Student Software Portal
This portal is designed to provide you with a short list of well-tested apps for desktop and mobile that can help you with your studies. This is a shortlist of tools that many teachers and students (including the A&II team at SMU) use and recommend.
These apps allow you to chat with text, voice, and video with friends and colleagues from any device for free! Great for online class meetings, quick calls and texts, and video demonstrations of complex ideas. If you do a lot of SMS texting, you might want to switch to one of these services instead, as SMS messages cost money where these are free on a mobile data plan.
Google+ Hangouts is a free video-chat platform that runs on Windows, Mac, and mobile devices, and is accessible to anyone with a Gmail account. The tool is ideal for remote group study and project planning, and allows users to share documents during conversation.
Calling, seeing, messaging, and sharing with others - wherever they are.
Text and video chat with your Facebook friends.
Access your student @samuelmerritt.edu account (Powered by Outlook.com) from the web or your mobile device.
iOS| Android | Web
Stay in touch with your Canvas courses on your phone, tablet, or the web. Get announcements, assignment reminders, read course materials and submit assignments on the go. You can always access Canvas from your mobile browser, but it’s nice to have the app, too.
Canvas Mobile Phone Guide for Students
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment for online exams in Canvas. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. Your instructors may require Lockdown Browser for certain exams in Canvas. It's installed on all computer lab terminals, but it can also be downloaded to your personal computer for free.
Respondus LockDown Browser Guide for Students
Student Quickstart Guide
TurningPoint is a Classroom Response System (CRS) that your instructors may use to assess your learning or get your feedback during classroom lessons. These clickers will normally be provided for you to use, but you may also download the software to your own computer if you need to offer interactive lecture sessions yourself.
Find out more on our Turning Point resource page
Stylish, minimal, and clever task management for iOS, Android, and Chrome. Create lists anywhere. Get reminders. Share lists. Speak your tasks.
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Evernote is an incredibly useful app for capturing notes, web clippings, voice dictations, photos, document scans, and other bits of information. All of these notes become searchable, sortable, findable with keywords, tags, and search. The more you use it, the more uses you will find for it. Highly recommended if you've ever wanted to go "paperless".
Trello is an intuitive project management tool and todo manager that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and the progress status of each task. A joy to use with a group or on your own!
Feedly is a magazine-style news feed reader that collects news from all your favorite sources and serves it up in an attractive view on mobile or web. Think of it as a 21st Century newspaper where you get to decide which news is fit to print.
Social Bookmarks allow you to move your browser bookmarks into the cloud so you an access them from anywhere, and share them with the world. These sites are also a great place to search for interesting links because everything in them has been hand-screened by an individual who though it was good enough to bookmark!
Diigo is the most powerful innovator in social bookmarking that brings many tools for collaborative research, interactive learning, and knowledge sharing. It allows you to clip readings to share, annotate, and discuss with classmates and colleagues. Instead of just sharing links, Diigo enables you to add comments, highlights, and notes to a page and hold an online discussion around the content. If you like having access to interesting articles on your mobile device, just clip them to Diigo and you will be able to read it later.
Think having your own website is hard? Blogs make publishing on the web as simple as sending an email. You can post your thoughts, reflections, photos, videos, and anything else you can imagine on your own blog space without knowing a thing about coding. Blogs make a great personal portfolio to show off your best work that you can take with you after you leave SMU. Here are two of the best blogging platforms available, and they're both free!
The world's largest online publishing platform, Wordpress is a powerful yet user-friendly way to create a professional looking blog, ePortfolio, photoblog, podcast, or news publication. A wide range of professional features and excellent user support helps you get your words, text, videos, and ideas online in style.
Blogger is another popular, versatile, and powerful tool that you can use with your Google account. Googlephiles will appreciate its close integration with YouTube, AdSense, Google+, Hangouts, and more. Everything you need for blogging and more.
When you need to work together with colleagues or classmates, you need a shared space online where you can work together on documents and files. These tools make online collaboration easy and powerful on any device.
iOS | Android | Web
Dropbox is a popular free service for adding a simple cloud syncing folder to your desktop and mobile devices. Use it as a virtual flash drive to keep important files handy on any device, or share selected files with your collaborators.
Google Docs is a revolutionary tool that allows you to work collaboratively with Office documents completely "in the cloud". These documents can be collaboratively edited by multiple people at once, and can be embedded directly into Canvas courses as assignments or presentations. Google Drive adds the ability to store 15GB of files in the cloud for free and sync them to all your devices (similar to Dropbox).
Prezi is a different kind of online presentation tool- instead of a series of a slides, it's more like a big flat surface that you can move a camera around to give the best view. Just add text, photos, video and audio and tell the camera which order to show your slideshow in. It's great for giving people the "big picture" view, then zooming in on the details. Your prezis are stored in the cloud and can be embedded into other sites like Canvas courses.
Video: What is Prezi?
These tools can help you overcome learning challenges like impaired vision or hearing using the devices you already have.
TextAloud is SMU’s text-to-speech reader, installed on all public-use University computers. The application reads text from email, web pages, reports and more, aloud on your PC. TextAloud can also save your daily reading to MP3 or Windows Media files ready for playback on your iPod, PocketPC, or even on your TV with Tivo's Home Media Option. Be more productive or just be entertained wherever you go with our text reader.
These apps can help you navigate the many resources available in the SMU library and access our powerful databases for academic journals, books, and publications.
Lexi-Drugs is our most comprehensive drug database, with content that addresses all patient populations and covers clinical specialties such as Pharmacy, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Oncology, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, and more. With Lexi-Interact, you can perform an analysis of a patient's entire drug and natural product profile and identify possible interactions.
* Lexicomp Support
This comprehensive research database provides full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals indexed in the CINAHL database, and includes a higher number of records, additional journals, records dating back to 1937 and expanded content.
* CINAHL Support Center
PubMed compromises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites.
* PubMed Mobile Help
SMU Research Guides (mobile)
SMU Research Guides are a means for librarians to provide customized content that focuses on a specific course or a specific resource.
* SMU Research Guides
Need to share some video online? These tools can help you get those videos off your camera and into the world! These sites are not just a great place to search for and watch videos but they offer generous free video storage that you can embed anywhere else on the web.
Vimeo is our recommended tool for uploading web video for embedding in your Canvas course or Campus Pack Web 2.0 tools. [Learn how here.] It has many of the consumer-friendly features of YouTube with the added benefits of allowing longer videos and showing them at higher resolution.
YouTube is the world's largest repository of video content and a great place to post video to share. YouTube EDU is a special site just for academic-focused video content like university lectures.
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