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Apps & Technology for Studying and Learning

Apps for Note-Taking

Onenote
Microsoft Onenote
  • A place where you can collect all of your notes, files, pictures and web clips
  • Searchable notes
  • Ability to highlight and annotate pdf files inserted into notes
  • Access your notes from any device (i.e. Tablet, smartphone, and computer)
  • Ability to share notebooks with other people
  • Available for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and on the web
  • Cost: Free
Notablity
Notability
  • Type, write, annotate or highlight your notes all in one app.
  • Can record audio along with your note
  • Import files such as pdf, Word, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Searchable notes
  • Can export notes to Google Drive and Dropbox
  • Available for iOS and Mac
  • Cost: $9.99
Goodnotes
GoodNotes
  • An app for handwriting notes
  • Allows pdf’s to be annotated
  • OCR searchable handwriting
  • Fill & sign forms
  • Handwriting to text conversion
  • Auto Backups to Dropbox, Google Drive and more
  • Sync across all your iOS devices with iCloud sync
  • Available for iOS
  • Cost: $7.99

Apps for Studying Material

Quizlet
Quizlet
  • Online study tools and games on many different subjects
  • Different modes including flash card to aid students studying material
  • Create your own flash cards or use content others have already made
  • Available for iOS, Android, and online
  • Cost: Free
Studyblue
StudyBlue
  • Study a variety of topics
  • Create your own flash cards or use content others have already made
  • Create tests to see how well you know the content
  • Study anywhere on your mobile device
  • Available for iOS, Android and online
  • Cost: Free
Tinycards
Tinycards
  • Duolingo's fresh and fun study companion app that helps you study and memorize anything.
  • Bite-sized lessons
  • uses spaced repetition and other smart learning techniques to help you remember new material.
  • Remind you when your memory is about to fade
  • Available for iOS, Android, and online
  • Cost: Free

Miscellaneous Apps

Office Leans
Micrsoft Office Lens
  • An app for creating easy scans from a cell phone camera
  • Use to scan business cards, documents, whiteboards, bulletin flyers, and photos
  • Auto-straighten image even when taken at an angle
  • Great for taking pictures of handouts and whiteboards
  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Cost: Free
Natural Reader
Natural Reader
  • A text-to-speech app that reads pdf, epub (DRM free), Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, RTF and TXT files
  • Can open files from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and webpages. You can even type into the app.
  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Cost: Free
Microsoft To-Do
Microsoft To-Do
  • Get your to-do lists anywhere, on any device
  • Share lists and assign tasks with your friends, family, colleagues, and classmates
  • Set one-time or recurring due dates and reminders
  • Break your tasks into manageable steps
  • Add notes to any task
  • Available for iOS, Android, Mac, PC, & online
  • Cost: Free

Literacy Support & Reading

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iOS

iOS has a built-in text-to-speech function. You need to turn it on for it to work.

  • Open your Settings app.
  • Then click on General.
  • Then click on Accessibility, then click on Speech.
  • Make sure Speak Selection and speak Screen are clicked on.
  • From here you can speed up and slow down the reading speed and change voices.

To make it read individual words or sentences:

  • Make a text selection. In the context menu that appears press Speak.

To read a whole page:

  • Place two fingers on the screen and swipe down a box will appear with controls in it. It will start reading the page.
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Android

Android has a built-in text-to-speech function. You need to turn it on for it to work.

  • Open your Settings app.
  • Scroll down to System.
  • Click on Accessibility.
  • Click on Select to Speak and then turn on the toggle.
  • (Once you turn it on an icon will appear on your home screen )

How to make it read:

  • Touch the speech bubble.

To make it read individual words or sentences:

  • Make a selection; the selection will automatically start reading.

To read a whole page:

  • Press the play button in the bottom right-hand corner.
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