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Are you a student who is not a fan of tests? Do you wish you could have a chance to improve your test taking skills? Now you can, with the new app BenchPrep! This app is an online learning platform built to help students prepare for all sorts of tests. Tests like: standardized tests, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, ACT, SAT, and much more. The goal behind BenchPrep is to make studying be accessible and personalized for everyone whether it is through smartphones, tablets, or computers.

Thanks to BenchPrep’s interactive learning environment that it provides, it allows the users to study anywhere at any time. Students are given access to rich materials from a variety of different publishers, all at their fingertips.

BenchPrep creates a unique and  interactive learning environment. It allows students to study any time. It is the only test prep solution that allows students to study on the internet, using IOS or Android. With BenchPrep, students can access material from a number of different publishers in one place. A student can pay one fee and keep using the app again and again throughout the course of their academic career.

One of the greatest things about BenchPrep is the flexibility it provides for its users. For those who started on the tests on computer and happen to run out of time before completing, no worries! You can continue with your study on another computer or any other device and continue where you last left off.

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Free Educational Apps – Available Today

Now is your chance to download iPad apps that are normally on sale, but are free for a limited time. These educational apps are designed to help students with reading course documents and creating job resumes.

PDF- Scanner

The Smart PDF Scanner (regularly priced at $4.99) has a variety of different features to meet student scanning needs. This app allows students to scan documents even in poor lighting conditions. The app is designed to automatically detect the page edges. Smart PDF Scanner has an excellent tagging system, which helps students organize scanned documents under color-coded categories for easy browsing. If students need to share their scanned documents, Smart PDF Scanner allows students to export their scans in different formats, such as PDFs.


Resume Maker

Resume Maker is an iPad app that helps students easily create professionally looking resumes. The app is also available for free for a limited time (regularly priced at $2.99). The app provides students with a variety of beautiful pre-made resume and cover letter templates. Students can just add their own information. Resume Maker is also connected to LinkedIn, so resumes can instantly be imported to students LinkedIn profile.

With the help of these apps students are able to have a work space at the palm of their hand. These apps are free for a limited time. Enjoy!

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Textbook to Digital Magazine?

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A problem that some professors are noticing is that textbook material gets outdated – especially on topics like current events or ones that change quicker than a textbook can be published, such as business. The solution that some have found, is to use Flipboard, which is a collection of stories that are put together in magazine-format on an app. From this, users can create customized magazines from news outlets, social network sites, and other more up-to-date sources that allow for a more engaged interface. According to Lyna Matesi, a teacher in management, leadership, strategy, learning and development and ethics at the University of Wisconsin, her students love Flipboard and how it helps in her class where the textbook might lag such that it provides fresher and controversial topics.

Linda Bernstein, a teacher in journalism and social media at Long Island University Brooklyn, uses this app with her students to give them a chance to touch upon their potential career. In this specific class, budding journalist students are given a chance to “edit” a publication by using the editing tools provided on Flipboard. This app also lets students grab information from the primary source by ‘flipping’ in posts from Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook onto their own magazine page.

Steven Hornik, a teacher in  Advanced Accounting Information Systems at the University of Central Florida uses Flipboard as way for his students to find current event articles to discuss in class. He has found that this platform gives students a sense of pride in the look and feel of the page, and gives them more ownership over what they are doing. Hornik states that Flipboard has given students the chance see changes from semester to semester depending on the news and it gives a good timeline view of the subject.

All three professors reported that they were pleased that former students kept using Flipboard in their career or continued to curate magazines that were started in class. Others even recommended its use in other teachings. Flipboard is a free and useful way to collaborate in a group project due to its easy way to collect a variety of information from various resources and to be able to communicate with others through the app. It’s convenient because of its access through your phone, and is an organized way to find information, not only for class purposes, but for your own entertainment in current events as well.

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The Move to OneCampus

With technology constantly improving, Universities are trying to find ways to keep up with the change. The University of Hawaii is in the process of replacing its legacy portal with a new system called OneCampus. This system from rSmart, is a system that provides access to campus services from any device. At the University of Hawaii, this service connects its 55,000+  students and more than 8,000 faculty members with hundreds of different online services on all 10 campuses across all the islands.

Hae Okimoto, director of academic technologies, stated that the University needed an alternative solution that would meet the changing needs of the students and Universities. He also states that OneCampus is a great way to provide the users with a simple and mobile-friendly way to navigate the services.

OneCampus has features like a Google-like search and ratings and reviews that allow the administrators to see which features are being used and the satisfaction rate. The University can also share announcements such as an upcoming service outage and assign tasks to the campuses.

As the time to switch to OneCampus approaches, beta testers are continuously adding tasks to the system in advance for the full release.


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EDpuzzle Integrates with Google Classroom


EDpuzzle is a great program that helps students and professors create videos and customize them by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.  EDpuzzle has even merged with Google Classroom. Now professors or students can automatically upload a finished video to the course of their choice. Classroom groups are listed in the top-up window. You simply select the class and assign your lesson. You can also upload videos from YouTube.

Professors are also about to track the progress of each student throughout the course. You are also able to see who watched the video, who didn’t understand the lesson, and who did a good job.

With a simple tool that doesn’t require heavy video editing knowledge everything is simple and easy to understand. With a click of a button your video is ready for your students or peers to watch. This program will enhance student learning with the help of technology.


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