TECH TOOLS FOR STUDENTS
The twenty-first century brings with it a huge paradigm shift in the education. Gone are the days when the teachers and students were solely dependent on the traditional methods of teaching and studying. The advancement in technology and the introduction of online courses, applications, tech tools and products have completely changed the face of education and the study dynamics. The deployment of mobile and other tech devices for studying has become a necessity owing to its widespread use by the populace of all ages.
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And that’s not just it! The use of a variety of different tech tools enhances the creativity and the perception of the students.
James Paul Gee, professor of literacy studies at Arizona State University says,“When students use simulations, games, videos to learn, they have to problem-solve, critically think, transfer knowledge from other learning experiences.” (Reference: http://www.teachhub.com/13-reasons-using-technology-classroom)
All of this builds their minds to perceive, understand and implement their knowledge in a much-improved manner. But the problem is, with hundreds of technology tools and apps available, which ones are the most productive? To help you find the best ones, we have listed below the top 10 tech tools we find best for students. They are as follows:
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We all love to have our own private place where we can set our notes, share them with the ones we like, get followers and design our own conceptual approach towards a subject, right? Higher education students benefit a lot from this tech tool. It is the perfect virtual board where you can upload videos, documents, and interviews. It is used by teachers, professionals, students of all ages, and the top companies and firms including advertising agencies in Dubai and elsewhere. The usefulness of this tool is not limited at all. The younger students can become a member of their teacher’s boards and benefit from the notes and informative stuff shared there. It is the ideal platform to collaborate and share!
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According to the claim on their official website, up to 95% of the students who study smartly with Quizlet have improved their grades. Are you ready to do that? Quizlet offers a wide range of quizzes, flashcards, and games through which you can learn. It covers the basics quite well and illustrates drawings that help in understanding the different concepts. Quizlet Live adds a further touch of modernization to the tool.
3- Adobe Illustrator
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This industry standard tool is perfect for vector drawing applications, design prototyping, infographics and graphic designing. It is highly recommended by the L & D teams and many have considered it to be best for corporate knowledge sharing. This is why the advertising companies in Dubai find it quite suitable for their projects. The students and graduates in this field can make the most out of it through the online tutorials and by using/implementing their own skills. It is one of the best software applications to practice with and to use professionally. Incorporating this tool in your study plans would definitely bring fruitful results.
4- Exam Vocabulary Builder
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The one thing that is required to ace in English essays and stories is an amazing, high-scoring vocabulary. No matter how many novels you read or English movies you watch, unless and until you see a word used in the right context, you wouldn’t remember it, right?
The ‘Exam Vocabulary Builder’ is a smartphone app that any college student, graduate and a student preparing for exams like SAT, GRE or TOEFL can use. It is teamed up with cloud technology which allows you to use it anywhere, whenever you want. It also allows you to view the data on other devices. Gartner predicted that by 2018, 70% of professionals will work through their personal smartphones and use apps like ‘Exam Vocabulary Builder’.
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Are you wondering how to make a presentation? Many students do as they don’t have the slightest idea of how to make one, or they want to excel at making the presentation that they find themselves lost in the process. Bighugelabs is the best place to make it! You can design magazine covers, make posters and presentations free of cost. The advertisement in between might be troubling for some people but the good news for students is that they can avoid the ads by logging in to the education-specific login.
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The SelfCAD is the ‘leading online 3D modeling and slicing software’. The students can use the video training course provided online to master the 3D art making. It is cloud-based which enhances the productivity of the program and is a very effective learning tool in STEM education. From visualizing concepts to acknowledging your creative potential, SelfCAD offers high precision, countless drawing capabilities, compelling imagery and user-friendly interface.
7- Tech tools for special kids
Education is for all and the special children in our society deserve a little extra effort and motivation. Though they lack behind in some basic skills that don’t mean they can’t learn, right? Thus, such students are required to instill certain tech tools in their lives. Many schools and teachers offer this digital support to special kids. It includes the use of software like ‘Dragon Naturally speaking software’ and ‘Squeak’, adapted keyboards, screen magnifiers, and the reading pens.
One of the tech-savvy teachers, Bob Reich says in this regard that, “In my classroom, said Bob Reich, “I have students who use Dragon Naturally Speaking software that enables them to command and dictate verbally. Those kids don’t have the ability to use a keyboard, and this software allows them to produce any kind of document, take notes, create projects, and so on, and then print or display their work through another medium — with a projector or on the Web, for example.” (Reference: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech224.shtml)
Isn’t it amazing? Adding such tech tools in the lives of special students will definitely bring boons to their educational standards.
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Hippocampus is an online source for studying mathematics, natural science, social science, and sociology. This website offers rich multimedia content including videos, animations, and simulations which help the primary and high school students (as well as teachers) gain command of their basic subjects. It is a free educational website that helps students learn and study for their exams. No login or registration is required to use the amazing and informative multimedia on the website. This is one of the best tools that students should use as a part of their study plans.
9- Go Noodle
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For students, especially the younger ones, cramming the bookish information or embedding new knowledge in the mind is not enough. Their minds and souls are on the verge of development and they need to understand the benefits of co-curricular activities as well. Go Noodle is exactly what they need! It comes with several videos which can set students into motion. It helps them stay active and playful. Both, the body and the brain, stay energetic. This tool can be used by the parents at home or by the teachers at school. This tool has proved to be quite successful.
According to Laura Dickinson, “GoNoodle has inspired many of our schools to promote physical activity in schools using their brilliant videos. We actually had a Mass GoNoodle in July last year where 800 children came together to get active as one big group.”
10- Khan Academy
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At number ten we have the amazing Khan Academy. This is a versatile tool all set to teach students from a variety of different domains. This website specializes in giving away lectures on Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, Economics, and Finance, Computing and Arts and Humanities. It keeps the interest of the students intact from primary and high school up to the university level. Khan Academy offers free courses. It is popular for its prep tests for exams like MCAT, SAT, IIT JEE, GMAT and many more.
William Bowen, in his 2012 book “Higher Education in the Digital Age” pointed out the prevalence of online learning to be one of the two factors that will increase over time. And in the year 2018, we can see how much the trends have changed, right? Above listed is the brief yet productive list of the tech tools that students from different walks of life can utilize. Its tools list covers video lectures for different subjects to presentation/project necessary features, from quizzes to physical activity games.