Citelighter – a platform geared specifically towards teachers to help them hone in on the cognitive process of their students. The teacher platform builds off of the existing student platform, and uses the information students input to analyze their critical thinking process.
Citelighter has conducted ethnographic studies into the research and writing behaviors of students to understand their natural digital processes. Rather than recreating the wheel, we decided to create a tool that mimics students’ natural behaviors, and incorporates valuable structural components as a way to subtly reinforce best practices and encourage original thought. The steps a student goes through when using Citelighter, while also making the research and writing process more efficient for them, force a student to engage with the content in a meaningful way, and accelerates their abilities to draw conclusions. These simple functions include the comment box (where students can paraphrase and add original thoughts to the content they find), the ability to drag and drop facts into a logical outline, and the ability to reference one’s organized thoughts and comments directly within a Google Doc, in what they call the Citelighter Clipboard.