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Handy Tools for Study

We have gathered together some handy tools and apps for learning. Please be aware that with the exception of Endnote Web we do not provide user support for these tools.

Create and Present

Book Creator

Book Creator Logo

Book Creator is an app that allows you to make your own media rich eBooks on a mobile device. You can add images, text, sound and links. Your finished eBook can be shared as an iBook for viewing or for more flexibility you can and publish it as a PDF or an MP4. The drag and drop interface makes this a really simple tool to use. You can download it for Apple, Android and Windows devices. Learn more about his app on the Book Creator website


Stop Motion Studio

Stop Motion Studio

If you are feeling really creative then have a look at Stop Motion Studio. This app is a really simple tool for creating stop motion animations. You wouldn't want to use it for a long presentation but it could work really well if you need to capture and share something shorter - ideas from group work for example. You don't need to model your own plastersine figures - a bit of lego, a few stuffed toys, some paper and pens along with a bit of creative thinking will do just fine. Have a look at this example of stop motion animation 'Twitter in Plain English' for some inspiration. Learn more about this fun tool on the Stop Motion Studio website.


Microsoft Sway

Sway logo

Microsoft Sway can be used to create interactive presentations and websites to share your reports, personal stories, projects and much more. You can combine text, images, video and social media and then share your Sway with others via a link. There are loads of templates to choose from and once again the drag and drop interface makes this an easy tool to learn to use. There are also some good video tutorials. Go to the Sway website to get started.


ThingLink

With ThingLink you can make your images come alive with video, text, images, links and music. Such a great tool for revision if you are a visual learner. Pick an image that you associate with the topic and then add text, links, videos to it that cover the key information. When you need to recall the topic you can mentally work your way around the image and visualise the information you added to it. This is also an interesting way to present information if you are asked to deliver a presentation. You can download the app or access it online. Simply go to the ThingLink website to get started.


Padlet

You use Padlet to post text, video, images or links onto a virtual wall. Your Padlets can be visible just to you or you can let others read and contribute to them. You can use it online or download an App. It is such a versitle tool that could be used to present and create, communicate and share or collect and organise! You could post things on it to guide you through a presentation, linking out to images, website and videos where appropriate. Or you could use it for group work - set up a wall, invite group members to contribute their ideas and then share the wall with the rest of your classmates and your tutors. If you need to collect and organise your own ideas about a topic you could do this on a Padlet wall. This could be a really useful resource for revision as you can summarise topics and use the Padlet app to access your summaries whilst you are on the bus! So, whether you want to use it for blogging, bookmarking, discussing or revising, Padlet is a really handy tool. Simply go to the Padlet website to get started.


Prezi

Make visually engaging presentations that zoom in and out; and show how ideas are related to each other. Cloud-based and can auto-sync across devices. Go to the Prezi website to have a go.


Communicate and Share

SlideShare

A slide hosting service. Upload slides privately or publicly (PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenDocument presentations). View slides on the site, on handheld devices or embedded on other sites. Learn more on the SlideShare website.


Padlet

You use Padlet to post text, video, images or links onto a virtual wall. Your Padlets can be visible just to you or you can let others read and contribute to them. You can use it online or download an App. It is such a versitle tool that could be used to present and create, communicate and share or collect and organise! You could post things on it to guide you through a presentation, linking out to images, website and videos where appropriate. Or you could use it for group work - set up a wall, invite group members to contribute their ideas and then share the wall with the rest of your classmates and your tutors. If you need to collect and organise your own ideas about a topic you could do this on a Padlet wall. This could be a really useful resource for revision as you can summarise topics and use the Padlet app to access your summaries whilst you are on the bus! So, whether you want to use it for blogging, bookmarking, discussing or revising, Padlet is a really handy tool. Simply go to the Padlet website to get started.


Wordpress

A blog-publishing service, widely used and very flexible. You can create anything from a simple blog or a standalone webpage to a complex website. Set up your blog on the Wordpress website.


Collect and Organise

Flashcards+

According to the website you will be able to 'memorize like a pro when you’ve got flashcards in your pocket'. This app is handy for revision as you can create flashcards for key topics or theories and use these to test your recall of the topic. If you are studying a subject that requires you to memorize images then you can easily add them to the flashcard. This is a great app if you like to learn in this way. Find out more about it on the Flashcard+ website.


Pinterest

Collect visual ideas for different projects and interests. You create and share collections (called “boards”) of visual bookmarks (called “Pins”). You can use Pinterest to develop your understanding of topics. Try building a resource board for each of the key concepts. Refer back to these boards when you have a new assignment or when you are revising for your exams. Go to the Pinterest website to get started.


Padlet

You use Padlet to post text, video, images or links onto a virtual wall. Your Padlets can be visible just to you or you can let others read and contribute to them. You can use it online or download an App. It is such a versitle tool that could be used to present and create, communicate and share or collect and organise! You could post things on it to guide you through a presentation, linking out to images, website and videos where appropriate. Or you could use it for group work - set up a wall, invite group members to contribute their ideas and then share the wall with the rest of your classmates and your tutors. If you need to collect and organise your own ideas about a topic you could do this on a Padlet wall. This could be a really useful resource for revision as you can summarise topics and use the Padlet app to access your summaries whilst you are on the bus! So, whether you want to use it for blogging, bookmarking, discussing or revising, Padlet is a really handy tool. Simply go to the Padlet website to get started.


Evernote

Take notes, sync files across your devices, save webpages, capture inspiration, and share your ideas with friends and colleagues. You can use Evernote to take a photo of the screen in a lecture and then access this later. Files are saved in notebooks and you can add tags and text as necessary. Go to the Evernote website to sign up.


Pocket

Pocket allows you to bookmark online content from any device, read it later and share it with others via email. It is great for revision and for gathering together information when you are doing research for your topics. It allows you to collate articles, videos or “pretty much anything”. You can view them all from the website or the app, even offline. Go to the Pocket website to sign up.

Reference

Endnote Web

Create a personal database of references, and add citations and bibliographies to your essays and dissertation. Endnote Web is free to use. The full version which is more sophistocated is available on computers in University PC suites. Have a look at this video tutoral to learn how to use it. Go to the Endnote Web website to sign up.


Mendeley

An free online tool to help you with referencing: manage, store and cite as you write. There’s a web version and an app for iPhones. Go to the Mendeley website to create a free account.


RefME

RefME generates references for you but remember that the information you get out is only as good as the information you put in. It is still down to you to check that the formatting of the citations and references is correct. Use the app and your device camera to scan barcodes of books when you're researching at the library. The information is stored for easy access later. When creating your reference make sure you choose the correct style for your subject. Go to the RefME website to get started.