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Digital tools for student life

Logos of well known digital tools: WordPress; Google docs and twitter

Digital tools

Digital skills are important for students. You probably use different web services and online communication tools in your personal and social life: some of these may also play a role in your studies. Knowing how to use such tools appropriately and safely is a skill that you need to develop for your personal life and also for your study life. In other words, a good level of digital literacy is nowadays a prerequisite for success in your academic studies.

In these activities you will review the online tools you already make use of for study-related purposes. You will also explore the different uses or affordances of a range of such tools.

Activity 1: Which web tools do you use?

In this activity you are going to consider the possible educational uses of some widely used online tools and social networking sites that you are probably already familiar with.



Listen to these students talking about their favourite web tools. Next, look at the extended list of tools and services and select the checkbox next to any tools that you know and use in relation to your studies. Then read the feedback. Open the help section first if you would like more guidance.

Activity 2: Tools with different study uses

As educational practice changes, many of the open or free tools now available on the internet are evolving new uses, especially in terms of how they can serve for study-related purposes. In this activity you are going to categorise some popular online tools into the types of study-related uses they might have.



Think about these online tools and group them according to the particular study use they could have. Drag and drop each of the tools into the appropriate box and then read the feedback.

Individual work / research
Communicating with others
Collaborating / sharing production with others
Google Docs
Google Scholar
Wordpress / Blogger

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