Monday, August 5, 2019

QuickCite - A Site That Helps Students Properly Format Citations

From the developer of the popular Flippity service comes a new tool designed for students. That tool is called QuickCite and it helps students properly format MLA 8 citations. Students can also use QuickCite for less formal citation needs like those used in slideshows and video credits.

QuickCite is not like many of the well-known online citation tools that provide automatic citation formatting for students. QuickCite doesn't just pull a URL or an ISBN and then spit out a citation for students to copy. Instead, to create an MLA 8 citation students have to manually enter required information then the citation is created for them. QuickCite provides little help buttons that students can click on to get clarifications on the type of information that needs to be included in each section of the citation.

Applications for Education
There are a few things that I appreciate about QuickCite for students. First, it doesn't do all the work for student. Second, QuickCite provides guidance on what goes into each part of an MLA 8 citation. Third, students don't need to create an account or even have an email address to use QuickCite.

Create a Directory App for Your School

Last week's most popular post was Dozens of Apps for Physical Education. In that post I highlighted the work that Kevin Shephard at Support REAL Teachers has done to develop apps through the free Glide service. Glide enables anyone who can create a Google Sheet to create a mobile app. You can start building an app from scratch or you can use one Glide's free templates to get started.

One of the templates that Glide offers is for building a staff directory app. The directory template can be used to include pictures of staff members, contact information, and brief bios of staff members.


You can find more Glide tutorials here.

Applications for Education
My first thought when seeing the directory template was to create a staff directory app that included not only the basic contact information for staff members but also where students and parents can find teachers' websites and supply/ materials lists. Depending upon the school you might also add teaching or course schedules to the directory app.