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Student Toolkit

OPEN Education Resources

Brainstorming Tools

  • Bubbl.us

    • Using Bubbl.us you can create colorful mind maps, which can be saved as an image or HTML. They can also be shared and emailed with others. 
  • Stormboard

    • See a description of Stormboard under Collaboration Tools.

Career Building Tools

  • LinkedIn

    • Connect with all of the professional contacts you already know in one neat location, LinkedIn! Never lose the connections you’ve already made, instead see them continue to grow. 
  • DoYouBuzz

    • Build a free online resume using DoYouBuzz. Choose from many templates and customize your resume. Easy to use and visually pleasing, this is a great tool to help you begin your career hunting.

Citation Tools

  • EasyBib

    • Easybib is a great tool for citing your work. Search for books or insert citations manually. The list and format is generated for you and saved as a Word Document when exported. Note: Check format regulations within your courses to be sure they line up with the format settings.
  • Purdue OWL

    • Purdue OWL is the top site to find formatting answers to MLA, APA, Chicago Style, and all other formats. Citations, in text quoting, and general format rules are all explained with examples. Sample papers are provided for viewing.

Collaboration Tools

  • Canvas Conferences

    • Using your Canvas account, access Canvas Conferences to create online conference calls to communicate with your peers outside of school. The tool is free and accessible to all SXU students.
  • Dropbox

    • Dropbox is a file folder that can be accessed on any device. Once a device is registered with Dropbox, any changes automatically sync. You can share Dropboxes with several people, all having access to the file folder.
  • Google Docs

    • With a Google account you can create Google Docs that can be shared with others. It is possible to edit the same document with multiple users at the same time. You can also create and share spreadsheets and slides using Google.
  • Stormboard

    • Stormboard is a tool useful for group brainstorming. Create “storms” with the given templates and invite others to join the “storm.” Group members can place virtual sticky notes upon the chosen template.
  • Trello

    • With Trello you can create a board where you and members can organize projects and keep track of what is complete. The website is free and easy to use. It is also available on iOS and Android.

Converting Tools

  • Docs.zone

    • With Docs.zone you can convert any files to PDF, Word, Excel, or Images. No software needs to be downloaded, simply upload the files.
  • CloudConvert

    • Use this tool to convert any files to any needed format. The conversions can be mailed to you or saved in your CloudConvert or Dropbox folder.

Presentation Tools

  • Glogster 

    • Glogster is a website where users create multimedia posters. You can add text, images, audio and videos to your “glog.” This tool is useful for creating presentations or as a space to brainstorm and save ideas in one location.
  • Prezi

    • Prezi is a contemporary presentation creator. Signing up is not free but the website offers a seven day free trail and a discount is given when signing up with a school address.
  • SlideShare

    • SlideShare is a free slideshow presentation creator. It has themes to choose from and allows you to load your own pictures from any domain such as your computer, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • Weebly 

    • Weebly is a free website creator, filled with templates to choose from. It is both easy to use and visually pleasing. Once published, your website can be accessed by anyone at anytime.
  • Wix

    • Wix is a free website creator, providing hundreds of template themes. Websites are easy to create and the provided templates can be personalized. Wix also is available as an application on Android devices.

Video Tools

  • Animoto

    • Animoto is an online video presentation creator. The tool is not free but a free trial is offered. Customize your videos using templates and themes to create a quality video.  
  • Jing

    • Using Jing you can capture a video or screenshot of your computer screen. It is useful for creating tutorials. The screenshots and videos are easy to share through email, Facebook, Twitter and other places.
  • Stupeflix

    • Using Stupeflix you can create free 20-minute videos. You can import from places like Facebook, YouTube, and Dropbox. The tool is easy to use and all editing is done for you. Simply add the photos, videos, text and music.
  • Vcasmo

    • With Vcasmo you can upload a video or audio file, add slides or subtitles, and format the presentation. Once finished the presentation will have an HTML, which can be placed into websites or slide show presentations. This tool is also available as an application on iOS.

Applications for Android and/or iOS

Name

Description

Android

Free/Paid

iOS

Free/Paid

Animoto

Customize your videos using templates and themes to create a quality video. 

Yes

Free

Yes

Free

Canvas

Connect to the school’s online management system. See your courses, assignments, grades and more.

Yes

Free

Yes

Free

Dropbox

Download this file folder that can be accessed on any device. Never lose files again.

Yes

Free

Yes

Free

EasyBib

Input your sources, which will automatically be cited in the selected format.

Yes

Free

Yes

Free

Glogster

Create visually pleasing multimedia posters. Accessible on all devices.

Yes

Free

Yes

Free

Google Docs

Keep your documents in one place, accessible on any computer. Share documents with others.

Yes

Free

Yes

Free

iStudious

Use this virtual notebook to take notes in class and keep them all organized in one app.

No

 

Yes

Lite: Free

Full: $2.99-$4.99*

LinkedIn

Join this professional network where you can connect with others and document resourceful contacts.

Yes

Free

Yes

Free

MarginNote

Connected with Dropbox, take notes directly on documents, create Note boards, and Message others.

No

 

Yes

Lite: Free

Full: $5.99*

Myhomework

Create a virtual student planner where you can input your courses and keep track of assignments.

Yes

Free

Yes

Free

My Study Life

Use this virtual student planner to be reminded when assignments or exams are coming up.

Yes

Free

No

 

Prezi

Available on all devices, use Prezi to create a contemporary style presentation.

Yes

Free

Yes

 Free

SlideShare

Create professional slide show presentations using any device.

Yes

Free

Yes

 Free

Studious

Receive exam reminders and save notes on this app. It even keeps your phone on silent while in a class.

Yes

Free

No

 

Trello

Collaborate with group members with boards to keep track of each member’s progress.

Yes

Free

Yes

 Free

TopNotes

With this application you can take notes directly on uploaded documents or on a new window.

Yes

Free

Yes

Lite: Free

Full: $4.99*

Weebly

Available on any device, create websites, giving you a professional presentation.

Yes

Free

Yes

 Free

Wix

Create website presentations given easy to use templates that can be personalized.

Yes

Free

No

 

* = Prices subject to change.