Twitter can be at first glance a strange phenomenon and many don't understand its purpose right away. However, Twitter is a powerful tool that is growing in popularity as word spreads of its potential capabilities. The idea of writing small blog posts of 140 characters or less to a group of your followers is actually a revolutionary new way to bring communities together, learn from each other, and keep updated with all that is happening. Busy teachers may feel that taking the time to learn how to use Twitter isn't worth the return for the students benefit, so that's why this list of 100 tips, apps, and resources is worth browsing. Find out how to get started with Twitter, ways to use it in an educational setting, and tools to help you use it better with these resources below.
Resources for Learning Twitter
If you don't know the first thing about Twitter–or maybe only the first thing–then check out these resources to learn how to get started today.
- The Beginner's Guide to Twitter. This blog post offers great advice on getting started with Twitter.
- VIDEO: A beginner's guide to Twitter. The video is specifically for business use for Twitter, but the accompanying article offers great suggestions for those just starting out with Twitter.
- How to Use Twitter: Tips for Bloggers. The tips here are beneficial reminders for both bloggers and microbloggers.
- Ten Top Twitter Tips. Find helpful tips here–including understanding how to use “@” and “d.”
- Birds of a Feather Twitter Together. This informative article cuts through some of the Twitter confusion nicely and will have even novices feeling more comfortable.
- Twitter Etiquette. This wiki page offers tons of information on Twitter etiquette and ways to help manage your Twitter experience.
- Mastering Twitter in 10 Minutes…Or Less (Version 2). Download this free tutorial to get a working knowledge of Twitter right away.
- Want to learn Twitter? Watch this video. As they say, grab a cup of coffee and watch this video to learn how you can start using Twitter.
- Lunch n Learn: Twitter for Beginners. Check out this video presented by Birmingham City University.
- Twitter Guide for Beginners. This simple overview will hopefully break down the basics for you.
- Twitter 101: Clarifying the Rules for Newbies. This article takes a look at three Twitter mistakes and explains how to avoid them.
Twitter for Educators
These resources are specifically to help educators using Twitter in their schools.
- Twitter for Teachers. This site is a collaborative effort to help teachers learn how to use Twitter and includes discussions, photos, videos, and more.
- Twitter and Educational Applications…. This brief blog post offers a quick overview of Twitter and why it can be an important tool for the classroom.
- Advice for Teachers New to Twitter. This teacher has put together her own advice as well as the advice of others to help teachers who are new to the whole Twitter thing get a running start.
- 8 Useful Tips to Become Successful with Twitter. What are YOUR tips?. Follow the suggestions here, then check out the comments section to find readers' suggestions for Twitter success.
- @parslad Chartered teacher & Dunfermline FC fan. Check out this interview with a Scottish teacher who tells about his Twitter experience and offers advice for others.
- How To Become Twitter Teacher (TT) In 23 Steps Or Less?. From the basics of using Twitter to suggestions for using it in schools, this article incorporates videos, suggestions, and links to other resources.
- 50 Ideas for Using Twitter for Education. This article offers tips from getting started to implementing Twitter in your school.
- Twitter as a Learning Tool. Really.. While specifically written for trainers, this article offers insight to the future of Twitter and why it is important to learn now.
- Micro-blogging in education. This article offers a good overview of what micro-blogging is and how it can serve those in education effectively.
- Educational Tool: Twitter. This teacher has both a video and a text summary of her experience using Twitter in the classroom.
- A Teacher's Guide to Twitter. This blog post is an excellent resource for teachers wanting to learn about using Twitter.
- Twitter Tweets for Higher Education. Find some interesting suggestions for using Twitter in the education arena here.
Resources for Making the Most of Twitter
Once you know how to get started with Twitter, you will want to check out these resources that help you make the most of your Twitter experience.
- A Spreadsheet of Educators on Twitter. Find other teachers using Twitter and be sure to add yourself on the spreadsheet too.
- TwiTip. This blog features plenty of advice for using Twitter to your best advantage.
- How Twitter Can Make You a Better (and Happier) Person. Written by the CEO of Zappos.com, this blog post explains some of the virtues of Twitter and how you can use it advantageously for yourself.
- Can we use Twitter for educational activities?. This conference paper outlines ways to use Twitter in an educational setting as well as some of the benefits and drawbacks of using Twitter in this environment.
- The Unforeseen Consequences of the Social Web. This article is an important reminder to think carefully before posting just anything on the Internet and is especially helpful for educators as they often must consider both their impression on the Internet as well as that of students.
- Twitter Freaks. This Diigo community offers a great selection of resources for using Twitter, many of which have an educational perspective.
- Twitter Reading List. This listing includes many Twitter resources grouped by year going back to 2007.
- 5 Good Reasons to Learn How to Use Twitter for Business and Personal Use. Find some great reasons why you may want to start Twittering with this article.
- My attempt at helping journos learn Twitter. Watch this two-part webinar to learn about Twitter from the journalists' perspective.
- 35 Twitter Tips from 35 Twitter Users. This advice ranges from being honest to specific apps to better manage your Twitter use.
- 100 Totally Free Twitter Power Strategies. Find tips and connect with other Twitterers here.
Suggestions for Twitter Use in the Classroom
Below are some basic suggestions for using Twitter in the classroom. Use these ideas as a springboard for your creativity to come up with even more ways to use Twitter.
- Communicate with parents and students. Twitter assignments, important events, deadlines, and more to keep parents and students updated with important information.
- Daily summaries. Give a daily update on each school day so parents can stay in touch with what their children are learning.
- Collaborative planning. Teachers and students or students working together can use Twitter to document ideas and share with their collaboration team.
- Teacher collaboration. Many teachers collaborate on their lesson plans and teaching techniques and tips. Twitter allows collaborating teachers to share ideas and stay connected easily.
- Learn a foreign language. Using a service like twitterlearn or just practicing conversation skills with other Twitterers around the globe, students can practice a foreign language.
- Connect with other classrooms. Find a classroom in a different geographic area to create a modern-day pen pal situation where students can learn from each other through their Tweets.
- Use it as a poll. Take a poll asking student opinions or getting feedback on future topics. Use an app like PollDaddy to help.
- Nineteen Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom. This slide presentation offers fun suggestions of how to incorporate Twitter with lessons students will remember.
- A Professor's Tips for Using Twitter in the Classroom. While geared to his experience with older students, this article describes a great benefit of using Twitter with students.
Apps and Twitterers to Use with Students
Get students into the Twitter fun with these apps or established Twitter users students can follow.
- Atlas. Explore the world with Tweets that are shown on a map. You can also explore other places around that geographic location.
- TwitterLocal. Use this app to find Tweets from a s
pecific geographic location. This is a great way to study different cultures or to incorporate into a geography lesson.
- GeoTwitterous: Personalized Twitter on a Map. This article describes how GeoTwitterous works as a great app to map your network.
- Twitxr. Send photos from your mobile phone to your Twitter account with this app. This has potential for great student projects that require them to document and detail a specific topic.
- TwitPic. This app lets you share photos on Twitter. Students can find photos from all around the world for a real look at places beyond the classroom.
- Outwit Me. This site offers “intelligent Twitter games” and is a great way to bring Twitter into the classroom in a fun and engaging way.
- twiggit. Send students out to find interesting news articles or articles relevant to what you are studying, and they can share them with this app that combines Digg with Twitter.
- weather. This Twitterer brings weather news from the Science News Blog and shares weather events occurring around the world.
- QuoteURL. Put many different Tweets together on one page with this app. This is a great way to summarize a Twitter project for a presentation.
- TweetScan. Type in keywords and have Tweets that match your keywords emailed to you. Use this as a Twitter research shortcut.
- Tweetizen. Find groups of others on Twitter with your same interests or start your own group.
- Twrivia. Get a “daily pop quiz” with this app that provides a new trivia question each day.
- Plinky. Each day this app provides a prompt in the form of a question or challenge, then you can reply by posting text, photos, maps, or whatever you find that is relevant.
- EarthquakeNews. From the USGS Earthquake Center, get Tweets on any earthquake that hits around the world and registers over 2.5.
Apps to Make Twitter Work for the Educator
These apps will help you use Twitter more easily and often have specific advantages for educators.
- GroupTweet. Create a group with each class to facilitate Tweeting. This is a great tool for teachers wanting to create a classroom group to keep students and parents informed of assignments, announcements, or work collaboratively.
- TweetDeck. This app allows you to create groups of Tweets to better manage the information.
- tweetparty. This is another group-creating app that allows you to communicate directly with your Twitter group.
- TweetGrid. Create a customized search dashboard to facilitate your Twitter searches.
- Tweetree. This app puts your Tweets in context so when an entire conversation starts, it is grouped together.
- TwitterFone. If you would like to call and leave a voice message that will be turned into a Tweet, then use this simple app.
- Edmodo. This is a completely separate tool from Twitter, but is a private microblog similar to Twitter made especially for teachers and students.
- TwitterNotes. If you want to use Twitter for yourself as well as the whole class, this app makes it simple to keep notes that are only for you to read among your Tweets.
- Tweet Later. Use this app to write Tweets that you can schedule for posting at future times. This is a great way to line up reminders and announcements that are tied to specific dates.
- Password protected text notes. When privacy becomes an issue, use this app to send notes to Twitter that only those with the password can read.
- LoudTwitter. Sign up here to send Tweets to your blog. This is a good way to keep parents who may not be on Twitter updated with what their students are doing.
- bit.ly. With character count being so important, this service shortens URLs so that you use fewer characters when sharing web links.
- postica. Use this app to post sticky notes on Twitter for an eye-catching reminder.
- Twishlistter. Create a Twitter wish list here. Teachers wanting to publish supplies they need will certainly find this useful.
If you have fallen in love with Twitter and want to find more apps, these resources will help you out.
- Twitter Fan Wiki Apps. Here's an amazing listing of Twitter apps grouped by Desktop, Web, and Mobile apps, then further sub-grouped by Windows, Mac, or specific topics.
- Twapps. Find all the latest Twitter apps archived here. Search by keyword or browse by category.
- Twi5.com. Check out this website for the latest Twitter apps or sign up for their RSS feed to get new apps sent directly to you.
- Smashing Feeds. This resource provides Twitter news with apps featuring prominently.
- twtapps. The Twitter apps here are all pretty simple, require no registration, and are free.
- i-Stuff Twitter. This site brings together plenty of interesting and useful technology apps. Find those specific to Twitter here.
- 5 Good Ways to Discover Twitter Applications. Applications can enhance your Twitter experience, so learn how you can stay on top of the latest apps coming out for Twitter.
- The Top 21 Twitter Applications (According to Compete). Based solely on the number of monthly unique visitors, this resource provides the 21 Twitter apps that received the most traffic.
- Twitter tips – tools for your tweets. Not only can you find tools to enhance your Tweets, you also get some basics about using Twitter here.
- Top 10 Twitter Hacks. This blog post actually offers more than ten suggestions, so check out many ways to make Twitter work for you here.
Tweets to Follow
If you want a jumpstart on your Twitter experience, here are plenty of Tweets that all have a connection to education.
- BBC Education. Find out what news topics are cropping up in the UK by following this educational watchdog from the BBC News.
- Directory of Learning Professionals (& Others) on Twitter. This directory includes teachers as well as corporate trainers, but offers over 800 people you could follow.
- Pulse of Education. All of these Twitterers are in education. Take a look at some of them and see if you are interested in following along.
- LearnHub. Get lots of education-related links from the Tweets here.
- Twitter4Teachers Wiki. This wiki provides teachers on Twitter and are organized by subject. You can add yourself to the list as well as find others with similar interests as you.
- TweetReport. This Twitter feed offers great information about using Twitter and other resources for Twitter.
- Twitter Groups: teachers. This group keeps a running stream of all the member teachers' Tweets in one place. Follow here, follow teachers individually, or add yourself to the group.
- Twitter Groups: Edubloggers. Read edubloggers' Tweets or find specific ones you may want to follow.
- Twitter Professors: 18 People to Follow for a Real Time Education. While these educators are all working at a level higher than K-12, these professors share valuable experience using Twitter and keep their pulse on what is happening on a larger scope.
- yahooteachers. These teachers Tweet about plenty of educational information.
- Twitter Fan Wiki Universities. Whether you want to expose your high school students to a bit of college early or are looking for something specific, here's a listing of university Twitterers you can follow along with the number of other followers and a short description of the content.
Fun Twitter Experiments
Find out what creative projects and experiments others are doing with Twitter with these resources.
- twittories. Participate in creating a story here where each person can add 140 characters to contribute to the greater story.
- twitterbookgroup. Each month a book is posted, then participants leave their thoughts on the book in their 140-character answer.
- Twitter User Group. The goal of this group is to facilitate meet-ups and other social events between local Twitterers. It seems like this group is trying to pump some new blood into the project.
- Anonymous Twitter Project. Find out what happens when people can add Tweets without any connection to their identity.
- The Shadow Council Twitter Project. World of Warcraft fans will love this project where participants Tweet in character for their favorite Shadow Council toon.
- The Tourism Twitter Project. Those engaged in the tourism industry created this group in order to share their experiences from around the world.
- Black Friday Twitter Project. Learn how this experiment to use Twitter as a real-time news alert system turned out.
- WiZiQ and a twitter experiment. This blog post describes how one man gathered a Twitter community together to test a new educational program.
COLLEGE DEGREE FINDER
Successful entrepreneurs are a special breed of people with endless drive, passion, optimism, and determination. The following lectures address these folks with ideas on what entrepreneurship is, experience versus education, career advice, tips and skills, examples from personal entrepreneurial journeys, and advice for getting started. Browse through these video lectures, some only a few minutes long and others lasting an hour, to find information from professionals who share their experience and expertise.
Learn how these entrepreneurs define entrepreneurship with these videos.
- What is Entrepreneurship?. Jeff Hawkins discusses what an entrepreneur is and how to use being an entrepreneur as a tool for success instead of as a defining characteristic.
- Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Danny Shader describes the difference between those who are “product picker” entrepreneurs and those who are not.
- Who are Entrepreneurs?. Tim Draper describes his view of what entrepreneurs are.
- Mercenaries and Missionaries. Take a look at this definition of what entrepreneurs are and what they are not.
- What Kind of Person Are You?. Are you a private or public person? Examine your personality as it relates to what it means to be an entrepreneur.
- The Reality of Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship should be done out of love and passion, not a drive for money.
- What is an Entrepreneur?. Gordon Ringold shares his simple idea behind what an entrepreneur is.
- Qualities of an Entrepreneur. Elon Musk offers his description of an entrepreneur.
Experience and Education
The great debate over whether education or experience matters most for entrepreneurial success continues with these lectures.
- Experience is Overrated. Guy Kawasaki shares his unpopular view that the best entrepreneurs are young and inexperienced.
- Real World Learning. Trip Hawkins discusses his first venture as a teenager and describes how success comes from failure and real-world learning.
- To Get an MBA or Not?. Consider this position of not getting an MBA, but learning to manage through hands-on experience instead.
- Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?. Fern Mandelbaum gives her answer about what can and cannot be taught.
- Successful Entrepreneurs. Understand why compelling ideas are more important than the desire to be an entrepreneur and how education plays a role in this idea.
- Balancing Science and Business. Learn what Marc Fleury says about embracing more than one type of education to improve your success.
- The Global Future. Learn what John Doerr says are the important areas to study to ensure success in the global environment.
- Finding Your Strengths. Vic Verma discusses getting a technical education as well as what type of education may best serve you as an entrepreneur.
- To MBA or Not: Technical Degree or MBA?. Find out what Gajus Worthington says about this question based on his experience.
- The Value of Business School. Find out this entrepreneur's opinion about the best part of business school and why it is important.
- Education: Importance of Peers. Understand why making friends and maintaining relationships during school is important for entrepreneurs.
- To Get an MBA, or Not?. Vinod Kholsa explains why an MBA is not the only way to get the necessary experience to be a successful entrepreneur.
- Importance of Experience. Find out what Jeff Hawkins says about why having experience is important.
- Starting a business during undergraduate study. Joe Liemandt explains why this time of life is an excellent time to start a business.
Many successful entrepreneurs started first in a more traditional career. Find out what career advice some of those entrepreneurs have to share.
- Career Advice: Five Takeaways. From taking risks to integrity, find out what John Roos says are the most important points for a successful career.
- Career Advice. Debra Dunn and Randy Komisar offer their advice for graduating students that includes following your passion, continuing to learn, and learning to overcome fear.
- Career Advice. Michael Goldberg describes how successful entrepreneurs follow their passion and never stop going forward and what areas he believes will be successful in the near future.
- Career Advice. Brook Byers advises entrepreneurs to work with a company that will provide them with the experience necessary for their solo success.
- Career Advice. John Doerr offers several specific pieces of information that he feels are invaluable to creating a successful career.
- Pyramids, Not Ladders. Learn how making a lateral career move can be as valuable as making an upward one as you gain more experience and knowledge before moving up.
- Creativity vs. Control. Learn what experts say about mapping out career decisions versus taking opportunities that come up along your career path.
- Growing with Hewlett Packard. Debra Dunn explains why she decided to get her MBA and work with HP as a stepping stone to her success.
- Lessons for Failure. Karen Richardson relates how her failures throughout her career have shaped her success.
- The Career Path to Becoming a Venture Capitalist or an Entrepreneur. Learn why you should start your career at a company in sales and why you should never go into investment banking at the beginning of your career.
- Career: Learning from Failure Early On. Failure and persistence are often important to success and are the keys to how this man succeeded.
Advice for Success
Take this advice from successful entrepreneurs who have gone before you.
- Stay Interested. Learn how you become an interesting person by being interested in what is going on around the world.
- Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs. Evan Williams suggests to start small and go bigger and explains why he believes this is the best way for entrepreneurs to get started.
- Following Your Gut. Geoff Davis instructs students to go for big dreams despite any lack of money.
- Persistence and the Notion of the Big Idea. Trip Hawkins advocates sticking to your beliefs and stepping away from what everyone else is doing to find your success.
- Adding Value to Companies. Bill Campbell describes how adding value to companies at every stage of their development is important.
- Following Your Goal. Passion, good judgment, and having fun are among the key elements discussed here to achieving your goal.
- Work/Life Balance. Roger McNamee discusses why entrepreneurs cannot ignore family along the way.
- Passion and the Customer. Vic Verma uses real-life examples of why it's important to consider the customer when building your business.
- Overcoming the Fear. Randy Adams discusses preparing for the worst in order to deal with whatever may happen along the path to becoming an entrepreneur.
- Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur. Mitch Thrower discusses entrepreneurship and details what you can develop to make the most of your success.
- 10 Business Secrets. Mitch Thrower lectures at University of San Diego and shares his ten business secrets important for making it big.
- The Value of Broad-Based Leadership and Experience. Understand the importance of bringing together a leadership team with a broad set of experience and all of whom have a passion for what they are doing.
- Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs. Networking and learning from those within your network are the focus of this advice.
- Importance of Family In Building a Start-up. Find out what Frank Levinson says about keeping family among the top areas of focus when you begin your business.
- Tips for the Entrepreneur. Larry Page offers five tips including don't settle, have experience, and it's okay to solve hard problems.
Skills for Entrepreneurs
These videos offer many important skills for entrepreneurs.
- Skills of an Entrepreneur. Leadership and a dynamic management style are the keys to being a successful entrepreneur, according to Chong-Moon Lee.
- How Do You Find Your Passion and How do You Pursue It?. Entrepreneurs looking for direction should watch this lecture to learn how to focus their energies.
- Perseverance: Sticking to Your Beliefs. Entrepreneurship can be a struggle, but Guy Kawasaki explains how perseverance and passion will give you what you need to succeed.
- Challenges for an Entrepreneur. Learn the value of understanding yourself and recognizing faults as a key to success as an entrepreneur.
- Self-Awareness. Entrepreneurs must be able to look honestly at their strengths and weaknesses in order to succeed.
- Passion for Work. Learn how a passion for what you do translates to entrepreneurial success.
- Persistence Pays Off. Repeat long enough and you will be in the right place at the right time because of your Persistence
- Learning to Take Risks: A Personal Story. Larry Page relates his personal experience of learning to take risks in order to achieve success.
- How Do You Teach High-Tech Entrepreneurship?. Learn what education and abilities are best developed and how to develop them for entrepreneurial success.
- Choosing the Path that is Right for You. Jeff Raikes describes attributes that are important for career success–among them, passion and the ability to get things done.
- Creativity. Learn how you can find your creativity as an entrepreneur with this seminar lecture.
- What Special Factor Makes an Entrepreneur Successful?. Learn what qualities Fern Mandelbaum feels are important for entrepreneurs.
- 5 Critical Skills Entrepreneurs Need. Jerry Kaplan details the five skills he feels are important, including leadership, communication, and being a team player.
- Skills for Social Entrepreneurship. Learn what Debra Dunn says about collaboration between non-profit and for-profit to help address social issues and the skills each brings to this joint venture.
Learn How Others Succeeded
These lectures offer the real-life stories of successful entrepreneurs.
- The Founding of AgraQuest. Pam Marrone discusses how she turned her lifelong love of bugs and her upbringing in a green environment into her successful business.
- Strengths of Silicon Valley. Find out what John Roos says about how Silicon Valley was built upon diversity and being allowed to fail.
- Silicon Valley: Changing with the times. Roos discusses how Silicon Valley's ability to keep up with the changing times has promoted its ongoing success.
- Silicon Valley: An Ecosystem. Successful entrepreneurs should tap into the ecosystem of knowing all the people involved and learning and growing from each other that has been a key element to the Silicon Valley's success.
- Coming to Silicon Valley. Lee relates how he went from his family business in Korea to Silicon Valley and his eventual success in business.
- Savi Technology Creates the Internet of Things. Vic Verma details how he went from being a graduate student at Stanford to President and CEO of Savi Technology.
- The Early Career of a Serial Entrepreneur. Randy Adams discusses the beginnings of his career as an entrepreneur.
- The Career Path of a palmOne Executive. Ken Wirt details his career history that lead to his leadership at palmOne.
- Video of Cory Doctorow's talk. This Cambridge Business Lecture video features this accomplished journalist who speaks on Digital Rights Management, copyright, piracy, and his experience in business.
- Matching Interest with Business Opportunities. Learn from this real-life example how matching opportunity with interest and ability is an important aspect to consider.
- From Start Up Coach to Venture Capitalist. The experience here is an important reminder to young entrepreneurs to always keep options open and stay in tune with what is going on around them.
Find out how female entrepreneurs have succeeded in a typically male-dominated environment with these lectures.
- A Member of the CEO Minority. Understand what it's like to be a woman CEO in a male-driven environment.
- A Girl Among Geeks. Karen Richards describes growing up among men and engineers and how that affected her role as a female entrepreneur.
- Women and Entrepreneurship Introduction. Linda Hill, a professor at Harvard Business School, discusses HBS's the real-life business models it uses as case studies.
- Joline Godfrey: Social Worker to Entrepreneur. Learn how this woman went from non-profit to for-profit while keeping the business of educating young women at the forefront.
- Taran Swan: Business Development at Nickelodeon. Follow the success of this woman's journey.
- Donna Lopiano: Women's Sports Foundation. Ms. Lopiano describes the entrepreneurial journey of Billie Jean King as she founded several ventures important for women in sports.
- Enterprising Women Exhibition . Meet four successful business women and learn how they made it big in the world of business.
- Women and Economic Development. Study women entrepreneurs across time and in various countries with this video lecture series. There is also a close examination of the women in India who developed the Self-Employed Women's Association.
- Founding of Teach for America: Entrepreneurs Envision What Others Say is Impossible. Kim Smith describes how she and her partner overcame adversity to create a successful non-profit.
- Examples of Social Entrepreneurs. Kavita Ramdas describes examples of successful female social entrepreneurs.
The following lectures offer helpful advice on getting started.
- The Role of Networking to Find the Best Resources. Learn how Komisar relies on his network for resources, and then how he gets to know the people to determine if he wants to commit.
- Starting out as a Sole Founder. Michael Goldberg discusses the disadvantages of starting out on your own as well as what it takes to make a shift from venture capitalist to entrepreneur.
- Establishing Credibility. Learn how establishing credibility can be difficult, especially as a non-profit working with foreign governments.
- Establishing Culture and Values Early On. Find out why, as an entrepreneur, it is important to establish the culture and values early.
- The Role of a Consultant vs. the Role of a Virtual CEO. Discover what Randy Komisar says about the differences and why these roles, and the differentiations, are important.
- Personal Connectivity Cycle. Judy Estrin discusses the importance of connectivity on an individual level and what it means to entrepreneurs.
- Data Sources. This lecture at Georgia State University describes where entrepreneurs can find important data when gathering information for their businesses.
- Testing New Ideas. Entrepreneurs can find ways to test their ideas prior to going out with them, and this lecture discusses how.
- Business Structures. Learn about the different types of corporate structures in America.
- Start Up Steps. Find out what important steps you can take to get your start-up business going.
Funding and Marketing
These lectures discuss funding and marketing your ventures.
- Investment Timing: Early, Late or In-between. Janice Roberts discusses investment timing for entrepreneurs from a venture capitalist's perspective.
- Selling the Dream. Find out how Guy Kawasaki approaches marketing your idea by evangelizing what you have.
- Bootstrapping. Learn how to creatively raise money to get your business going.
- Angels, Banks, & VCs. Explore these three ways to raise money for your entrepreneurial venture.
- Finding Partners & Market Entry. Explore funny market blunders as an introduction to entering the marketplace and also discover how best to find a partner for your business.
- International Supply Chains. Learn how to get your product from you to the customer on a large scale basis.
- E-Marketing. Internet marketing and the entrepreneur are closely linked, so learn how best to take advantage of this opportunity.
COLLEGE DEGREE FINDER
By Britney Wilkins
Starting a business can be an intimidating venture even for those who are seasoned veterans. Young entrepreneurs shouldn't let all the complications keep them from working towards their dreams, however. There are loads of resources on the Web designed to help young people start and maintain businesses of all kinds. Here are 100 blogs we've collected that provide advice, information and tips on building a great business.
General Young Entrepreneur
These blogs touch on a wide range of issues that are a great help to young entrepreneurs.
- Young Entrepreneur Blog: From articles on becoming the next Richard Branson to tips on creating a better business website, this blog is full of valuable information for entrepreneurs young and old alike.
- Driven Leaders: Created just for Generation Y, this blog offers tons of advice for young people looking to get a leg up in business.
- The Baby-Face Executive: Are you driven to make it to the top before you lose your youthful good looks? This blog is designed just for those who are success-hungry and need some advice.
- Brazen Careerist: Young entrepreneurs will find some great advice and information on the numerous blogs contained on this larger site. Additionally, readers can join the online community and meet others who are looking to start out in business.
- Newly Corporate: For those just making their way into the business world, this blog by a fellow recent-college grad can offer some great advice on professional issues.
- Young Upstarts: While this blog is written by and directed at business owners in Singapore, young entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world can take advantage of the information offered.
- Empowering Teen CEOs: It's never too early to get started on building your own business and this blog offers help for teens who've got great business ideas.
- Young Professional Blogs:While not a blog in itself, this site is an aggregator of numerous blogs that are written by young professionals and businesspeople who are just starting out like you.
- Mind Petals: This blog offers not only information and inspiration but a whole community of young entrepreneurs to get to know as well.
- Youngbiz: From grade school to high school, this site offers news, articles and advice to young people all over the world who want to build business skills and capitalize on their ideas.
- Teen Entrepreneur: Part of Entrepreneur Magazine online, this blog offers the young and business savvy the chance to learn more about opportunities, skills and future careers.
- Young Entrepreneurs of America: Check out this association's blog to learn more about how you canbuild a successful business, no matter what you're interested in.
- Young and Successful: Maintained by the Young Entrepreneurs Network, this blog is a great place to find inspirational stories, tips and more.
- NFIB Young Entrepreneurs Foundation Blog: Give this blog a visit to get some helpful tips and links to fun entrepreneurial tools.
- JuniorBiz: Learn how to turn your freelance side work into a legit business with a little assistance from this blog.
For Entrepreneurs of Any Age
While not geared specifically towards young entrepreneurs, these blogs are still essential reading material for those looking to start a business.
- Club E: Here you'll find blogs by everyone from the seasoned businessperson to the complete amateur that can help you network, learn and share your experiences.
- UKpreneur: Check out this blog for posts all about being successful in business ventures from starting out to finding lasting success.
- StartupNation: If your dream is to start your own business online or off, give this blog a read to learn more about what it takes to launch a successful startup.
- WorkHappy: Learn about all the resources the Web has to offer you that can make your business run more smoothly and profitably.
- Startup Spark: Blogger Ben Yoskovitz offers loads of tips and advice for new business owners on this blog.
- Go BIG Blog: If you're in need of some advice on finding investors and getting started you can find it here from serial entrepreneur Wil Schroter.
- Business Opportunities Weblog: Whether you're looking for some great ideas to invest your time in or want to read about the ventures of a more experienced entrepreneur, you'll find what you're looking for here.
- Seth Godin's Blog: While you'll find a great deal of information on marketing, this blog is also a good place to read up on everything from better entrepreneurial practices to being more productive.
- How to Change the World: A startup owner himself, Guy Kawasaki offers loads of advice to other entrepreneurs on his blog.
- Small Business Trends: Your business is going to be starting off small, and this blog caters to issues and concerns that will directly affect you. True novices might find the business jargon confusing, but college grads and those with a little experience should fit right in.
- Duct Tape Marketing: Your business won't get far without effective marketing. Check out this blog for simple tips that anyone, even a business newbie, can implement.
- BizzBangBuzz: This blog is a great place to find advice on dealing with the many challenges that will undoubtedly face your new business.
Inspirational Young Entrepreneurs
Look to these young entrepreneurs for inspiration and advice on what it takes to make it in business.
- A Savvy Start: Check out this young woman's blog, all about her trials and triumphs in starting a consulting business and media company.
- Young Successful Entrepreneur: Jun Loayza is a blogger and co-founder of the business Future Delivery. Check out this blog for tips on business success and productivity
- Sean Wing: A self-described”serial entrepreneur”, this young man shares his ideas and advice for future entrepreneurs.
- Musings of a 26-Year-Old Entrepreneur: Blogger and entrepreneur Adam McFarland provides posts on this blog about topics like job security, small businesses and more.
- Andy Drish.com: Andy Drish is 22-years-old and shares his passion for marketing and technology on his blog.
- The Young Businessman: This young blogger posts all kinds of information relevant to entrepreneurs just starting out.
- BrianLash.com: Learn more about the entrepreneurial experience from this blogger and young entrepreneur.
- SeanCarter.com: This young man is still in college but has found success working with business ventures on the Web and beyond.
- Nothing to Lose: Young entrepreneur Brian shares his successes in entrepreneurship on this blog as well as some tips for other young entrepreneurs.
- The Young Entrepreneur: Nick Grinberg shares his thoughts on business and starting out in this blog.
- Think Globally, Act Locally: These two brothers and bloggers are working hard to start a new business together. You'll find information about their success as well as tips that can help any young business owner.
- Adventures of a Young Entrepreneur in Guyana: Learn what it takes to run a small business, raise kids and take care of a family for this young man in Guyana.
Check out these blogs for some helpful business advice on money, marketing and more.
- Catalyst for Action: This blog is dedicated to helping young businesspeople find the inspiration and knowledge to build successful businesses.
- Employee Evolution: Here you'll find some great posts on everything from learning how to fit in when you're the youngest person in the room to some great business branding basics.
- Great Leadership: Whether you want to own your own business or just run someone else's leadership is an essential skill. Here you'll find all kinds of information that can help you build your skills and emerge a better manager and business owner.
- Twenty Set: This blog aims to provide advice to young entrepreneurs who need a little advice on personal and professional development.
- Psychotic Resumes: Check out this blog for some suggestion on creating great resumes, getting internships, interviewing and more that can be a big help in business.
- The Future of Work: For those interested in IT and business technology, this blog offers a lot of great advice, helpful posts and much more that can help you learn to get ahead in the field.
- Young Money Talks: Whether you're struggling to bring your own finances under control or manage money for a startup, this blog is a great place to look to for advice on everything financial.
- Be Definite: This blogger wants to help young entrepreneurs find the confidence and skills to be successful in business.
- Brand Yourself: This blog will help you understand the basics behind business branding and what you need to do to get your name out there.
- The Closet Entrepreneur: Chances are pretty good that you'll need to be
pretty careful with your limited funds when you're starting out. This blog offers some great DIY tips for entrepreneurs.
- Rise to the Top: Check out this blog for tips and ideas that can help you make the most of your startup.
- Blogtrepreneur: With loads of advice for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs of all kinds, this blog is a great resource.
- Startable: Take some advice from blogger Prasad who has started multiple businesses on the best way to get your business up and running.
Online Business and Technology Development
The Internet is home to a large number of the startups out there today, and these blogs focus on providing advice and stories about young entrepreneurs who've tried their hands at web work.
- Jaime Harrop: Young Entrepreneur: From boosting productivity to getting more hits from Google, this 21-year old shares his business lessons.
- Retire at 21: Blogger Michael Dunlop shares his ideas on ways that entrepreneurs can find success in the online business world on this site.
- SplitStack: This blogger is only 17 years old and is already finding success in Internet marketing. Check out his blog for some helpful tips and advice.
- CashHelwig: For those still in college, this blogger can provide some help in navigating the world of online business as he attempts to find success in the virtual environment.
- iarematt.com: Matt Geri is 22 and already working on developing software. His blog features posts about his work, things he finds interesting and more.
- Nate Whitehill: This young man started his own blog design business and you can read about his successes and setbacks on this blog, as well as many other topics.
- Young Go Getter: Check out this blog for tips on building a blog that can bring in a steady stream of readers and eventually advertisers.
- Dare Mighty Things: This young boostrapping entrepreneur is trying to build his business from nothing to a million dollar enterprise. Follow along on his site and read helpful advice as well.
- David Koretz: With four businesses under his belt by the age of 26, David Koretz is a great person to turn to for advice on entrepreneurship, high-tech startups and the future of technology.
- Stanley Tang.com: Check out teenager Stanley's blog to see how he's coming along at making money through online technology.
- Entrepreneur in the Making: This young blogger is all about affiliate marketing. Learn how you can use it to make money and use the web to your advantage.
- Matt Huggins: This aspiring Internet entrepreneur shares his experiences making his way through online business on this blog.
- Alex Kaminski's Blog: Here you'll find college student Alex's blog where you can read about his aspirations to create revolutionary new online dating services.
College and Beyond
Here you'll find blogs that are focused on making the transition into the business world after college or building up a great business while still in college.
- Welcome to LA: Here you'll find advice and ideas on ways you can make the most of the time you're at college and prepare for your business career after you graduate.
- Life Before Noon: Check out this site to get posts all about your experience as a young adult, from navigating Facebook to planning for your future.
- The Mad Grad: Think life after college will be a breeze? This blogger shares her experiences of life in the working world.
- After Grad Avenues: Do you have a plan for your life after graduation? This blog aims to make it easier to make the transition and can offer some tips on getting into business or the corporate world.
- Mind Frenzy: For those curious as to what life might be like as an entrepreneur after graduation, check out this blog.
- The University Kid: Who says you can't start working at your business goals while still in college? This blogger explains how he makes money online and plans for his future after graduation.
- College Startup: Learn how you can get rich (or at least earn money to eat) from your dorm room with a little advice and guidance from this blog.
- Thrilling Heroics: This blog is geared towards college students who want to think outside the work-in-a-cubicle box and follow careers and passions that are interesting and maybe even a little unusual.
- Entrepreneur Student: Here you'll find tips on using the internet, being productive and setting yourself up for business success post-graduation while you're still getting your degree.
- Undergrad Entrepreneur: Peter Kao is an ambitious student who's working on his degree and on creating some business ventures at the same time.
- Studentpreneur: Billed as a place where students can “learn and earn at the same time” this blog offers tips and advice for students as well as informational posts about new technology.
- Startup Student: Give this blog a look to get tips and advice on creating startup businesses while you're still a student.
Young Women in Business
These bloggers are young women and entrepreneurs who want to share their tips and advice on creating a successful business.
- Small Hands, Big Ideas: Grace Boyle is a young woman working for a start-up. On her blog you can find advice and information on working for budding companies, using online technology, and coming out on top as a young professional.
- WorkLoveLife: Here you'll find posts by Holly Hoffman on everything from start-ups to maintaining healthy relationships.
- Girl Meets Business: Get some insight on how women can navigate the working world from the solid advice on this blog.
- PR Interactive: Meg is a recent college grad who shares her thoughts and advice on the PR world, a great place to find advice on promoting your business or making your way in the PR field.
- Modite: Young blogger Rebecca Thorman recently quit her job to work at a start-up, and readers can follow along with her progress and get some great advice on her blog.
- FemalePreneurs: Young women looking to start a business can find all kinds of advice and inspiration here.
- Mind Your Own Business Girls: This blog is home to female-directed business advice from a woman who has made a big splash in the business world.
- EntrepreHER: Women can find advice, encouragement and support from this female-focused business blog.
- Start Her Up: Men aren't the only ones who want to start businesses. This blog from the Seattlepi offers some helpful advice and insight for female entrepreneurs.
- Loaded Bow: This site is dedicated to helping make sure that young women have the tools and knowledge they need to be successful in business.
- Birth of a Startup: Here you'll find the story of Alicia Navarro's startup journey.
- Doing Business While Female: Check out this blog for some killer tips on business strategy, skills and confidence.
These blogs cover a range of issues from businesses that think outside the box to entrepreneur success stories.
- Project: Complete: This blog is home to posts about finding success in business as well as on personal productivity, meeting goals and living happy.
- Slideshow: Think you'll never make it big? This blogger started a web design and development business while in college that now has over 200 clients. Check out his blog for inspiration and advice on marketing.
- Raising Entrepreneurs: While this blog is geared towards the parents or teachers of young entrepreneurs, it still provides some great posts about those who have found success and the paths they took to get there.
- Streaming Futures: Here you'll find regular new offerings that allow visitors to listen to interviews with successful leaders in a wide range of fields to get inspiration and advice on making it big.
- Generation Breakthrough: Check out this site to learn how you can archive your personal goals and aspirations without letting others discourage you.
- Rich By Thirty: If making money is your ultimate goal, check out this blog for tips on raking in the big bucks.
- Flee the Cube: Want to peruse business ventures in socially conscious areas? This blog is all about turning away from corporate life and following your true calling.
- Act As If: Written by a young business professional, this blog aims to help share some business ideas with those starting out in a wide range of fields.
- Young Negotiators: Learn more about navigating investments and getting the most out of every business deal you make from this blog.
- Practical Tips for Young Urban Professionals: If you're new to the whole business thing, this blog may be a big help with tips on how to dress, search for work and even do well at interviews.
- MeDirected: If you're afraid you won't be able to resist the security of the 9-5 world, this blogger shows you that sometimes, following your real dreams is the only way to go.
COLLEGE DEGREE FINDER
By Megan Jones
From the library to the dorm room to a friend’s computer, it’s not uncommon for college students to find themselves using a different computer all the time. Putting small and versatile apps on flash drives allows students to take their important programs with them wherever they go. The following portable apps cover everything from documents to note-taking to organization to security to helpful tools and more, are all small enough to go anywhere, and cost absolutely nothing.
Creating and Working with Documents
Whether you want a word processor or spreadsheet app that will work with Microsoft Office programs or you just want a great text editor that will go anywhere, these apps will do the trick.
- AbiWord Portable. Download this free alternative to Microsoft Word and be able to write your papers anywhere with this software that includes spell and grammar check, mail merge, and more.
- OpenOffice.org Portable. This office suite includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package, and database all for free and all portable.
- Softmaker Office 2006. Get TextMaker and PlanMaker to replace Word and Excel with this simple, free, and portable office suite.
- Sumatra PDF Portable. This app is small and starts up very quickly. Use this when you need a free PDF viewer on the go.
- Foxit PDF Reader. View and print PDF files and even fill in interactive forms with this portable app that also opens very quickly.
- Notepad ++. Replace Notepad with this free program that is small enough to use comfortably as a portable app.
- NoteTab Lite. This text and HTML editor has spell check, allows for formatting, and you can search files.
- Q10. Download the portable version of this app to get a very simple, full-screen text editor that performs a word, page, and character count and has features such as spell-check, alarm timer, autosaving, and much more.
- QJot. Replace WordPad with this rich text editor that creates .doc files and also allows you to read Word and WordPerfect files.
- Jarte. This word processor offers many of the same features as WordPad or Word, but is less cumbersome than those programs.
- MoonEdit. A great app for students working on collaborative projects, this text editor allows for multiple people to have access to the same documents and even provides multiple colored cursors so you can easily determine what changes your collaborators are making.
Whether taking notes for a big research project or jotting down the phone number of the cute co-ed next to you in the library, these apps will make sure you never lose any important scrap of paper again.
- Evernote. This popular note-taking program offers a download for SanDisk U3 flash drives so you can have the complete program available without downloading directly to a computer.
- Ditto. This clipboard manager is full-featured, yet is a portable app that allows you to save clipboard items as well as share them across a network.
- PNotes Portable. These sticky notes can go where ever you go and allow you to set alarms, select from various skins, organize, and customize all your notes.
- CintaNotes. This note manager allows you to select text and store it, then easily find it by typing any of the words in the note. Save quotes, Wikipedia entries, research data, thoughts and ideas, or whatever you need to keep.
- NotesHolder Lite. Keep your notes easily accessible, but don’t clutter your desktop with sticky notes with this app.
- WikidPad. Store notes, ideas, and more on this stand-alone wiki-like notebook.
- StoneNotes. This rich text editor allows you to keep notes while also easily creating hyperlinks, drag & drop organizing, tabbed interface, spell check, easy search capabilities, and much more.
- Yadabyte Notes. Keep your notes safe here and no matter how haphazardly you jotted them down, you will always be able to find them with the simple keyword search feature.
- NoteCase. Organize text notes in a hierarchical manner in a single document with this portable app that can also be encrypted to protect your privacy.
- Notebox Disorganizer. Originally designed for writers researching and developing novels, this note-taking app lets you jot down ideas, organize them, and prepare them for publication in a spreadsheet format.
From calendars to to-do lists to task managers, these apps will not only keep you on track, but they can also follow you wherever you go.
- TreePad Lite. Keep all your notes, emails, texts, bookmarks, and more together on this portable app.
- Mozilla Sunbird, Portable Edition. Take your calendar, schedule, and to-do list with you everywhere with this app.
- ToDoList. This powerful task manager will help you organize and stay on top of all your assignments, projects, and other important tasks and is especially useful for complex projects with multiple due dates.
- Lightening Extension. For an even smaller app than Sunbird, if you use Thunderbird for your email, then use Lightening as an extension so you can keep your to-do list and calendar with you all the time.
- Rainlendar – Portable Calendar. Organize and access your daily tasks, appointments, and more with this portable calendar app.
- Safavor. Keep all your bookmarks on this stand-alone portable app.
- Magic Bookmarks. Save and organize your favorite bookmarks, then access them from an icon in the system tray with this portable app that also works as a stand-alone.
- Kurlo. This contact manager lets you keep all your important names, addresses, and numbers together, print address labels or envelopes, and even take all this information with you anywhere.
- XMind. This app offers a portable version so that you can brainstorm on your own or collaborate with others and track progress.
- Alarm Clock by Tarry91. Whether you need to be reminded when to get to class or are trying to limit your time on each task, this portable alarm clock rests in you system tray until it’s time to alert you.
- Chaos Manager. Manage appointments, keep a calendar, store contact information, and make a to-do list with this app.
- TiddlyWiki. This lightweight app has plenty of potential with capabilities ranging from Getting Things Done to note-taking to collaboration to building websites.
Whether you like to communicate by email, IM, or even Skype, these apps will ensure you have all the information necessary to communicate no matter where you access a computer.
- Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition. This email app allows you to safely take your emails, account information, and address book with you anywhere you go.
- Qm – The Quick Mailer. If you need to send quick emails and don’t want to load your whole email program, use this small, portable app.
- gDisk. Mac users will enjoy this app that turns their Gmail account into a portable hard drive.
- Vallen POP3 Mail Checker. Preview and delete emails from your POP account without having to download them into your account. This app can be used with multiple accounts.
- Koma-Mail. Use this portable email program to access your POP3/IMAP accounts. It also includes a spam filter, imports and exports email messages and contacts, and even includes a simple RSS reader.
- Pegasus Mail. Having been around since 1990, this email client has experience under it’s belt as well as a free, portable email program that is very simple to use.
- Popcorn – Portable Text Email Client. If security while emailing is an important issue for you, then give Popcorn a try for simple, text-only emails with SMTP/POP3 support.
- Trillian Anywhere. Use this portable app to take your IMs, preferences, and contacts with you anywhere to any type of portable media.
- Pidgin Portable. Another popular IM client, this portable version of Pidgin allows you to take your settings and buddy list with you.
- Miranda IM. Give Miranda IM a try if you want a very small, yet customizable, IM client to take on the go.
- Skype. Learn how to make Skype a portable app here and you can be making free calls, videos, and IMs where ever you go.
Web and Graphic Design
Whether you are studying design or are making a few extra bucks designing websites, these apps will ensure you can do the work necessary everywhere.
- KompoZer. Create web documents with this WYSIWYG program that does not require you know any HTML to create great web pages.
- GIMP Portable. This image and photo editor is a free and comparable replacement for Photoshop that is also portable enough to take anywhere you go.
- Anim8or. This 3D modeling and character animation program is small enough to fit on your thumb drive yet powerful enough for enhancing presentations or creating fun animation for extra curricular fun.
- Web Design Toy. Type in HTML and immediately see on a split screen the results of your code.
- CSS Tab Designer. You don’t have to know any CSS programming to create beautiful tabs and lists for any website.
- Get Color. This app allows you to capture any color on your screen for use in programming or design work.
- Artweaver. This program allows you to simulate a wide variety of brush strokes and supports many common formats including BMP, GIF, and JPEG.
- Photoscape. View and edit photos with this app that comes loaded with plenty of easy-to-use features.
- ArtRage 2.5 Starter Edition. Get 8 painting tools and start creating great pictures right away.
- Rendera. This graphics program supports artistic painting, photo retouching, and tile design.
From browsing to keeping up with RSS feeds to stopping pop-ups, these apps will enhance your Internet experience everywhere.
- Mozilla Firefox, Portable. Download this portable version of Firefox to be able to take your passwords and bookmarks with you as you surf in a secure environment.
- Portable Chrome. Use this German-developed app lets you keep Google Chrome on your USB to take advantage of the safe and easy browsing Chrome users love.
- Mac-on-Stick. Mac users who are fairly technologically savvy and want to learn how to get their OS Classic 7.0.1 on a stick can find out how here.
- GreatNews. This portable RSS feed reader provides a fast and efficient way to organize and read your RSS feeds.
- Fact200. Use this app to help you do Internet research. Find information online, save it, and organize and retrieve it easily.
- Fresh Find. This small app helps streamline your Internet searches so that they are more efficient.
- DownThemAll! Extension. Download all or some of the links or images on a webpage at one time and speed up the download process by up to 400% with this Firefox extension.
- Lightscreen Portable. Capture a screenshot and take it with you on your USB flash drive, then access it on any other computer.
- PopKi. Stop pop-up ads while you are browsing the Internet with this stand-along app.
- MyLastSearch. Get information on your search history done with Google, Yahoo!, and MSN then save to the clipboard or create a file with this information.
Keeping your flash drive safe, the files on it, or your passwords and other important information secret, these apps will help keep you secure while you are on the go.
- TrueCrypt. Make sure no one can access what you’ve got on your USB drive with this free app.
- KeePass Password Safe Portable. Keep all your passwords locked on your USB and take them anywhere with you so you never need to worry about forgetting passwords or someone else accessing them.
- Flash Drive Reminder. Never leave your flash drive behind again with this simple tool. Download the app on your flash drive, then any time you are using the drive, Flash Drive Reminder remains on in the background, popping up when you log off or shut down your session.
- LockNote. Take text notes and lock them up with this app that provides an excellent, secure place to keep important information such as passwords, social security numbers, etc. that you can store on a USB stick or any other portable device.
- FlyingBit Password Keeper. Keep logins, passwords, serial numbers, and any other important information on this app that you can take anywhere with you.
- DP Shredder. Feel secure that you have successfully "shredded" any important files and folders with this app that easily goes with you on your USB stick.
- EjectUSB. If you’ve ever had problems safely ejecting your flash drive, this app will help you eject every time you are on a Windows system without fear of losing important data.
- ClamWin Portable. Take this antivirus program with you everywhere so you can scan files anywhere and won’t leave any personal information behind.
- Make your thumb drive returnable. While this isn’t necessarily an app, it is just as useful and important as one. Learn this simple way to ensure anyone who finds your lost thumb drive can discover how to return it to you.
- Ghostzilla. Keep busybodies at bay with this app that makes your computer screen appear normal while you look at a different program within the page. If the person moves closer, just move your mouse off the page and it will disappear completely.
Math and Science
These apps are specifically helpful for those studying math and science and offer calculators, planetariums, and entire solar system exploration.
- eCalc. This version of the Windows calculator is a stand-alone that is easy to take where ever you go and doesn’t require an Internet connection to use.
- SpecQ Mathematics. If you would like something a little heftier than eCalc, try this math program that, in addition to simple math, also allows you to graph, perform complex computations, and more.
- SpeedCrunch. Yet another portable calculator, this cross-platform app is fast, lightweight, and handles complex computations.
- Celestia. Explore the universe in three dimensions with this app that allows you to virtually leave the Earth and explore the entire solar system and beyond.
- Stellarium. If you want to be able to see a realistic sky in 3D from any computer, then download this app.
From dictionaries to translators to on-screen keyboards to money managers, you won’t want to leave these helpful apps behind.
- WordWeb. Download this free software to have access to a dictionary and thesaurus that works offline.
- Lingoes Portable Dictionary. Get both a dictionary and text translator in one with this great app that can be used on any PC when you download it to your flash drive.
- DemoHelper. Whether you are conducting a presentation or leading a group study session, use this tiny app to write on your screen for emphasis. Use freehand, shapes, and different colors.
- eTextReader. If you like to read text from Project Gutenberg, this portable app allows you to read the plain texts in a book-like manner.
- Money Manager Ex. Use this app to manage your money so you know where it’s going and how to make sure you have enough each semester.
- Convert. Convert distance, volume, time, temperature, mass, density, pressure, and much more with this tool.
- Virtual Magnifying Glass Portable. Take a magnifying glass with you no matter which computer you are using with this cool app.
- On-Screen Keyboard Portable. If you enjoy using the Windows on-screen keyboard, then keep this app on your USB drive to have access to the same keyboard no matter where you go.
- Volumouse. This app lets you control the volume by using the mouse wheel and is great for any student who regularly works around others. Set whatever parameters you wish to make it work as you need.
- Cornice Portable. This image viewer allows you to show your images on any computer and lets you zoom, rotate, show thumbnails, and more.
- InfraRecorder Portable. Burn CDs and DVDs anywhere with this portable app that has a ton of great features.
For a Little Fun
It’s time to take a break from all that studying with these fun apps that include music, puzzles, and games.
- Screamer Radio. Listen to plenty of Internet radio streams where ever you go with this app that is also easy to use.
- SharePod. Use this portable app to use your iPod without iTunes. Manage, play, back up, and share your music.
- uTorrent. This BitTorrent client is so light you can keep it on your USB and take it with you anywhere.
- Juice. Download and listen to your podcasts with this free app that is fast and easy to use.
- AIMP Classic. Go beyond just listening to music with this multimedia app that includes an audio converter, recorder, and tag editor.
- Sudoku Portable Puzzle Game. You may be able to call this one an educational app since Sudoku is great for developing logical thinking.
- Mega Mario – Portable Super Mario. This clone of Super Mario Brothers is free, fun–and by some accounts–even better than the original.
- Bricks 2000 – Tetris Clone. Based off Tetris, this clone is very similar and may even be a bit more challenging.
- Stranded II. Find food, make your own tools, hunt, construct buildings, or tame wild animals as you learn to survive in this game.
- Deluxe PacMan – Portable Arcade Game. Follow the instructions here to learn how to download and make this game portable so you can go old school anywhere.