Useful Graphic: 100 Free Online Resources For Students
by Ashley McCann
Thanks to the internet, we have an entire world of information and resources at our fingertips – and sometimes that feels like both a blessing and a curse.
Sure, we have access to archives, databases, tools, and up-to-the-minute commentary on current events, but finding and using this information requires that we wade through endless notifications, advertisements, and questionable content – not to mention the “fun” online distractions that challenge productivity on a daily basis (we’re looking at you, Twitter).
One of the greatest struggles for many students — and teachers, if we’re being honest — is staying organized and on task in this sea of information, and although there is an abundance of apps and software that promise to assist in this endeavor, more often than not, they just add to the distracting background noise and create more digital clutter.
“Using technology for learning makes sense. Technology creates access, transparency, and opportunity. Any smartphone or tablet is media incarnate–video, animation, eBooks, essays, blog posts, messages, music, games. The modalities of light, color, and sound all arranged just so to communicate a message or create an experience,” said our own Terry Heick.
“But there is a difference between using technology and integrating it deeply into the learning experiences of students.”
This distinction between technology use and integration is an important one. The use of technology is almost a given in this day in age – however, knowing which resources to use and when is a skill worthy of exploration.
The following graphic from Laptopstudy.com offers a comprehensive list of software that’s truly useful for students. Keep these resources in mind while planning your lessons and help students develop an online toolkit that will benefit them beyond the classroom.
What resources would you add to this list? Leave your favorites in the comment section below.
100 Free Helpful Online Resources For Students