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10 apps to use for the 2017-2018 term

These higher education apps are geared to both campus staff and students and allow for functionalities needed next year and beyond.

From apps that manage finances and credit scores to those that find scholarships for all education levels, and from apps that better organize collaborative projects to those that allow for unprecedented organization of scholarly articles, these higher education apps have major potential for the 2017-2018 term.

Used any of the apps listed? Have some suggestions of your own? Be sure to leave your comments in the comment section below.

[Listed in alphabetical order]


1. CamScanner

This app allows users to turn their mobile devices into a portable scanner. Simply take a photo of the page you wish to digitize, and the app will give you the option to convert it into a PDF/JPEG file, store in the cloud, and even print or fax the document. Smart cropping and auto enhancing make the texts and graphics look clear and sharp; easily share documents in PDF or JPEG format with others via social media, email attachment or sending the doc link; instantly print out docs in CamScanner with nearby printer via AirPrint; directly fax docs to over 30 countries from the app; and extract the scanned text (Optical Character Recognition) and make PDF files searchable. Price: Free, but $4.99/month to unlock all the capabilities. iOS, Android


2. Due

A good option for both professors and students, this app alerts the user of deadlines without the need for an internet connection. With Due, users can set reusable countdown reminders and implement both daily and weekly reminders that capitalize on nearly 60 alert tones. Also, reminders sync across all devices and automatically shift across time zones. Other features include keeping track of outstanding tasks with Smart Badges; iOS Reminders integration (auto import reminders created with Siri); an  undo and redo option; full VoiceOver support; full dynamic Type support (for smaller and large text sizes); and localized for 17 languages. Price: $4.99. iOS


 3. EdCast

From its “10 minute insight series”  to its mini-MOOC movement, EdCast has become the place for students and professionals alike to grab quick tidbits from some of the world’s leading experts. EdCast’s app allows users to discover their most relevant learning opportunities, including those from co-workers, internal experts, formal and informal courses, external experts, MOOCs, and the internet. Users also receive a real-time micro-learning feed to their phone, curated, personalized, and constantly calibrated just for them. Instantly create and share learning and knowledge with followers and teams, and instantly stream live video from your phone, share with your team, and/or save for future viewing. Price: Free. iOS, Android


 4. Gradeproof

A personal editor for improving writing, one sentence at a time. GradeProof’s AI offers concrete ways to improve your style, check for originality, as well as identify complex grammatical issues that other word processors often miss. Users can easily add written work, with options to import email attachments or use cloud storage services like DropBox. GradeProof will even increase and decrease word count on demand, all in a matter of seconds. Price: Free, but $10/month to unlock full capabilities. iOS, Desktop


 5. LinkedIn

This app is nothing new, but it’s importance will only continue to grow as more students and higher education professional rely on networking for growing their career and partnership opportunities. Premium options include the use of exclusive tools and insights to find a job, grow a business, find sales leads, or hire talent. General price: Free. For Job Seekers: $29.99 monthly. For Business Professionals: $59.99 monthly. For Sales Professionals: $79.99 monthly. For Talent Professionals: $119.95 monthly. iOS, Android

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