Seven free web tools for students
Students have needs, too! Here are some tools your students might be happy to learn about. Each one “lives in the cloud,” meaning the data is stored on the Internet, not your laptop. You can access your stuff from any computer, edit it, or share it if you want. And they’re all free for basic use.
- Website bookmarks – Delicious – tag, save, manage and share website links
- Bibliography – Zotero – gather, organize, and share sources (citations, images, videos, etc.)
- Storage – Dropbox – like a web-based flash drive
- Shared editing – Google Docs – create, edit and share docs, spreadsheets, and presentations
- Note-taking – Evernote – capture and access notes, snapshots, voice memos, websites, etc.
- Scheduling – Google Calendar – create and share calendars
- To do list – Remember the Milk – keep track of tasks, lists, and more
They could be recommended for specific uses in a course, or just on general principles. Before choosing one, consider how it integrates with other tools you use or mobile devices that you have. Some connect to FaceBook or have iPhone apps, for example.
For more information on free web tools, see the Learning Technology Lab website.