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The Student Innovators is a group of students passionate about using technology to help learning. They will be trying out apps and web tools alongside their studies and give feedback on the Student Innovator blog. They work together as a team to share their experiences so you know before you download which app is best. You are welcome to read their reviews and leave comments.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Quiz Maker by Liam

Name of App:
  Quiz Maker

Cost: Free

Device/s used: iPhone

What was good about this tool?
Whats good about quiz maker is that you can create your own quizzes easily and for free! When you are creating them you can add photos and voice messages. I can create quizzes on the go and test myself on my topics. The app is bright and colourful which makes it fun do my quizzes. 

What was bad about this tool?
This app is only available on Apple and you need to save and quit when editing quizzes you have already saved.

There is a full upgrade for this app, which allows you to unlock the cloud functions and more.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Gojimo by Connie

Name of App:  Gojimo

Cost: Free

Device/s used: iPod

What was good about this tool?
I really like this app, its main purpose is revision. It has many subjects and levels to choose from as well as specific exam boards so that you're not revising the stuff that you don't need to! You can select your subjects so you don't need to go through the initial process every time and it keeps track of your progress. The quizzes can be done of a specific unit or a random selection of your course topics. You can choose the amount of questions in each quiz from 5 to 25. After each quiz it gives you your percentage of correct answers and you can see your results for each unit. Therefore helping you spot your weaknesses and improve upon them. When redoing a quiz, your results get added to your previous one which gives you an average overall for that subject and also an accurate interpretation of what level you're working at. 

In settings you have the option of being shown the correct answer after every question, none of the questions, or just the ones you get wrong. Also there is the option to do it under timed conditions, which will be useful closer to the exams. Its also useful as you can dip in and out with this app, and revise even when you only have a few minutes and of course having it on a mobile device makes it easier to take with you than all of your course notes!

What was bad about this tool?
Unfortunately there is a down side with the Psychology subject on this app as where the lecturers have discretion over which studies to use, this can mean that not every single one can be covered in the app. 

Friday, 24 April 2015

GCSE Algebra by Louis

Name of App:  GCSE Algebra

Cost: Free (partly)

Device/s used: SAMSUNG (ANDROID) 

What was good about this tool? 
I have been using this app during one of  my Maths lesson and it was really great.It solves equations and algebra quickly and accurately . Also, it includes a mock test which you can test your understanding in different topics.

I would recommend this app to those who are doing algebra because it really helps a lot on that and it is quite cheap to get the full version which is only £2.


What was bad about this tool? 

Unfortunately,the app is more likely to be a demo version as most of its functions can only be used in the full version.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Handle by Liam

Name of App:  Handle

Cost: Free

Device/s used: iPhone

What was good about this tool?
This app helps to organise your schedule using features like to do lists, emails (send and receive) and calendars. You can add 'to dos' straight from the email feature, if you swipe to the left you have the option to read later, delete or archive, or if you swipe right create a 'to do', remind me or add to calendar. The 'to do' feature you can add a reminder and due date. You can also assign the 'to do' to a project, this is great for assignments or exams. 

The app uses its own calendar, you can use this to put in your class timetable and assignment due dates. 

All these feature sync together really well. I have found it really easy to move around the app to access these different features.

What was bad about this tool?
I have found nothing bad, I thing this app is a great for keeping my college work organised!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

MyHomework by Rory

Name of App:  MyHomework 

Cost: Free

Device/s used: iPhone/iPad/iPod/Macbook (Online)

What was good about this tool?
This app was a tool to enable you to know what homework you have and the dates it has to be completed by. But it is even better as you could sign into the app and then connect with other students in your class and your teacher, so if you were to miss a lesson your teacher would be able to upload any work you had missed and any sources or textbook links you needed to complete your work. This would be extremely useful for holiday work or days missed due to illness and you could just nip on your phone to see what you'd missed rather than having to email your teacher back and fourth to see what you need to do.

What was bad about this tool?
There aren't really many bad aspects to this app as it is an established app with regular updates meaning that the app is constantly getting better rather than staying stagnant. 

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Pocket review – by Mustafa Mahmoud

Pocket review

By Mustafa Mahmoud

Pocket is a good productivity app that allows you to save webpages, similar to bookmarking, however these are webpages that you can access offline. There are two modes to view the webpages, article view, and web view. Web view displays the page in the same way that a webpage would, with all the pictures and layout being the same. Article view breaks it down to its simplest form, with the text becoming the main focus of the page. There is a good amount of customisation available, including editing text size and colour. You can also request the app to read the page out to you.

This app works best for those studying from websites or blogs for example, with the app both caching and simplifying the page, making the information accessible and easy on the eyes. The app is free, with a premium option available (although the free version works just fine) and is available on android, iOS, Kobo and your web browser.

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