Thing 19: Apps #2 – Supporting learning

In this Thing, you will learn about apps which you can use to support your learning.

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With so much information available to the digital learner, it can be useful to organise thoughts, reflections and resources. Thankfully, there are lots of free resources available that can help you manage this.


a) Note-taking apps

Note-taking apps such as OneNote, Evernote and SimpleNote provide a way to help you organise your thoughts, learning and reflections.

They offer the ability to:

  • create notes using typed text or handwriting using a touchscreen device
  • import photos and pictures from devices
  • put notes on existing documents such as Word or PDF files
  • search through your notes for particular words (even notes taken in your handwriting)
  • synchronise across multiple devices, for example tablet, desktop, laptop, smartphone so your notes are always to hand
  • easily share notes with others.

Check to see if you already have one of these applications on your tablet, smartphone or laptop and if not, download one to explore some of the functions. Try using it for something simple at first, such as a shopping list and then see if you can access it using a different device.

Try importing some other types of content, such as links to websites, images and videos.

b) Coggle

Mind-mapping is a way of visually representing and structuring your thoughts. Many people, particularly visual learners, find mind maps useful and Coggle is a free service provided by Google that allows you to quickly develop maps to help you organise your thoughts. As your maps are stored in the cloud you’ll be able to access them from any device, at any time.

Visit Coggle and create a basic mind map on any topic you like. Below is an example of the type of map which someone might create when starting to think about their learning and the 23 Things.

A sample mind-map created used Coggle which maps out a person's thoughts about their digital capabilities, indicating their strengths and areas for development.
A sample mind-map created using Coggle.

c) Blog

Write a blog entry of at least 100 words reflecting on the above activities. Include a link to, or embed, a picture of your Coggle mind map.