A wireless speaker that can answer a student’s questions, the ability to work on a college
assignment with someone thousands of miles away at the same time, a tool that transcribes text
as you speak and captures lecture notes. No, we’re not talking about some futuristic technology
that’s not available to students of this age. We’re talking about stuff that’s available right now. In
other words, tomorrow’s educational technology – today!
PDFelement Pro for iOS
A PDF editor for iPhone that can scan your scribbled class notes and turn them into a PDF file?
A mobile app that lets you write directly on your iPad screen and markup your digital textbook
while the professor is talking? Can you imagine how your college classmates would have
reacted 15 years ago if you’d pulled out a flat digital screen and started writing on it?
Pro for iOS does it all. From image editing to converting a scanned photo into a PDF file to
automatic font recognition, it brings desktop-like capabilities to mobile.
elements, edit and fill forms, and even sign them with a digital signature. Use file sharing for
cross-device interaction, turn on dark mode at night, read PDFs in multiple modes, search for
keywords, and use preset annotations to make notes on your document. And it’s part of a whole
family of applications that lets you work on almost any device and any operating system.
As a student, these features support the work you do every day – work on your assignments,
study on the go, submit projects, access class notes from anywhere, and more.
iPad and Apple Pencil
That brings us to the hardware side of things. The Apple Pencil is an amazing invention that
makes the iPad even more useful as a mobile device. What’s more futuristic than something
that’s been around for thousands of years – a pencil and paper – being transformed into a digital
because they can switch from manual to digital mode to become instantly more efficient in their
The best way to describe Otter.ai is to call it a digital transcription assistant. What does it do? It
analyzes any recorded speech and transcribes it for you. Naturally, it is built on an artificial
intelligence platform that can even understand garbled speech to a great degree.
record audio, have it manually transcribed, and then wait for a week to get it back. Record your
class lectures and have a text copy of them on-demand. No more aching hands from copious
note-taking. You can actually listen to the professor and take notes at the same time without any
Google Docs and the Cloud
Google was one of the earliest users of the cloud, using it primarily for its own purposes. It
released Google Docs with the intention of providing a real-time collaboration environment that
was not available anywhere else at that time.
The rest, as they say, is history.
locations. It means having access to older versions. It means adding study notes to help you
understand complex topics. Futuristic? We certainly think so!
Ten years ago a laptop meant a heavy “little” computer that students had to lug around in a big
bag that gave them shoulder pain. With today’s ultraportables, just slip it into a sleeve and head
for your next class. It’s that simple.
along with the modern aspects of technology, such as voice-activated features, a multipoint
touchscreen, and more.
Video editing on the go? Sounds like science fiction. But the rapid proliferation of social media
forced tech companies to think small in order to think big. How can we design a video editor that
is small enough for a mobile phone but powerful enough to be a full-fledged video editor?
How can you record your classes on video and quickly edit them on your iPhone? How do you
choose specific clips to complement your class notes or textbook chapters and label them to
easily find them later?
images recreate your course material in multimedia!