GradeGuru

There should be an image here!If you’ve been to college, then you know that your brain better be in good shape when you start college because it’s about to take in about as much as it can hold. Since memories can’t always be counted on, students take seemingly endless pages of notes to help them remember what they’ve learned. These notes usually only benefit the person who took them, but the knowledge contained within them can certainly help other students as they strive to understand what they’re being taught. GradeGuru is a site that helps college students share and find notes from specific classes.

It’s important to invite your classmates to join GradeGuru so that you can all be connected and learn from each other. The class notes are obviously the main focus here, but you can also be rewarded for good notes. If other students use your notes and rate them highly, then your reputation in the community can be built up and you can even access rewards (money, gift cards, etc.) and job and internship opportunities. This is enough to actually make you start taking better notes, which is a win-win situation.

Is The Internet Making Universities Obsolete?

There should be an image here!It’s a fascinating point Gates made, as he explained that universities as we know them are on borrowed time. And considering the fact that student loans are now overshadowing credit card debt, one might consider the fact that some changes in the cost of going to school will soon be a fiscal necessity. Nothing political, rather, people will have to re-think attending the better schools due to spending the rest of their lives paying off more debt than they can handle.

Gates also made it clear that in a world of k-12, there is nothing wrong with a hands on approach. But it is clear that if we can begin shaving down some of the college expense by taking more classes virtually, all the better. I am not saying that we need to rush out into the world, push everyone into buying iPads, and then remove them from the social aspects of attending school. Rather, we need to focus on finding ways to make it smoother and more cost effective.

I think there is a fine line between making school more accessible and avoiding creating a society of virtual students who have all but lost their typical social skills. It’s already happening as it is, with students using Facebook to talk to people they might have, a few years ago, called on the phone or met for lunch. No, we must find a way to meet in the middle. Not sure how, but relying exclusively on tech as a “fix” may not be the absolute answer.

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NoteSake

How well did you take notes while you were in school? Some of you were probably scribbling away without letup while another group of you may have been getting your beauty sleep during that bothersome thing known as education. The act of actually writing notes definitely has its place, but as someone who’s misplaced notes and spilled things on them, I know that handwritten notes aren’t always the best solution when it comes to taking notes. Internet access is a standard thing in many classrooms, and it’s just begging to be used to help you improve your notes and do things with them that you can’t do on paper. Give NoteSake a try to see what I’m talking about.

Whether you’re in a class and need to take notes or just want to take notes for any other reason, NoteSake is an interesting solution. Not only can you organize your notes, but you can quickly search through them, too. The service is simple and all about the notes, which is great. This means that you won’t have to go through a lot of complications just to find what you’ve written and saved. The notes are easy to format and tag, and you can even invite others to your group so that they can view and edit the notes with you. In other words, put down the pencil and grab the keyboard.

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