A digital toolkit for content discovery and curation, collating and organising information, communicating and collaborating, reading and research, writing and referencing, presentations and publishing. This list has been tailored to meet the general needs of my students in the core media and cultural studies units of a tertiary level creative media degree. All recommended apps and services are either free to use or offer free versions with some user restrictions. For more app options, check out these comprehensive listicles featuring an extensive selection of apps bundled into the following categories: Apps for Creativity, Apps for Writing and Blogging, Apps for Presentations and Apps for Content Curation.
Medium is a place to read, write, and interact with the stories that matter most to you. Medium is an easy-to-use blog publishing platform. It’s great for people who want to quickly publish content without having to think about information display.
Train yourself to double or triple your reading speed, without sacrificing comprehension. Absorb knowledge, faster.
Hemingway App is a program that highlights common text errors. You can use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice and complicated words. If you see a yellow highlight, shorten the sentence or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this sentence to remove the red.
Academia.edu is a place to share and discover scholarly research and connect with academics in your field of interest.
For many of us, key-typing is slow and thus time-consuming. Speechnotes lets you type at the speed of speech (slow & clear speech).
Speechnotes lets you move from voice-typing (dictation) to key-typing seamlessly. This way, you can dictate when convenient and type when more appropriate. You can also dictate and edit your text results right away, and continue dictating. This is a browser-based app which also makes it quick to launch and convenient for email and other online communication.
Switch effortlessly between using the keyboard and your voice to type out notes. Work smarter and more productively with fast, accurate dictation and transcription.
Annotate the web, with anyone, anywhere.
We’re a nonprofit on a mission to bring an open conversation over the whole web. Use Hypothesis right now to hold discussions, read socially, organize your research, and take personal notes.
A chrome extension that summarizes web pages for you and saves on reading time.
MeisterTask is an intuitive collaboration and task management tool. Create a project, add as many team members as you want, assign tasks and follow each other’s progress. MeisterTask’s flexible project boards adapt to your workflow and make sure everyone is always on the same page.
WasteNoTime is a browser extension which is designed to help you manage your time spent on the Internet more efficiently.
Create impactful business presentations and sales pitches with our online software. Cloud-based for seamless real-time collaboration.
WorkFlowy is an organizational tool that makes life easier. It's a surprisingly powerful way to take notes, make lists, collaborate, brainstorm, plan and generally organize your brain.
Wordpress helps you create a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com. Hundreds of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes. Free hosting and support.
Qiqqa is a Windows-based award-winning research management software, designed for commercial and academic researchers. If you deal with lots of PDFs and ideas during your research, you'll love what Qiqqa can do for you but only if you work on Windows or use a virtual PC program as it is not available for Mac.
Dropbox is a cloud storage solution that works the way you do. Get to all your files from anywhere, on any device, and share them with anyone.
Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.
Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community. Use Diigo for better reading and research with annotation, highlighter, sticky notes, archiving, bookmarking & more.
Making documents and presentations available on the web quickly and easily is possible with this tools. Slideshare allow you to embed your documents and presentations into a webpage or LMS and allow students to view your uploads in their own viewer so instead of having to download the documents and open then in Word or Powerpoint, you can scroll through them right on the screen where you have embedded them.
Take notes with recorded audio. AudioNote combines note-taking and voice recording software to create a powerful tool that saves you time while improving the quality of your notes. Available for iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android.
Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more with Google Drive.
How much do you think you use your phone every day? 1 hour? 3 hours? Mute keeps you posted on: your daily screen time and pickups; the frequency you check your phone; and how long you can resist its pull! Mute automatically tracks when you use your phone at home, work, school or on the move so it can help you to break habitual use.
Bring your life's work together in one digital workspace. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and move your important projects forward.
Feedly connects you to the information and knowledge you care about. We help you get more out of you work, education, hobbies and interests. The feedly platform lets you discover sources of quality content, follow and read everything those sources publish with ease and organize everything in one place.
Instant grammar checker, pagiarism checker - online proofreader. Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.
The NaturalReader text-to-speech application converts PDF files, MS Word documents, and e-books into spoken words. NaturalReader saves you from experiencing eye strain, and lets you sit back, relax, and listen. It is also an efficient proofreading tool; it not only picks out mistakes in your work, but gives you a good sense of the natural flow of what you have written. NaturalReader is a great help to students with dyslexia or other learning difficulties.
Find over 80 million publications, 8 million researchers and 1 million answers to research questions. ResearchGate is a network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences. All for free.
Improve your focus and boost your productivity. Block out annoying noises and create the right environment for working or relaxing. Noisli is the best and most beautifully designed productivity companion throughout your day. No matter if you are in an environment where it is too loud or too quiet, with Noisli you can create and listen to your favorite background sounds in order to focus and concentrate on your tasks.
Unstuck is an in-the-moment digital coach that's ready any time you're feeling stuck.
Unstuck offers up personalized digital tools and content to help you get from stuck to unstuck, no matter what the challenge may be. Feeling stuck? Well the app helps you diagnose what’s really going on—with a challenge at work, a relationship issue, a goal that’s just out of reach. It teases out what you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, and what you’re actually doing.
Install this Chrome extension to use Microsoft Office editors (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) from Google Drive.
No need to manually download your Office files nor to upload them after editing. Just one click to open and edit Office files from Google Drive. Works with Word, Excel and Powerpoint files.
Create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Store documents online and access them from any computer. Get stuff done with or without an internet connection. Use Docs to edit Word files.
Interactive training and walkthroughs, right within G Suite
G Suite Training is a Chrome extension that offers simple and interactive training lessons to get you up and running fast with G Suite (formerly Google Apps).
• Rich, interactive training - Whether you’re in Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, or Docs, you can learn and take actions, all at the same time.
• In-App experience - Training is accessible directly within G Suite, so you don’t need to leave the application to learn how to use it.
• Available to all - Whether it’s to master Google Classroom, or the G Suite Admin Console, G Suite Training is free for your entire organization.
Automatically reference everything correctly with CiteThisForMe. Save your work forever, build multiple bibliographies, run plagiarism checks, and much more.
Rewordify.com helps you read more, understand better, learn new words, and teach more effectively.
Keeping up with the latest research is tough. Millions of new research papers are published each year. Then there’s reports, white papers and company documents. Your usual research tools can find the most recent or influential ones, but you still have hundreds of papers on your desktop – and no time to read them. Skimming the abstract doesn’t give you enough insight into how important a paper could be to your work.
Summarize articles, text, websites, essays and PDF documents online for free with SMMRY.
Habitica is a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you, Habitica can help you achieve your goals to become healthy, hard-working, and happy.
Intelligent Speaker is text-to-speech browser extension which transforms any written text into speech and reads it aloud. It works with web pages and local files. Intelligent Speaker supports Google Docs. You can listen to books, articles, news and any written content. Our product runs on the best text-to-speech engine technology which guarantees human-like voice, smart text recognition and natural sounding.
Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It's real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.
When you find something you want to view later, put it in . Pocket lets you save articles, videos or other various content on the web so you can easily find and read them later.
Thesaurus and word tools for your creative needs. Find the word you're looking for!
Create, share and collaboratively work on mind maps with MindMeister, the leading online mind mapping software.
Mendeley is a free reference manager and an academic social network. Manage your research, showcase your work, connect and collaborate with over six million researchers worldwide.
Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then share the results of your research.
Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find, share, organise and present ideas for all of your projects and interests.
Download free Acrobat Reader DC software, the only PDF viewer that lets you read, search, print, and interact with virtually any type of PDF file.
Apogee creates MLA/APA-formatted customizeable citations in one click, so you can focus on your research, not your cites.
TomatoTimer is a flexible and easy to use online Pomodoro Technique Timer.
Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. And with millions of users in more than 190 countries, we’re well on our way. You can try Headspace for yourself and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with our free Basics pack.
Is your computer keeping you up late? f.lux is a free download that warms up your computer display at night, to match your indoor lighting.
Sleepytime helps you figure out when to go to sleep and when to wake up, by estimating sleep cycles based on 90 minutes each. This is the app store link, but it's also available on Android.
Wunderlist helps millions of people around the world capture their ideas, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life. Wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your lists from anywhere.
Adobe Digital Editions provides you with a way to view and manage media rich eBooks and other digital publications. With Digital Editions you can read EPUB and PDF eBooks downloaded via your EBrary subscription on your desktop computer.
A note taking tool for your mobile device to take with you on the road. Makes geo-referenced data sharing and collection a snap for those on the go.
Stand Up! is our fun, flexible work break timer. By now you know that sitting down is slowly killing you, and we want to help you live longer. It's as simple as standing up! It's also great for RSI sufferers, or anyone that needs to take regular breaks.