APPsolute Beginner's Guide - useful digital apps to support seamless learning and research
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APPsolute Beginner's Guide - useful digital apps to support seamless learning and research processes
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This table is linked to the article "An APPsolute Beginner’s Guide for Action Research" by Reinhard Bauer, Martin Sankofi, Petra Szucsich and Klaus Himpsl-Gutermann. It provides a useful collection of digital apps for action research projects in education. The framework for this classification of academic research apps is, on the one hand, given by the action research phases illustrated by Altrichter et al (2008), on the other hand, it refers to Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy (cf. Churches, 2009), which lists the six action verbs "remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating" as the key concepts to describe activities, actions and processes in learning.In the table these verbs are illustrated in various colours. The apps are listed in alphabetical order, but you can, of course, use a filter according to your needs (e.g. search apps that can be used in a certain research phase or for a certain key concept).
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Nr.Tool NameDescriptionShort DescriptionUsed when…Action Research Phase
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iOS App
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T01Academia.eduOnline social networking service for academic purposesNetworkingsearching for data, sharing and disseminating research results4EvaluatingNoNoYeshttps://www.academia.edu
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T02AirtableSpreadsheet Tool that lets you do online forms and surveysQuestioningmaking an online questionnaire, administering questionnaires2ApplyingYesYesYeshttps://airtable.com/
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T03AsanaProject management toolOrganizingorganizing teamwork, managing projects with more people1UnderstandingYesYesYeshttps://asana.com
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T04DiigoSocial bookmarking toolBookmarkingtagging, storing,and sharing web pages2RememberingYesYesYeshttps://www.diigo.com
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T05DIRTDatabase for research toolsSearchingsearching for useful research tools for projects1RememberingNoNoYeshttp://dirtdirectory.org
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T06DoodleScheduling toolSchedulingscheduling an event, making a choice1RememberingYesYesYeshttp://doodle.com
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T07DropboxFile hosting serviceStoringcreating a special folder on a computer as a means ofcloud storage, file synchronization, and personal cloud2RememberingYesYesYeshttps://www.dropbox.com/
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T08Embed.lyAPI to embed content on websitesEmbeddingembedding data from other content providers on websites2, 4EvaluatingNoNoYeshttp://embed.ly
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T09EvernoteCloud-based note-taking and file-storage applicationNote Takingtaking notes, organizing and archiving data1UnderstandingYesYesYeshttps://evernote.com
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T10FacebookOnline social networking serviceNetworkingdisseminating research results4EvaluatingYesYesYeshttps://www.facebook.com
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T11FlickrPhoto management toolStoringstoring, organizing,and sharing photos2RememberingYesYesYeshttps://www.flickr.com
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T12Future ClassroomOnline learning environment for teachersOrganisingnetworking with other practitioners1RememberingNoNoYeshttp://fcl.eun.org/
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T13Google Drive (encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides)Online text, spreadsheet, and presentation editing (simultaneous multi-user document editor)Editingdocumenting, storing, and sharing experiences, communicating and collaborating with other team members in real time1, 2, 3ApplyingYesYesYeshttps://drive.google.com
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T14Google FormSurvey toolQuestioningcreating and analyzing a survey2ApplyingYesYesYeshttps://www.google.com/forms
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T15Google PhotosPhoto management toolStoringstoring, organizing, and sharing photos2RememberingYesYesYeshttps://photos.google.com
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T16Google Scholar CitationsOnline service for research publicationsSearchingfinding research publications, tracking citation statistics1, 4RememberingNoNoYeshttps://scholar.google.com

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T17InstagramSocial network for photo and video sharing Presentingpresenting image based work4CreatingYesYesYeshttps://www.instagram.com/
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T18iRig RecorderTool for audio recordingAudio Recordingrecording an interview or a lesson sequence2ApplyingYesYesNohttp://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigrecorder/
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T19JingFree screen recording softwareScreen Recordingpresenting research results4CreatingNoNoYeshttps://techsmith.com/jing.html
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T20KahootAudience response, quiz and survey appAssessingassessing the work of students2,3EvaluatingYesYesYeshttps://kahoot.com/
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T21LinkedInOnline social networking serviceNetworkingdisseminating research results4EvaluatingYesYesYeshttps://www.linkedin.com
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T22LIP AppLearning analytics platformData Analyzingcollecting student information in order to assess their development2, 3AnalyzingNoNoYeshttp://lip-app.eu
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T23LiveBoardWhiteboard tool to deliver contentPresentingpresenting contents online or to live audience4CreatingYesYesYeshttps://liveboard.online/
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T24MaharaE-Portfolio softwareReflectingdocumenting various artifacts, making learning processes and outcomes visible to oneself and others2, 3, 4EvaluatingYesYesYeshttps://mahara.org
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T25MailchimpPlatform that facilitates emails and newslettersOrganisingcollaborting with groups1CreatingYesYesYes
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T26MendeleyFree online reference manager and social networking service for academic purposesOrganizingfinding, organizing, sharing, and disseminating research results1, 4UnderstandingYesYesYeshttps://www.mendeley.com
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T27MindMeisterFree online mind mapping toolBrainstormingvisualizing information,brainstorming ideas1RememberingYesYesYeshttps://www.mindmeister.com
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T28MindMup 2Free online mind mapping toolBrainstormingvisualizing information,brainstorming ideas1RememberingNoNoYeshttps://www.mindmup.com
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T29MoodleLearning content management system (LMS)Course Managingproviding teaching material, communicating with a group of learners and/or teachers, submitting artifacts2ApplyingYesYesYeshttps://moodle.org
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T30PinterestVisual social bookmarking platformBookmarkinguploading, saving, sorting, and managing images (pins)and other media content (e.g. videos) through collections known as pinboards2RememberingYesYesYeshttps://www.pinterest.com
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T31PowerDirectorVideo-recording toolVideo Recordingvideo graphing an interview or a lesson sequence2ApplyingYesYesNo
https://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector-ultra/features_en_US.html
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T32PreziOnline presentationPresentingpresenting the results of a research project4CreatingYesYesYeshttps://prezi.com
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T33QCAmapSoftware for qualitative content analysisContent Analyzinganalyzing small and large amounts of any text material and images coming from interviews, group discussions, observation protocols, open-ended questionnaire items or others3AnalyzingNoNoYeshttps://www.qcamap.org
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T34QuizizzReviewing and assessing contentAssessingassessing the work of students2,3EvaluatingYesYesYeshttps://quizizz.com/
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T35QuizletLearning community based on study setsStudyingorganising and structuring content and information2,3EvaluatingYesYesYeshttps://quizlet.com
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T36Record MP3 OnlineOnline mp3 recording toolAudio Recordingrecording something online and using it e.g. in a showcase2ApplyingNoNoYeshttp://recordmp3online.com
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T37ResearchGateOnline social networking service for academic purposesNetworkingfinding, sharing, and disseminating research4EvaluatingYesNoYeshttps://researchgate.net
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T38School Education GatewayTraining databaseSearchingfinding a teacher training course1RememberingNoNoYeshttp://www.schooleducationgateway.eu
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T39ScribblarCollaborative whiteboardCollaboratingchatting, image sharing, document sharing and more1UnderstandingNoNoYeshttps://scribblar.com
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T40SeesawLearning Journal APP for teachers, students and parentsPresentingcreating and evaluating work in the form of portfolios4CreatingYesYesYeshttps://web.seesaw.me/
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T41SkypeApplication for video chat and voice call servicesConferencingsharing and discussing experiences2, 3EvaluatingYesYesYeshttp://www.skype.com
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T42SlideshareWeb 2.0 based slide hosting serviceSharingpresenting and sharing research results4CreatingYesYesYeshttp://www.slideshare.net
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T43SnapMulltimedia messaging AppSharingcreating image based work2, 3, 4, CreatingYesYesYeshttps://www.snapchat.com/
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T44SocrativeGetting insight into student learningAssessingdoing learning analytics2,3EvaluatingYesYesYeshttps://www.socrative.com/
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T45SurveyMonkeyTool for creating online surveysQuestioningmaking an online survey, administering surveys2ApplyingYesYesYeshttps://de.surveymonkey.com/
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T46Trelloweb-based project management applicationOrganisingplanning a project1, 2, 3, 4RememberingYesYesYeshttps://trello.com
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T47TwitterOnline social networking service for 140-character-messagesSharingdisseminating research results4CreatingYesYesYeshttps://twitter.com
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T48VimeoVideo sharing websiteSharingcollecting and sharing videos, making videos available for analysis2, 4CreatingYesYesYeshttps://vimeo.com
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T49WordPressBlogging software, content management system (CMS)Editingdocumenting and sharing events, experiences, photos, etc., commenting on blog posts, disseminating research results2, 3, 4CreatingYesYesYeshttps://wordpress.org
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T50WunderlistCloud-based task management applicationOrganizingmanaging tasks from a smartphone, tablet, computer and smartwatch1UnderstandingYesYesYeshttps://www.wunderlist.com
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T51YouTubeVideo platform with editing optionsPresentingpresenting and editing video work4CreatingYesYesYeshttps://www.youtube.com/
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T52ZoteroFree and open-source reference management softwareOrganizingcollecting, organizing, citing, and sharing research sources1, 4UnderstandingNoNoYeshttps://www.zotero.org
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