Tools for Conducting Research on Tablets

By Monica Burns 08.31.2015 blog
Portrait Of Young Happy African Woman Looking At Digital Tablet

Mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, help students access course content on the go and complete tasks from just about anywhere. Students can conduct research on tablets by accessing quality websites and using different apps. The wide range of technology available for these tasks can make the task of finding the best resources daunting for educators. The following resources are great choices for teen researchers who have access to a mobile device.


When students are looking for information online the amount of blog posts, articles and digital print they come across can be overwhelming. Teens may not want to stop and read each website they come across but bookmark their favorites for a deep dive later on. Pocket is a tool that students can use on mobile devices to keep track of sites they want to save for later. It syncs across multiple mobile devices.

Local Libraries

Many local libraries now have online resources. Students can load a PDF file from a library collection on their tablet or search through the library catalog. Consider inviting a local librarian to your school to explain resources in the community, or require students to document a library visit by the end of the school year.

Channel One Videos

As students look for information on a particular topic, Channel One’s Video Library is a great place to start. Students can learn about a variety of topics including current events and global issues through the multimedia resources including videos, slideshows and interactive games. Students can search with a keyword or narrow their searches by selecting tags and categories to see information related to a particular topic.

iAnnotate & EasyAnnotate

These two iPad apps are great research tools for students on tablets. Both of these PDF annotation tools give students a choice of features that will make it easier for them to interact with documents on the go. Teens can upload a document from a cloud-based service like Dropbox or open a document that was sent in an email. With these apps students can highlight text, add notes and keep track of their thinking when reading. If students are working in pairs or small groups, they can also export their notes to share with their peers.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has a fantastic website for teachers and students looking to conduct research. Students using tablets can download one of their apps for easy access to primary source documents. Young people can also access the Library of Congress’ web browser from their tablet. This makes it quick and easy to gather information on a particular period in history.

Do you have a favorite tool for conducting research on tablets? Share it in the comments below!

Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.


  1. mr.bowditch

    It’s a horrible idea this isn’t a great idea it doesn’t make sense in a social studies techer for Blackhawk middle school in smart

  2. malachi

    i thank that this idea is a grate idea so you wont have to write how you want to be presedent

  3. swabayda

    Good idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jaela

    i love this idea ❤️

    • Ludia Kim

      I think this idea is approvable and smart but I think you should take a ten minute break after thirty minutes, like a walk with your dog or play outside. Technology is easy and “smart”, but it is bad for your brain, eyes, and you get an addiction.

  5. cameron

    i think we should keep things like tablets and phones because they share knowledge that even we didn’t know.

  6. Millbrook_Middle_Mustang

    I think I can not go a year with no phone. I like to text message my daddy. And by the way I don’t play on my phone until I fall asleep but my dad told me that my phone can hurt my eyes. I put my phone up 2 hours before I go to bed. And I want my whole class to see this comment, and if you do I want to tell Ms.Mac that she is the best teacher and we never missed a day of channel 1 news. My teacher puts this on so we can learn not just to play. Channel one news is more than the best

  7. Sydney

    Although they are bacon, they are a waste of money and are not the same as real bacon.

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