Teacher Review For Citelighter

Time-saving citation tool but has limitations

Scott M.
Classroom teacher
American Canyon High School
American Canyon, CA
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My Grades 9, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 2
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Students need to learn how to research using online sources. As part of this process, they have to be able to cite their sources. Citelighter allows them to do this for most websites. What doesn't work is that Citelighter doesn't export to Google Docs in the free version, nor does it allow students to cite PDF's, in the free version. These are two huge drawbacks for my Google Aps for Education (GAFE) class. My online curriculum requires students to frequently read PDF articles, and they write everything in Google Docs.
My Take
It a good tool for citations, but limited by the fact it doesn't work for PDF's (in the free version), nor does it allow exporting to Google Docs (in the free version). It does allow exporting the notes and works cited to MS Word, but not all students have MS Word (some have Chromebooks, for example), and, for the students that do have Word, they shouldn't have to export to World first, then copy and paste from Word into a Google Doc. That workflow is too cumbersome.