beta testers. It scans and grades as quickly as you can move the papers, aggregates the data for the class as whole and enters the data into your electronic grade book, eliminating the need to manually transfer grades yourself.

 

StudyBlue

I was the student who would make three packs of note cards for one exam, carrying around a giant wad of paper wrapped in a hair-tie for days before a test, only to throw it out the minute I finished. StudyBlue is a digital flashcard app for both students and teachers. According to StudyBlue, mobile students study 40 more minutes each week by studying everywhere they go: 46 percent of students often use their smartphones in bed before going to sleep, 19 percent use them in the bathroom, 17 percent use them exercising, 75 percent use them in school, 55 percent use them waiting in line, 74 percent use them commuting and 52 percent use them in bed after waking up.

Teachers can make flashcards for students to study both online and on-the-go with Apple and Android (News - Alert) apps. The app has more than 2.5 million users, and its touted as a “digital backpack” with its Web and mobile study tools enabling college and high school students to store and organize their course materials, turning them into flashcards, quizzes and study guides that can be accessed on-the-go. The app is also integrated with Evernote, so you can make digital flashcards from your Evernote notes.

 

Happy studying!




Edited by Ashley Caputo




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