Teaching is my life. One that’s made easier with a well-organized Mac. Unfortunately, schools are usually a mixture of Mac and PC, which often means a lack of uniform tools for students.
My quest for teacher and student apps to improve the teaching and learning process took me to the Mac App Store. What can you get for 99-cents?
The Portable Box Of Study
As much as I hate to admit it, the students that do best in school are also the most discipline. StudyBox is a simple, straightforward app for students that helps keep them focused.
At first I thought StudyBox to be nothing more than a good classroom note taking app. It’s that. And more.
Notes can be organized into sections using a spiral-bound notebook metaphor.
Students can flick back and forth to find notes from different classes. Images can be embedded into notes, drag and drop style. But the workflow (I hate to use that term) is mostly clutter free. It looks like a notebook.
An obvious feature in StudyBox is spell check. Yes, we use it in email and nearly every Mac app where we required to type something. But we’re talking about an app for students.
They’re still learning to type and learning to spell. Rather than automatically auto correct their typing, why not have a built-in alarm which makes noise or keeps score when they misspell a word?
StudyBox also uses iCal’s built-in events. Create an event, such as homework or project assignment (or quarterly or semester finals), and iCal takes care of the reminder.
Organize assignments by name or due date. Share files with other students (limited to a notebook or PDF—sharing notebook pages would be an improvement).
Also needed is an auto save function and the ability to record audio notes. Still, StudyBox is hard to beat. It’s a good app to help students focus on the basics of note taking, assignments, and organization. And it’s difficult to beat the price. 99-cents won’t get you much more value.