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Seven Great Online Learning Apps for Students

March 26, 2015 On-Line Learning, SBC-Online 0 Comments

The emergence of online learning has expanded the dimensions of the educational landscape, making it possible for more people to get a college degree. If you choose to take courses over the Internet, you may want to consider downloading a few learning apps. The following online learning apps will enhance your experience by fostering communication and connectivity and boosting your organization and productivity:

Seven Great Online Learning Apps for Students1. Skype: One of the inherent challenges of distance education is the inability to talk face to face with teachers and other students. Since Skype permits voice or video chats through free online calls, many educators and pupils use it to communicate. This technology will let you ask instructors questions, collaborate with classmates and interview experts.

2. Google+ Hangouts: Developing relationships with fellow students is one of the joys of college life. Google+ Hangouts lets you laugh, talk and learn with one friend or visit with as many as 10 friends at the same time. Its features also include a portal to share photos, send messages and conduct video conferences.

3. Smartsheet: A good organizational tool such as Smartsheet can help you prioritize your work. You can list assignments, keep track of work progress, attach files and set reminders about due dates. Additionally, if you are working on a group project, you can easily share information with other students.

4. Evernote: Evernote is a must-have since you can use this software to take notes and organize them with related Web articles. If you are working on a paper, this tool can help you move from an idea to a completed assignment.

5. Blackboard: A multipurpose app, Blackboard can serve students in an array of ways aside from helping them keep track of coursework. Through this app, you can view your instructors' announcements such as class cancellations and view test scores. Some extra features include interacting with other students by commenting on their blog posts or journal entries.

6. Flipboard: During your studies, you may want to occasionally target a certain topic and gather articles, videos and photos related to it. Flipboard is a free social aggregator magazine app you can use to make a digital magazine on your desired subject. Instead of following a story on several social networks, you can find the information you need in one place with this time-saving app.

7. Canvas: An open-source software, Canvas integrates popular tools such as YouTube and Google Docs. You can customize it to include all your favorite programs and use it to access your class materials. Best of all, this app is designed to be very simple to use.

While you certainly don't need to download all these learning apps, you may want to try at least one that helps with communication and one that promotes organization. Connectivity software will help you form friendships and academic relationships that make higher education so satisfying, while the others will provide the support and framework you need to do your best work.

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