– what a student-developed, student-focused learning/study tool looks like

Thought I’ve been away I did try to catch up in Bloglines the last 2 days and I didn’t see this making the rounds so hopefully of interest –, while still in beta, is an incredibly simple student-focused tool that currently supports note taking and scheduling, with file storage and self grade-tracking coming soon. There are three things about it that are really beautiful:

– it is REALLY simple, and yet quite useful. Try the note creation facility; it’s a very nice web-based outliner that uses keyboard commands (more below)

– all class notes are shared (you have to agree to this to use the system). So not only does this create an ecology of class notes for individual classes (with basic ‘tagging’ principles in play as to how to identify a class, no heavyweight SIS-integration here) but by searching on certain terms you may find class notes from other classes, even from other institutions, around specific keywords (which does raise quality issues, but one assumes the developers could bring practices from other social softwares to bear here).

– based on the amazingly simple interface, I assume (though I couldn’t find such an announcement on their site) that a prime target for the app will be cell phones/PDAs and other mobile devices.

So… a web-based, mobile-accessible site for students to store THEIR notes/information about THEIR studies, which simultaneously gives them access to other students’ notes as well. So cool. – SWL

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