Top 7 apps for today’s digital student

January 17th, 2012 by rebeccac

Balancing class with work and family life can be a challenge for any college student. Luckily, you have a host of tools at your disposal that can help you stay organized and productive. Check out these useful apps and programs that can help you succeed.


iPhone, iPad

Can’t seem to put that game of Angry Birds on hold long enough to focus on your studies? Try iProcrastinate, a tool for organizing all of the to-do lists and tasks you have on your plate. Just enter your homework assignments, exam dates, or other tasks, and then break them down into manageable steps if necessary. You can also sync your lists from your computer to your iPad or iPhone to stay organized on the go. Additional perks include color-coding, priority levels and the ability to share tasks with others.

Google Apps Suite

Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry

Many college students these days rely heavily on tools like Google Docs, Books, Scholar, Email, Calendar and Search. Google Docs, for example, gives group members the ability to chat and share documents, and Google Scholar allows students to search through a variety of scholarly literature. Google Calendar and Gmail can keep you organized and connected to your friends and classmates, and Google Books allows you to research books and purchase e-books.


iPhone, iPad

Keep your class schedule and notes organized with inClass. This multidimensional app allows you to take photo, video, audio or text notes, input your class schedule, and set task and course alarms. You can also share and print your notes from class, and badges on your home screen will tell you how much homework you have for the next two weeks.


Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android

Create your own digital flashcards or browse through a vast library of flashcards others have created on a variety of topics. Customize your flashcards with photos, generate custom tests and printable materials, or play games based on your flashcards to help you prepare for quizzes and exams. After creating your flashcards, you can choose from an assortment of apps to access them on your smartphone or tablet.


Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry

Tired of carrying USB flash drives or other mobile storage devices to keep your assignments accessible? Install Dropbox on your computer or mobile advice to take advantage of the cloud storage system that allows you to access your files anywhere. Dropbox users receive 2GB of storage for free, but can upgrade to a paid subscription to receive up to 100GB.


Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry

Tired of scribbling down illegible notes in class? Ditch the notebook with Evernote, an award-winning note-taking and organizational app. Take notes anywhere and organize them, then access them from every mobile device and computer you use. You can also create to-do lists, save useful web pages, and share your notes with friends and classmates.


Mac, PC, iPad

Tired of using the same old PowerPoint templates for your class presentations? Try Prezi, an interactive, cloud-based presentation tool that allows users to create non-linear, zoom-enabled presentations that are often more visually appealing than standard PowerPoint slides. Simply create your presentation online, then access it from the web at anytime – no offline storage is necessary.

Use these tools to stay focused and working hard toward your educational goals. Feel free to pat yourself on the back when you receive your final grades.

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How Technology Has Changed Raising Children

December 8th, 2011 by Clifford

How Technology Has Changed Raising Children? [Infographic]

Written by featured author .

From how technology helps you soothe your baby, to how technology can help you even before you baby is born — this infographic shows many different ways in which technology has changed the way moms now raise their children. The source has many great bits of information like pieces of furniture and tools that mothers used to use, to wireless technology and software apps that now do the same job. It also talks of the growing disconnect between mothers and their babies due to work schedules and careers.

The piece also has interesting facts like a baby whose first name is “Facebook,” tips on how to bullet-proof your baby’s stroller and technologies that now help parents pick the sex of their child before it is born. There is also a quick rundown of educational toys and what they will help your child achieve, including: physical growth, language skills and cognitive thinking.

Being a great mother and balancing a career can be very difficult, so use US College Search today to get going in the right direction. You can follow us on Twitter or Google+.

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Why is Information Technology Important?

December 2nd, 2011 by Clifford

information-technology-collegesWritten by featured author .

Computer-based technologies have transformed the global marketplace in a thousand different ways. For people who have an aptitude for computers, information technology (IT) can be the key to a rewarding and successful career. Aspects of IT, like database programming and software applications development, are fascinating in their own right, but nowadays, almost every industry uses digital technology and the IT specialist plays a critical role within a variety of companies.

Which industries use information technology? The list would be much shorter if you asked which don’t. To name just a few: Healthcare has been changed by recent reform legislation to effect the transition from paper to electronic medical records by 2013. The online colleges model of distance learning grew 21% between 2009 and 2010, utterly transforming the field of education. Modern manufacturing relies upon as many digital as physical distribution channels.

What do IT professionals do?

IT professionals analyze the hardware and software needs of the companies they work for and oversee installation. They are responsible for ensuring that all digital processes are carried out efficiently and securely. Their interpersonal and management skills are every bit as important as their technical skills since they will be interacting with practically every individual within the company.

If IT is for you, your college search begins by finding every computer information systems school you can, reviewing their offerings and seeing whether their curriculum is the right track for your goals. One computer information systems college may be oriented toward business analysis, for example, while another one might emphasize the fundamentals of healthcare technology. Choose the computer information systems school that’s right for you.

The top IT jobs

What kinds of jobs will be available to you when you graduate from a computer information systems school? Begin your college search by taking a look at the list of IT jobs generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal fact-finding agency for the Department of Labor, to see just what your career choice entails.

  • Computer and information research scientists are the theoreticians who push the new technology to its limits. Their work frequently leads to breakthroughs in new product lines and systems of management. These scientists work in a variety of environments, from schools to the R&D divisions of private companies to government agencies.
  • Computer and information systems managers are the digital technology gatekeepers at their companies, charged with overseeing the hardware, software and staff who utilize and maintain technology.
  • Computer hardware engineers design and develop the machines and equipment that run our modern world, from ever more efficient routers to faster computers to smart phones with more memory and more apps.
  • Computer software engineers write and compile the computer programs, from spreadsheets to the SIMs, that we use for business and entertainment.
  • Database administrators oversee the vast amount of information a company accumulates and references over the course of its business cycles. They are responsible for ensuring that only people with the right credentials have access to this information.
  • Network systems and data communications analysts design, maintain and perform quality assurance on the sophisticated communication relays through which computers “talk” with one another.
  • Computer systems analysts determine what kinds of computers will best suit a company’s specific needs.
  • Network and computer systems administrators oversee the design, maintenance and installation of a company’s computer communication systems, from local area networks (LANs) to intranet and Internet systems.
  • Computer support specialists are the hand holders and troubleshooters who get your computer up and running smoothly when it runs into an occasional problem.

Once you find a job description that appeals to you, tailor your college search toward finding a computer information systems college that has a solid curriculum geared toward teaching you the necessary skill set. As an IT professional in today’s workforce, you’re expected to hit the ground running, and with a degree from any computer information systems colleges, you will.

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Google is Putting Together an Online Science Fair

January 11th, 2011 by admin

Time to dust off the plans for that model super volcano you wanted to build in the 6th grade.google_logo-300x125 It looks like Google is about to push the envelope again by holding an online, worldwide science fair.

If you are student between the ages of 13 – 18 and are a citizen of Earth, you may participate. What is at stake for the winners? Big giant blue ribbons that will collect dust hanging on your vanity mirror next to a picture of Val Kilmer in Real Genius? Negative, scholarships and job opportunities will be divvied out to those who impress the judges the most.

Google has been working on the Science Fair’s website where participants will be able to submit their entries. The site will hold all the details and rules for those who are interested.

The event is schedule to launch on January 11 at 9 a.m. EST. There will be a live event held online on a new Science Fair YouTube Channel that Google has been building out.

CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), made famous in the Dan Brown novels, is one of the partners helping Google put on the world wide Science Fair. Other partners include LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American.

The scientific consortiums mission here is “to create a new kind of online science competBeaker_muppet-ts-78366206ition that is more global, open and inclusive than ever before.” The website also states that they are “looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today.”

Educators and mad scientists name Professor Farnsworth can visit the website to sign up for classroom materials, stickers, bookmarks and wall posters. You can also register on the site and read about how the entries will be judged.

It should be very interesting to see what types of entries are submitted. I am sure there will be a great opportunity to do a pan-social-survey of how American kids do versus the rest of the world. Either way we applaud Google for trying to break down worldwide borders and taking one step closer to becoming the United Federation of Planets.

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Tired of Carrying Around all Those Books?

September 18th, 2008 by admin

The campus bookstore is a familiar sight every semester. Students stand packed in line, their arms crowded with almost more books than they can hold.

But the future is changing.

Electronic book readers are really starting to pick up steam.  Instead of waiting in line and hauling a dozen books around, with ebook readers, students will be able to download the books instantly, and carry their entire semester’s worth of books on a single, lightweight device.

It’s already starting to happen.  This year, Penn State Universities Libraries and the English Department are beginning a project using the Sony Reader Digital Book, testing how useful having electronic book readers can be in a higher education setting.  And Plastic Logic has announced a new, larger electronic reading device that might just be perfect for academic textbooks!  Even library books are now becoming available electronically.

So this semester, go ahead and buy that backpack.  But who knows?  By next year, it might be out of style!

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3 Technology Tips to Make College Search Easier

March 15th, 2008 by Clifford

Finding that perfect college can be a drag, but with the clever use of technology you can save time and frustration.

1 – Google Domain Restriction Queries:

If you are doing a search and only want to pull up lists of colleges you can actually restrict your search to weed out other types of websites. The way this is done is with Google’s site: operator. For instance, if I want to pull up schools offering MBA Programs I would use the following query:

“ mba programs”

This query produces these results. This is a pretty clean set of results and can make your search much easier.

You can also use this restrictive parameter to search within a site that you like. Let’s say you want to search only US College Search for “florida business schools”, but you want to use Google’s search technology. The query would be:

“ florida business schools”

This query would yield these results.


2 – Use an RSS Aggregator to Collect Feeds

Blogs are no longer just an interesting new technology, they are a necessity. Today, most major web sites have blogs on them. They are nice, but to take advantage of this new technology you need an RSS Aggregator. These tools keep you from having to keep going back to blogs to check on updates. When the blog updates, your RSS Aggregator updates as well. Some popular aggregators are:

How do they work? You just need to set up an account, and then when you are on a blog you will see words like “RSS” or Feed.” You might also see an orange RSS symbol (square with white stripes).

Click on these links and you will be able to add that blogs feed to your feed reader. Once you have some feeds added you can go into your reader and it will show you all the latest headlines from your favorite blogs. This makes consuming blog content much easier. Now, when you find a site that has a blog you like, just add it to your reader. These may be school blogs, or just blogs about education search in general. It’s a huge time saver.


3 – Use Social Sites to Research Lesser Known Schools

Social sites like Yahoo Answers can weed out the polished PR speak many schools feed to the masses. The use of social sites can give you the low down on less known schools that are more difficult to research.

These social sites can also be a great way to fine tune your search by finding out more specific information. Maybe you know about a school, but need more information about a specific program and the quality of the faculty. Some great social sites to help you with your research are:

A great tip for Yahoo Answers is to use their RSS features. If search for questions about “business colleges,” there will be an option to grab the RSS feed for this query. Then, any new questions about business colleges from other users will be piped into your RSS Feed Reader.

Another great way to use social sites is to find people that went to a school you are looking at. Sites like MySpace and Facebook have tons of information on who went where. Do a few searches on these sites to find people who have been through the program and shoot them a message.

Start your college search at US College Search or find us on Facebook and Twitter and check out all of our online degree options.

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iPods in the Classroom

March 7th, 2007 by admin

Any college student can tell you that iPods took over most college campuses soon after they were introduced. Walking across campus, if students aren’t on their cell phone, they are probably listening to music on some variety of Apple’s iPod. But recently, colleges have started embracing the trend and attempting to use it for academic purposes.

“When they aren’t dancing, those familiar iPod silhouettes are probably hunkered down in the classroom, where the devices have become a common learning tool.

More than 70 million iPods have been sold since they were introduced by Apple more than five years ago. Now, with the MP3 player’s foothold in academia, universities and companies are quickly expanding the amount of study materials students can use with them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Internet access in the classroom: helpful or harmful?

March 10th, 2006 by Key Magazine

As more school districts go high-tech across the nation with wireless internet access, electronic textbooks and laptops in the classroom, many educators are asking if these new technologies are a learning tool or a crutch for today’s students.

Consider the students at Mill Creek Middle School in Kent, Wash., who are allowed to use the internet to look up answers for quizzes and tests.

“What I’m hoping is that they can find information to help them become better thinkers,” says Mill Creek teacher Becky Keene.

According to NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander, students at High Tech High in San Diego, are building their own online study guides. They even record messages explaining the chemistry lessons to themselves. And, yes, they can use it during a test.

“I don

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The Basics of Blogging

February 10th, 2006 by Key Magazine

I was just walking back to my room from my friend Katie’s room (where she rocked me at Super Smash Bros. and I rocked her at Diddy Kong Racing) and got super introspective on the way. It is really bizarre to think that I live here. I mean, I know it’s what, seven weeks in?, and I’m thinking this way. But I got here, and I have never gotten homesick. … The closest I’ve gotten is kittysick. I just feel super-comfortable and at home here. I even call my room home, which led to confusion when I was talking to Bob. There was no awkward transition. St. Ben’s was just suddenly home.

This opening paragraph isn’t a scene from a reality TV show about anxious college students. It’s an entry from the blog of Kathy Cosmano, sophomore in English Education at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

If these thoughts seem a bit personal, well, that’s because they are intended for Cosmano’s friends and family. Cosmano, like thousands of other college students, has discovered that blogging is an affective way to keep in touch with friends and family.

A blog is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles. Blogs range in scope from personal diaries to news outlets to corporate identity vehicles. No reliable statistics exist for the number of active blogs today, but if one blog provider is any indication, the number is huge and growing every day. MSN alone has created 4.5 million blog accounts so far this year.

Cosmano started her blog at the end of her senior year in high school, but didn’t regularly use it until arriving at college her freshman year.

“It’s a good way to keep in touch and see what’s going on in my life,” said Cosmano. “It is easier than calling everyone.”

Reach out and blog someone

Staying connected to her community of family and friends is important to Cosmano, but so is the idea that she is creating a history of her college years.

“It’s nice to be able to share my frustrations or my excitement about what’s going on,” she said. “And my blog is always going to be there, whether I look at it again or not.”

Keeping the blog updated can be a chore, Cosmano said, and some weeks it doesn’t get updated as often as it should. Still, she tries to post a few times a week.

“It distracts me a lot from homework,” she said, “but it’s a good timesaver. I have a lot of people to keep in touch with, so it’s nice to have that one place to go to keep in touch with everyone.”

Blogging does have its downsides, according to Cosmano, so you must be cautious.

“Sometimes people will type in things that make them mad about friends and it gets around and gets made into a big tadoo. I’ve avoided that thankfully.”

She’s aware that future employers may very well find her blog while doing background research during the hiring process, but it is not a concern to her.

“I think it’s crazy and not a thing to worry about when you go out into the real world,” she said. “I use pretty good grammar, and I don’t think I’ve written anything terrible.”

Beginning a Blog

A number of blog providers offer free blog space, including Once you register, simply select a template for your blog and a blogger profile. Then you are ready to start blogging.
It’s important to remember that even though the blog is being written for a specific group of people, it can be found by anyone who knows how to search the Internet. A good rule of thumb – don’t write anything that could not be shown to a parent, friend or potential employer.

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College campuses promote digital community

October 10th, 2005 by Key Magazine

College campuses are some of the most wired places in the country. Students at most colleges and universities can connect to the school network from anywhere on campus with, or without wires. Newsweek recently published an article on the trend for college campuses to lead the way to a completely digital world.

The most wired students in the history of the world, just like Allen, are going off to college. Today’s entering freshmen created PowerPoint presentations in middle school, if not before – and yet may have never “dialed” a telephone. They grew up digital: with PCs, broadband and cell phones at the ready. Likelier to reach for Google than for a dictionary, they live-journal their days and photoblog their snaps, trade music and swim in a sea of messages – e-mail, instant messaging and text. Some of their parents may not even know what verbs like live-journal and IM mean. “Students are so tied in to computing and networking that it’s almost like an extension of their central nervous system,” says Garland Elmore, a professor of informatics and communications at Indiana University. “It’s how they connect to their friends, it’s how they connect to information – it’s how they connect to their world.”

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