Online Academic Resources

  • At Dean College, we believe in offering our students as many resources as possible to augment and assist the personal attention and service our staff delivers.

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    Suggested Apps for College Students

    Handwriting, note taking, audio recording, annotate PDFs, cloud sync your notes to Dropbox, and more

    Utilize pdf-notes to manage all the pdf files on your iPad. Fast display, quick page-turning even a thousand pages, useful finger-writing and email your notes to your friends. There are many pdf readers allow you to annotate; but do you know which app allows you can write any notes in a second? If you are using pdf-notes, you may experience very fast and intuitive finger-writing like: zoom-in and note by double-tap or; writing with one finger, page-turning with two fingers, pen-changing with three fingers. Easy importing PDF files through (DropBox, Email or Safari's) "Open In..." or iTunes. Categorized multiple bookshelves(booklists) with powerful search; Displaying pages as optimized size 1024x768 of iPad

    Organize your schedule. Share your notes. Ace your classes are a free app that has some features similar to iStudiez Pro. It is a good basic app for organizing your terms, courses and daily calendar but it also has the additional benefit of note-taking with the app. So, your notes are organized for you within your courses and your daily schedule. However, there are some important features within the note-taking option that allow it to stand out: when note-taking you have the option to record audio (even in the background), insert or take a picture as well as file-share. All useful options for students with LDs, as students can benefit from audio and visual enhancements to printed notes as well as the tight integration of reminders of due dates of tasks in courses.

    iThoughts is a mind mapping tool for the iPhone/iPod Touch - built for iOS4. If you have an iPad then please check out iThoughtsHD. 

    Task lists, Brainstorming, Project planning, Goal setting, Course Notes/Revision.

    Brainstorming, mind mapping, collaborating:

    Read, annotate, and share their PDFs. Improve your productivity, reduce your clutter, and go paperless!

    Any. Do 
    For Android: You can add tasks by voice, manage them with simple gestures, and even use its predictive features to instantly add common tasks to your to-do list. Get important Reminders

    BarCode Scanner: 
    Scan barcodes on products then look up prices and reviews. You can also scan Data Matrix and QR Codes containing URLs, contact info, etc.

    Record notes and audio synced with the best note taking app in the App Store! AudioNote combines the functionality of a notepad and voice recorder to create a powerful tool that will save you time while improving the quality of your notes. Perfect for business or students!

    Vlingo Virtual Assistant: 
    Free Voice Activation for Android phones; Why type when you can say something like call Charlie mobile, text Katie message are you free, search best freeware, or find coffee shops in Cambridge?

    Learning Ally:
    Gain instant access to Learning Ally's downloadable DAISY formatted books. Learning Ally members can explore our extensive library of more than 65,000 audiobooks that are designed for people with print and learning disabilities.

    From within Read2Go, you can browse, search, download, and read books directly from Bookshare using your Bookshare membership, as well as read DAISY books from other sources.

     In combination with your iPhone's built-in camera, ZoomReader lets you magnify and read printed text by first taking a picture of an object like a book or menu, then converts the image into text using state-of-the-art Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. ZoomReader will then read the text back to you using a natural-sounding voice. ZoomReader isn't just for books - it can be used to read small print on a receipt, box, menu, or pill bottle - wherever there's small text you can't read yourself.


    The most popular, full-featured iPhone/iPad voice recorder available. Record ideas, voice memos, voice email, dictation, lists, meetings, classes, or entire lectures! For professional, educational, and personal use. 

    GoodReader is the super-robust PDF reader for iPad - "a Swiss Army knife of awesome!" Reviews worldwide hail it as "essential," "the best," "magnificent" and "the killer app". With GoodReader on your iPad, you can read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, maps, pictures. Use it once and you'll be hooked. Soon you'll be wondering how you ever managed to use your iPad without GoodReader. GoodReader has earned its accolades by the way it handles huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 mb and more with great speed. The ability to mark-up PDFs opens up new doors to GoodReader users who can now use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file. 

    LookTel Recognizer allows users with visual impairments or blindness to identify cans, packages, ID or credit cards, DVDs, and similar items. Users can store images of objects in a library or database, and then simply point the iPhone's camera at an object and the phone will recognize and describe the item instantly.

    Vision Assist App: Ambient Night Vision Aid, 
    A harsh iPhone LED flashlight is not ideal for a lot of situations, so we set out to create a solution. Our filters are designed to preserve night vision while still allowing you to see.

    Brevity-The UltraFast Text Editor & Word Prediction:
    Brevity helps you write text several times faster. It works on the principle that most words can by uniquely identified using less letters than they actually contain and it lets you write them that way.

    Dyslexic, or just not that good at spelling? Typ-O is for you! Typ-O uses a powerful word prediction engine and a sophisticated spelling error model to help you write, even if your spelling isn't perfect. The integrated synthetic voices let you inspect the word predictions before selecting them, and check your text before emailing or pasting it into other applications.

    Speak It! Text-to-Speech; Copy emails, documents, web pages, PDF files, and more; paste them into Speak it!, and have the text spoken back to you with the highest quality text to speech engine available anywhere. You can even create the same quality audio files of the text to speech which can then be emailed to anyone you like!

    Note Everything: 
    A note (notepad) application where you can create text-, voice- and paint-notes. Your notes can be organized in folders. You can create shortcuts on home, send notes, use live folders & much more! 

    iTalk: A high quality recording app;
    Choose your quality, name the file, and press the BIG red recording button. Record lectures to access at a later time.

     Digital college textbooks. A textbook case of innovation. Inkling brings the world's best content to iPad with interactivity, social collaboration and simple ease-of-use. No more heavy, expensive textbooks to carry around campus. Inkling textbooks are more interactive, more flexible and cheaper.

    Graphing Calculator: 
    Graphing Calculator turns your phone or iPod into an intuitive high-resolution function plotter and scientific calculator. 

    Fast Finga and WritePad 
    Will convert your written notes into typed text! 

    iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics - day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages. 

    myHomework is a simple and easy to use iPhone application that allows you to keep track of your homework, classes, projects and tests while interacting with a really cool design. myHomework will also notify you when you have late and upcoming assignments by numbering them on your application icon. In the 2.0 version you can see your homework entries by using a day or calendar view. You can also transfer homework or class entries to friends and email homework reminders.

    Read 2 Me: 
    Read 2 Me is the FIRST AND ONLY iPhone App that allows full speech synthesis for an entire library of texts. You can even import you own URL based *.txt files straight into your bookshelf to be read aloud!

    Record audio while taking notes.
     While playing audio, tap a word and PaperDesk will take you to the point in the recording when you typed that word! Task lists with notifications are also included in each notebook.

    Dragon Dictation: Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it's up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. 

    Dragon Search: 
    Dragon Search is the Fast, Accurate and Smart way to search online content on your iPhone™ using your voice. Simply speak your search queries and get simultaneous results from a variety of top websites and content sources. 

    SoundAMP: Hearing Aid App, 
    Amplify the world around you discreetly with iPhone and iPod touch.

    PTSD Coach: 
    The PTSD Coach app is a FREE app that can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. Features include: Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work, Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms, Convenient, easy-to-use skills to help you handle stress symptoms & Direct links to support and help Always with you when you need it.

    D2u Dictation and Transcription: The "d2u app" combines a world-class voice recorder with the one of the world's top Transcription Services to provide you with the best dictation and transcription solution available. Record, edit and upload a digital recording then have the file accurately and efficiently transcribed to text anywhere, at anytime. All you need is an Internet connection. It's easy to use, yet safe and secures (128 bit encryption). We are fully data protected and HIPAA Compliant.

    Google Translate: 
    Google Translate lets you instantly translate text between over 50 languages. It even has a text-to-speech feature! 

    Luminosity Brain Trainer: 
    Improve brain health and performance. Brain training produces real world benefits; Enhance memory, attention and creativity. 

    As a father of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I have learned that communicating visually with my son is often the most effective way. As a professional application developer and avid iPhone user, I knew we needed to have "an app for that." The result is Visules, which communicates checklists and individual cues using text, images, and colors. 

    Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults: 
    On a daily basis, we are surrounded by unstated rules and customs that can make the world a confusing place for people with autism spectrum disorders. Learn how to deal with this ever-elusive "hidden curriculum" through real-life examples and suggestions by Judy Endow, an adult on the spectrum. Items cover topics such as social relationships, community, money matters, workplace, and many others. 

    TextMinder allows you to schedule SMS text reminders to be sent to you at the times you specify, repeating as often as you choose. Remind yourself of your medication, diet, exercise or financial goals, shopping, errands, bills, household chores, and other to-do tasks and tickler items. Never forget another homework assignment, class, meeting, television show, birthday or anniversary!

    PDF Reader Pro: 
    PDF Reader Pro ran fast on an iPhone 3GS and never crashed. PDF files look perfect. I recommend it for the ease-of-use, file-upload system, and accurate rendering.

    FormulasHD for Calculus:
    FormulusHD is the perfect study tool. It is a simple, easy to use, and easy to navigate collection of the most important formulas and topics for high school and college students taking Calculus and Differential Equations.

    AppWriter US: 
    AppWriter is the first text editor for the iPad to offer users of all ages with reading and writing disabilities the necessary tools for unlocking a world of information. AppWriter is packed with incredible assistive features. Including word prediction, text-to-speech and the special Dyslexia-font.

    Verbally: Verbally is an easy-to-use, comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for the iPad. Verbally brings speech to those without and enables real conversation with its simple, intuitive design. Just tap in what you want to say and Verbally speaks for you.

    Suggested Free Educational & Academic Downloads and Resources

    AMIS: FREE DAISY reader download! 


    Natural Reader : Free text-to-speech and MP3

    FREE eReading application that presents eBooks just like the printed version, in full color, and with all of the features you'd want from an eReader. So welcome to what eReading should be…welcome to Blio.

    2e-Pub: Free download; 
    2EPUB allows you to convert PDF, doc and other types of documents & books to ePub format, the standard format for eBooks, supported by almost every reading device including iPad, iPhone, iPod, Sony Reader, BeBook, Nook, Kobo (for Kindle use .mobi).

    Free Dictionary, Speller, and Translator as you type!

    Free accessible books for individuals with disabilities

    Free Grammar and Spell Check.

    Free Text-to-Speech and MP3 Conversion.

     Free built-in text-to-speech for Mac, iPad and iPhone.

    Khan Academy, 
    Learn almost anything for Free.

    Google Translate:
     download that translates words, phrases, or web pages between 50 different languages. Also available as an App for iphone, ipad, and Android devices.

    Free sticky notes for your computer: Sticky notes that stay on desktop or on top of all windows until you delete them. 
    Choose color/font, reminders, organize your calendar, have the time spoken aloud. 

    APA format and Writing Lab

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