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How to tap into apps on your smartphone so it doubles as a laptop

Universities across South Africa are gearing up to resume academic activities. However, considering the restrictions, not everyone will return to university. As large numbers of students on campus are a huge risk in 2020, contact lectures will be kept to the minimum which means that online learning will be crucial.

Online learning comes with its own challenges, though, with the two main student concerns data and devices. Several universities have given their students data packages to help them access online learning, but not all will qualify as they need to meet certain criteria.

Students in lower and middle income households especially may battle to get a suitable study device, like a laptop, at a price they can afford. Laptops can be expensive but there is an alternative at the tip of your fingers because, if you load the right applications, you can use your smartphone as a key tool for online learning.

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Smartphone apps for students

Downloading the correct apps is key, with the following among those most useful:

Microsoft Word 

Microsoft Word logo

You will need Microsoft Word as a basic tool. The Microsoft Word app will allow you to create, write and edit your assignments just like you do on a laptop or PC. You can share your work directly from the app. Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint are also available to download free on the Google Play store. 

Email

email logo

Set up your student e-mail to work on your smartphone. You can do this by adding your student email address to the standard email application built into your smartphone. 

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Google

Google logo

A Google account comes with a suite of handy apps you access on your smartphone just as you would on your laptop. These include:

  • Gmail, where you can send and receive emails;
  • Google Docs, which allows you to create, write and edit your assignments and saves your work automatically;
  • Google Sheets, which works like Microsoft Excel;
  • Google Slides, which works like Powerpoint, and
  • Google Drive, which stores your work and give quick access so you don’t have to exhaust your phone memory.

All these applications are convenient and available free on your app store. Google Lens may also be helpful as it gives information on daily life activities, and can identify topics. Think of it like Shazam but for so much more!

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Zoom

Zoom logo

Zoom is one of the most commonly used interactive apps for business and study, perfect for “attending” lectures and consulting lecturers. You can even record your lectures on Zoom, and it is compatible with Android, Apple and Blackberry. 

Adobe Scan

Adobe Scan logo

Adobe Scan, also available free on the app store, allows you to scan documents directly from your phone’s camera. 

Dropbox

Dropbox logo

You can use Dropbox for cloud storage. The basic version is free and accessible through your smartphone. 

Evernote

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Evernote is like a personal assistant on your smartphone. This app can be used as a daily journal, write and update lists, manage projects and much more.

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How to tap into apps on your smartphone so it doubles as a laptop

Universities across South Africa are gearing up to resume academic activities. However, considering the restrictions, not everyone will return to university. As large numbers of students on campus are a huge risk in 2020, contact lectures will be kept to the minimum which means that online learning will be crucial.

Online learning comes with its own challenges, though, with the two main student concerns data and devices. Several universities have given their students data packages to help them access online learning, but not all will qualify as they need to meet certain criteria.

Students in lower and middle income households especially may battle to get a suitable study device, like a laptop, at a price they can afford. Laptops can be expensive but there is an alternative at the tip of your fingers because, if you load the right applications, you can use your smartphone as a key tool for online learning.

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Smartphone apps for students

Downloading the correct apps is key, with the following among those most useful:

Microsoft Word 

Microsoft Word logo

You will need Microsoft Word as a basic tool. The Microsoft Word app will allow you to create, write and edit your assignments just like you do on a laptop or PC. You can share your work directly from the app. Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint are also available to download free on the Google Play store. 

Email

email logo

Set up your student e-mail to work on your smartphone. You can do this by adding your student email address to the standard email application built into your smartphone. 

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Google

Google logo

A Google account comes with a suite of handy apps you access on your smartphone just as you would on your laptop. These include:

  • Gmail, where you can send and receive emails;
  • Google Docs, which allows you to create, write and edit your assignments and saves your work automatically;
  • Google Sheets, which works like Microsoft Excel;
  • Google Slides, which works like Powerpoint, and
  • Google Drive, which stores your work and give quick access so you don’t have to exhaust your phone memory.

All these applications are convenient and available free on your app store. Google Lens may also be helpful as it gives information on daily life activities, and can identify topics. Think of it like Shazam but for so much more!

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Zoom

Zoom logo

Zoom is one of the most commonly used interactive apps for business and study, perfect for “attending” lectures and consulting lecturers. You can even record your lectures on Zoom, and it is compatible with Android, Apple and Blackberry. 

Adobe Scan

Adobe Scan logo

Adobe Scan, also available free on the app store, allows you to scan documents directly from your phone’s camera. 

Dropbox

Dropbox logo

You can use Dropbox for cloud storage. The basic version is free and accessible through your smartphone. 

Evernote

Evernote logo

Evernote is like a personal assistant on your smartphone. This app can be used as a daily journal, write and update lists, manage projects and much more.

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