Swoodle for Student Success

Jonathan Kettle

iPhone AppsDisplayNote Technologies recently released an app which they believe can revolutionize group work for students and professional teams.

Their free app, Swoodle, combines several existing technologies into one easy-to-use application in hopes to simplify team-working projects.

Projects from a variety of storage based servers, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, can be accessed and edited through Swoodle. This provides numerous advantages to having the file stored on the device itself since the information can be accessed through different devices simultaneously and critically allows changes to files in real time, so everyone involved can see updates instantaneously.

What sets Swoodle apart from other file sharing/editing apps is that Swoodle allows individuals to have text and video chats inside the application. This makes team working more convenient since projects can be worked on from anywhere and don’t require people to get together to accomplish the same level of productivity.

Still having trouble picturing exactly what the app does? Imagine amalgamating Google-docs or another Cloud-based system for project editing with the video and text chat capabilities of Skype.

The Belfast-based company designed the app to allow a quick flow of ideas on content and to spend less time formatting and summarizing the project, which really is what it does best. Swoodle isn’t the app to use for typing out your thesis; but it is the app you’d use to get efficient and quick feedback from others about your work.

There is a wide array of file formats that groups can work on, such as Office documents, Power Point presentations, PDFs, and images, with more to come as the app continues to grow. Later versions will have the ability to share videos. Video editing requires a level of performance that many mobile devices simply don’t have, so don’t expect to create the next block-buster hit on the app anytime soon.

Some university presses in the United States have already started to use the app to simplify productions by sharing images between their editors and photographers. The editors can then directly mark their opinions on said images, and then have video or text chats with the photographers to go into more detail.

The app also works exceptionally well as an educational tool. Some students use the app in conjunction with their professor to have their work looked over. This is more beneficial to both parties since the students get real-time feedback and the professor doesn’t have to take time out of their day to meet up with the students.  Imagine being able to meet with your thesis advisor from anywhere in the world.

The only real limitation of the app is screen space; however, with the continuing trends of mobile devices becoming larger (and ironically less mobile), it’s unlikely that screen real-estate will be Swoodle’s downfall.

The app is available for iOS, and should be released for Android systems near the end of September. Before Christmas, DisplayNote hopes to have a version compatible for Windows systems and, since Windows 10 is in many ways a unified system, will be able to run on Windows PC and mobile devices.