As a slave to Outlook, I often think about going back to the pad and pencil age. The MicrosoftâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s organizational and communicative tool is more sterile than a urologistâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s waiting room âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ„Ãº and even less fun.
So when I saw the cool new homework tool called Soshiku, developed by 17-year-old Andrew Schaper, I immediately wished there was a version for grown-ups. Imagine the functionality of Outlook, only designed for the Wii generation with a fun and fancy-free interface.
Soshiku is a tricked-out online assignment pad that makes organization easy for any student. You can add and track assignments and courses with point-and-click ease. You can send yourself email and text alerts to make sure you donâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t day dream right past a term paper deadline. And you can collaborate on group projects by sharing documents and messages.
Designed for college and high school students, the free service accepts donations, although itâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s unlikely starving students have more than a nickel to drop in the virtual jar. Soshiku is widely getting raves by users and reviewers, and it will be interesting to see if the feel-good story fuels a more commercial competitor any time soon. Whatever that site is, it will certainly have its homework cut out for it.