Sites 4 Students

Sites for Students

“Kitsap Regional Library serves the community as a center for lifelong learning and a steward of access to stories, information and knowledge.”–KRL mission statement.

studentsOne way we can support lifelong learning is to share what we’ve been learning about 2.0 resources. With computers now in nearly every classroom, from elementary school through college, there are many web2.0 sites designed for students that we can point them to. So, think of this as a resource page rather than an introduction to any specific site. This will give you a menu, you can then pick a couple of sites that look interesting to check out for yourself.

We’ve broken broken these sites into 5 categories:

  • Open Office
  • Productivity/organization
  • Notetaking
  • Job search/professional networking
  • Facebook applications

One thing you’ve probably realized by now about Web 2.0: it’s always changing and growing. Many of the tools and applications offered today are in “beta”, which means the tool is still being developed. It also means that the tool may go away. Perhaps the developer lost funding or became bored with it or moved it/renamed it. Maybe another site, such as Facebook, absorbed it. Most sites will state whether or not they’re in beta, although much of web 2.0 is pretty much in continual beta.

Open Office sites:

By now we’ve all had experience with Google applications, like the shared spreadsheet where everyone is recording their progress through krl2pt0. Online resources like this, and others listed below, allow anyone who doesn’t have proprietary software, such as Microsoft Office, to do word-processing, create spreadsheets, manage projects and create presentations online. These applications can be used by both students and professionals to collaborate and communicate on specific projects.

Zoho – A free online suite of applications, with a very easy sign-up. If you can use MS Word, you can use Zoho Writer. But you’ll also be able to link these documents to yourOld students blog, and add tags and comments. You can make shared documents if you want collaborators. And if you’re comfortable with MS Excel, you can use Zoho Sheet, an online spreadsheet tool. And there are other free Zoho tools:

  • Zoho Show – create, edit and publish presentations (similar to PowerPoint)
  • Zoho Meeting – share desktops, hold online meetings and web conferences
  • Zoho Notebook – create and collaborate on content
  • Zoho Planner – organize and maintain to-do’s, reminders and notes

This is another set of free online applications, but unlike Zoho, you will have to download it to use it. Its features:

  • Writer – a text editing platform
  • Impress – for multimedia presentations
  • Calc – for spreadsheets
  • Draw – graphics package
  • Base – for manipulating database data
  • Math – for performing mathematical equations

WriteBoard — a collaborative writing website. Share any text document; compare and track changes; revert back to earlier versions.

CoMindWork — Free online project management software. This site incorporates a number of different features, including project blogs and wikis; workflow and Gantt charts; timelines and other project management tools.

Productivity/organization sites:

mySchoolog — a free site that helps students organize their schedules, and it can send out reminders to cell phones or email.

Backpack — similar to mySchoolog, Backpack lets you share to-do lists, notes, files, and images. Backpack also features a Calendar and Reminders that can be sent via email or to your cell phone at predefined times.

Stikkit — online “sticky notes” — organize and share your sticky notes and all the other little scraps of information we squirrel away (and then never find)

Note-taking sites:

For centuries students have taken notes, and sometimes shared them with classmates. Now they can do that online.

NoteCentric — This is a site that lets students (you do have to be attending a college or university) to keep class notes online, download them and/or share them, and set up discussion groups for any courses you are registered for. It is now also a Facebook application as well and has RSS capability.

NoteMesh — free and open to all, including international and non-student users, collaborative note-taking in Wiki format

Notely — not just notes but a calendar, to-do list, homework organizer, and more.

And lastly, Digication — this is online educational software for teachers as well as students, to “create a community that can learn and grow both inside and outside the classroom.”

Professional Profiles/Job Sites:

LinkedIn — LinkedIn is a networking site, something like Facebook, but geared toward professional profiles and connections. You add where you have worked and gone to school and find connections (past and present) who are also on LinkedIn. You can request or receive recommendations, search by individual, organization or industry. Like Facebook, you won’t get much of a view of LinkedIn without creating a profile.

Jobster –Employers post jobs, prospective employees post resumes and profiles. You can also add comments about different organizations you’ve worked for and what you did while you were there.

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Facebook Applications:

As you saw last week, Facebook literally has thousands of different applications that can be added to a user’s profile. And, as Facebook was initially designed by students and for students, there are a number of applications that students can use. Currently, there are 987 applications tagged as “education” that can be added to a Facebook profile. Here are a few examples:

  • Ask a Librarian — get help from your school’s librarian
  • Uni Thesis –an application for sharing your thesis with others and using other’s theses for inspiration. Upload and download presentations, essays and thesis.
  • Cheapest Textbooks — find the cheapest textbooks/books on the web. See what friends are searching for; sell or lend textbooks to friends
  • Tutor — this application connects tutors and students in a university or high school context–search for tutors, register as a tutor, or create a tutoring group
  • Scholarly Papers — bookmark, review and discuss scholarly papers. Share what you’re reading with friends
  • Patient Research — a free service from Elsevier that allows patients and interested parties to browse and access the same academic journals physicians and researchers use
  • Chemist –meet other chemists, get news, videos, and and job leads in your network
  • Internships — find the latest intern positions as well as those geographically closest
  • mynoteIT — a utility for any student at any grade level. Store all your school information in one place, and access it anywhere
  • SchoolTube — an integration of SchoolTube for Facebook with videos on academics, college campuses, career and technical information, speech and debate, and more
  • Textbook Fetch — another application to find the cheapest books for a class. Enter an ISBN number,Title, or Author and search for the best prices
  • Easy Bibliography Generator –create a properly formatted bibliography in MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and other citation styles that can be downloaded or printed

fire drillIn addition, a number of libraries, both academic and public, now have Facebook applications that allow users to search their library catalog from their Facebook profile. (Humm ….. maybe KRL someday?). As you know by now, to get more information on these applications, you’ll need to have a Facebook profile.


Pick one of these two options:

  1. Select two of the sites/applications above and take a tour of each. Post an entry in your blog with your impressions on how they might be used and who you think could benefit from them. OR,
  2. Create an account on one of the sites and write a brief review of it in your blog.

Additional Resources:

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators –a nice listing of a wide range of tools teachers can use in the classroom
Web 2.0 for the Classroom Teacher — another directory of tools for educators, grades K – 12

3 Responses

  1. Will this page be available after “all is done” so we can go back and review some of the Weeks?

  2. Yes – we’ll keep this site up with all the content. In fact, it’s going to morph into krl2.1 – no assignments or anything – but we’ll post new stuff that we find, and keep asking all of you for your ideas on how we can use some of the things we’ve learned.

    It may have a new front page, but everything will still be here.


  3. Fabulous addition and extremely useful for reference work – thank you!

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