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Department of Wellness

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"Breeze" Through College

Check out these Three Devices and
Twelve Indispensable Apps recommended by ABLE Tech

Everyone can benefit from assistance during challenging times – and college can be challenging. At ABLE Tech, a sponsored program of the Wellness Center, our main mission is to assist Oklahomans with disabilities find assistive technology that can make their lives better. The devices can be borrowed for a free six-week trial through an online application on ABLE Tech’s website* and many of the apps are free or of nominal cost.

*Just type the name of the device in the form along with your contact information.

Here are some recommendations:

Assistive Technology Devices

Spelling Ace with Thesaurus

Have a big paper to write? This little device might make the job easier. It has a large format keyboard for easy typing and over 200,000 synonyms and antonyms. The dictionary features include phonetic spell correction, a user list, crossword puzzle solver, and 8 word games.

Retail: $7

Livescribe ECHO Smart Pen

The Livescribe Echo is a ballpoint pen and voice recorder combination that preserves digital copies of your notes and recordings, which can be replayed, saved to your computer, and shared with others. A computer in a pen. Retail: $150

 

Apps for Electronic Devices

For Your Experience at OSU:

OrangeShield – FREE
If you're in a dangerous situation, use the Orange Shield app to quickly and easily contact university safety forces. Orange Shield also allows you to:

  • Anonymously send text messages, as well as photos and videos of crime tips and suspicious behavior directly to university safety forces.
  • Use the Friend Watch feature to create a peer-to-peer safety network. Walking to class alone and want some additional safety? Use Friend Watch to allow your friends and family to track your location during that activity.
  • View campus shuttle schedules.
  • Access campus resources, such as the student handbook and emergency procedures.
  • Request a safety escort to walk you through campus.

Any.Do – FREE/Online/Mobile
Millions of people use Any.Do to organize their tasks. This application is perfect for students who need to create a to-do list. It also synchronize all tasks with other devices so that the list can be accessed from anywhere. Add new entries to the list with the help of touch-based interface, or use your voice to create tasks. You can change the priority of your entry, mark a task as completed, or even shake your device to remove all completed tasks from it. The Any.Dowidget can be added to your home screen for quick and easy access.

Notability – Apple’s App of the Year
Record lectures and synchronize with class PowerPoints and handouts. Share documents through Dropbox or other cloud storage. Sketch, write, type, record, listen to lectures or important sections of lectures (syncs with notes). Easy to use.

Evernote - Free
Let Evernote change the way you organize your personal and professional projects. Dive in: take notes, create to-do lists, and save things you find online into Evernote. We’ll sync everything between your phone, tablet, and computer automatically. 

StudyBlue – FREE or by subscription (App Store)
Did you run out of time to study before the next class of the day? This app can help! Evernote’s StudyBlue transforms the study materials you've organized in Evernote into digital flashcards and practice quizzes. 
 

Penultimate – FREE with in-app purchases
Penultimate will allow you to write notes conveniently on your tablet device. It supports any form of handwriting and even drawings. This is perfect even for keeping formulas of math, physics or chemistry-related subjects. The app is also compatible with Evernote making it more convenient for you to organize your notes. Plus, you can transform your outputs into PDF for further collaboration with your classmates

For Your Health:

Fooducate – FREE
Fooducate makes grocery shopping surprisingly fun. Open the app, scan barcodes, and get a quick read on how healthy each item is. It also tracks sleep, mood, and hunger levels. Then Fooducate analyzes all of the information and provides feedback to help you meet your health and fitness goals. (Free with optional in-app purchases; Available on iOS and Android) 

Zombies, Run! - $1.99
Running becomes way more fun when each step gets you closer to carrying out your mission, collecting materials for your base camp, and keeping humans safe from the zombie apocalypse. There’s a reason this game became the highest-grossing health and fitness app on iTunes in just two weeks—even though it’s free to download, you’ll start shelling out money like you do for Candy Crush. Except this game helps you get your sweat on. (Free with optional in-app purchases; iOS and Android)

MindShift – FREE
Struggling with anxiety? Tired of missing out? There are things you can do to stop anxiety and fear from controlling your life. MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it. MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety. For iPhone and Android.  

To Help You Track & Keep Your Money:

Prism Bills and Personal Finance – FREE
Prism is a personal finance app that lets you track and pay bills, check bank and credit card balances, and manage your personal finances anytime, anywhere! Hate logging into multiple website to pay bills? Hate paying penalties for small mistakes? Prism is the only app you will need to manage your money and budget, improve your credit score and reduce debt! With Prism, you can organize your personal finances in one place.

Mint – FREE
College students often have problems with money. And even if you have enough savings, they always tend to disappear. Do not let this happen, and download Mint.com to control your budget and see what your money is usually spent on. Who knows? Maybe you will become more responsible.

SliceSlice – FREE

Have you ever forgotten about that online order you purchased a few weeks back? Streamline your online shopping transactions with this handy app. It tracks your online purchases, orders, shipping and receipts all from your email accounts. Notifications let you know when packages arrive, so you won’t forget another anniversary, birthday or even that textbook for your next class.