The holiday season is coming to an end and it’s nearly “back to school” time!
I’ve been prepping syllabi and assignments for my students. Here I’ll provide a list of my favorite educational apps, products, and books.
- Diigo – Social bookmarking service with ability to annotate, curate, and share webpages and PDFs.
- Grammarly – Grammar app and Chrome extension. Use the Chrome extension for real time grammar checking of text in online forms, email, and more and/or submit documents to the website for checking.
- RescueTime – Time management app tracks your time online, categorizes your activities, and makes suggestions for improving your productivity.
- Awesome Screenshot – Chrome extension enables screen capture and annotation.
- Scribd – Digital documents library with shared documents as well as books and audiobooks.
- Canva - Visual content creation tool.
My new best friend is the Rocketbook notebook (right now it is $27.00) and Pilot Frixion pens. The Rocketbook lets me take handwritten notes that I can then digitize and store online (Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, etc.) by snapping a quick pic with my phone. The Rocketbook has these icons at the bottom of the page. I just mark an x on the icon where I want it to go and when I snap the picture with the Rocketbook app, boom, it goes into the cloud. You do have to set up what each icon means, but it is simple and I love it! It’s perfect for a person who uses the cloud but loves to take hand-written notes.
Plus – the notebook is reusable! After I use the whole notebook and have stored the contents in the cloud, I can put this notebook in the microwave with a cup of water. I can microwave it several minutes and “poof” the text is gone! The Rocketbook notebook can be used 5 times in this way! Erased and use again! Crazy!
The pens work on regular paper too and they are erasable! The ink disappears at 140 degrees. (It reappears at 30, so take note.) You don’t need to have the Rocketbook to get these pens.
Lastly, I’ll make a shameless plug for my textbook on Social Media Marketing. If you are in my course this spring, or studying social media marketing at another university, you’ll need the book. The paperback version is currently $70 on Amazon and the ebook is $50. The ebook is my favorite because I can make highlights and then use the text annotations as study guides and notes.
That’s it for today! What are your favorite educational tools? Share them in the comments!