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Evidence Management

Reading Reimagined

Competitive Advantage

For Prepared Debaters

 

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Learning Software For
Prepared Debate Squads

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ARTICLE SHARING DONE RIGHT

The Library’s Article Feed is a single repository for all of your debate team’s research files. Filter web articles and PDF files by those that you have (or have not yet) read, those contributed by a particular teammate, those from a specific news source and more!

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READING REIMAGINED

Read to learn with the Library. You can highlight content in five different colors, look up word definitions, save interesting facts, and mark articles as read. Beautiful as ever, the Article View now supports three different color schemes: Light, Dark, and Book.

Mark Articles

MARK ARTICLES AS READ

When you finish reading an article, make sure to mark it as read. To do so, you must complete a short comprehension activity that requires you to think critically about the article. Through the Dashboard, coaches can monitor their students’ reading activity and review their comprehension exercises.

Memory Bank

MEMORIZE IMPORTANT FACTS

Highlight important article content and add it to your Memory Bank. Submit a question that is answered by the selected content, and then quiz yourself with your saved memories to expand your knowledge base.

Vocabulary

LEARN NEW WORDS

When you read articles, you can highlight unfamiliar words and look up their definitions. Whenever a word is defined, it is automatically added to the your Vocabulary List – where flash cards and study lists make it easy to review.

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A UNIFIED RESEARCH HUB

The Library is a single hub for all of your debate team’s research files (web articles and PDFs). The Library organizes your evidence in one application that can be used for any debate event. Prepd’s event-specific apps – Extemp and Congress – pull articles from the Library’s evidence base.

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NEWS FEED

Prepd’s News Feed automatically retrieves 150,000+ articles from 50 different news sources. Since articles in the News Feed can then be saved to any Prepd application, the News Feed helps teams quickly file and fills research gaps. It also helps level the playing field, so smaller extemp clubs can compete against larger programs. Learn more about the News Feed by reading this blog post.

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FAST CATCH

Say goodbye to Prepd’s Article Catcher, and say hello to Fast Catch: a one-click solution for quickly and easily saving internet articles to any Prepd app – Extemp, Congress, and your Library. Visit the Chrome Web Store to install Fast Catch.

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EASY PDF UPLOAD

The Library is equipped with a simple PDF upload tool. Once uploaded, PDF files retain their original file formatting. Moreover, you can highlight PDFs, mark ‘em as read, and save their content to your memory bank.

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SMART SEARCH, SMART FILTERS

Find useful files – ASAP. Target keywords and narrow search results with Smart Search. Filter files by those that you have (or have not yet) read, those saved to a specific app, and those filed by a teammate.

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AND MUCH MORE

MOBILE ACCESS

Use the Library on any smartphone via Chrome’s mobile browser. The ability to catch web articles on your smartphone will be coming soon!

Mobile Access

Offline App

OFFLINE SUPPORT

Enjoy full access to your files while competing with Prepd Offline – a single Chrome app that offers offline access to Extemp, Congress, and the Library.

RICH ANALYTICS

Prepd’s Dashboard will be updated with a brand new analytics panel that provides insight into how students read and learn.

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READ TO LEARN

Don’t just read the news, master the news. The Library helps you learn more while you read: memorize interesting facts, look up word definitions, mark articles as read, highlight content in five different colors, and much more.

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MEMORIZE IMPORTANT FACTS

Coming Soon: Highlight important article content and add it to your Memory Bank. To do so, you’ll submit a question that the selected content answers. Later, visit your Memory Bank and quiz yourself to expand your knowledge base.

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LEARN NEW WORDS

When you read articles, you can highlight unfamiliar words and look up their definitions.

Coming Soon: Whenever a word is defined, it is automatically added to your Vocabulary List – where flash cards and study lists make it easy to review.

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MARK ARTICLES AS READ

Mark an article as read once you’ve finished reading it. To do so, you’ll complete a short comprehension activity. Through the Dashboard, coaches can monitor their students’ reading activity and review their comprehension exercises.

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AND MUCH MORE

ARTICLE SUMMARY

Quickly understand an article’s subject matter by reviewing a short, auto-generated summary.

SUMMARY

READABILITY

READABILITY SCORE

Take note of an article’s reading difficulty level. Reading progress will be tracked in the Dashboard.

READING MODE

Does reading on a computer ever hurt your eyes? The Article View now supports three different color schemes: Light, Dark, and Book.

READING MODE

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“With Prepd our team gained the ability to better “see and manage” our files. We know exactly who is filing, when they are filing and we can track progress in building effective files. Coaches also get tools which make them more effective in encouraging students to file. Compared to our former dropbox system, Prepd is easy, fast and efficient!“
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Harry
Strong

Director of Forensics, Battle Ground Academy

“Prepd has been an amazing resource for our team. Our physical International Extemp bins were lost right before our 2014 District Tournament, giving us only two weeks to recreate years of work.With limited time, we subscribed to Prepd, caught over 3,000 articles, and have never looked back. A few weeks later, three of our competitors were IX finalists, and one qualified for the National Tournament.The same student also qualified in 2015.“
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Tom
Cork

Debate Coach, Santa Fe Preparatory School

“Our debate program had been looking for alternatives to research, store, and access current event materials, and then we discovered Prepd. From accessing information for practice rounds or tournaments, to making it easier for me (as a teacher/coach) to track research for grading purposes, to assisting students looking for research material for non-debate classes and assignments, Prepd has been an amazing tool. It’s great for extemp, Congressional Debate, and even oratory research. And I love that the saved articles are void of annoying advertisements and irrelevant (for debate purposes, at least) photographs. Plus, it has saved countless trees and tons of toner. All of my debate students are mandated to register with Prepd, and I have no qualms about making such a requirement for them.“
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Paul
Gaba

Debate Coach, Wellington High School

“I am very impressed with Prepd. The app addresses several issues associated with building and maintaining a competitive extemp digital filing system. The software provides a convenient and intuitive manner for researching articles and organizing files so students can focus more time on giving speeches. The data tracking aspect of the software also provides coaches with better insight for preparing their students for competition. This is a great tool for any extemp program looking for a better way to manage its files.“
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Joseph
Johnson

Coordinator, Fine Arts North East ISD

“Prepd is a revolutionary program for the successful Extemper. It is the perfect filing, storing and prepping solution for squads trying to “go digital,” and away from the old heavy Extemp tubs full of paper articles and folders. The Prepd founders are mindful of the evidence rules for every speech competition organization, from TFA to UIL to NSDA, which was my main concern. Some favorite features my team enjoys are the “add article to round,” which filters out all of the other articles except the ones you want to use in your round, the highlight feature, the favorites feature, the add topic feature, so you can see your topic clearly as you prep, and the countdown timer. It is clear that Prepd was started by a former Extemper, because everything on an extemper’s wish list is in this program. I highly recommend Prepd for you and your squad!“
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Wendi
Brandenburg

Debate Coach, Contennial High School

“Prepd was an indispensable tool in my last few years of competition. As the manager of my team’s files, it’s data tracking allowed me to easily monitor my teammates’ activity. When building a file, I was never worried about overcrowding or disorganization, a concern that frequently came up before my team used Prepd software. In major tournaments, Prepd’s Article Catcher allowed me to swiftly and easily update my files in between rounds to prepare for the next topic area. Perhaps most importantly, Prepd’s in round search mechanism and “add article to round” features made it simple to sort through massive amounts of information and access the most topical and specific pieces of evidence. Overall, I would recommend Prepd to any competitive Extemper. “
Micah Cash

Micah
Cash

National Champion in USX at NSDA Nationals 2016, Tulsa Washington HS

“As a person who always strives to be organized and efficient, Prepd provides the best of both worlds. Over the last few years competing in extemp, I’ve been consistently impressed by how effective Prepd as a software has been at keeping my files in an organized, easy-to-access place both in and out of draw. Unique features that I’ve found particularly useful include the Prepd article catcher, which helps me file articles in a more streamlined fashion than Dropbox or Google Drive, and the ability to “add” articles to a given round, which allows me to keep track of all the articles I plan on using in my speech. As a rising junior and a speaker with experience at the local, state, and national level, I would definitely recommend Prepd to all extempers.”
Micah Cash

Nikhil
Ramaswamy

6th place finisher in IX at NSDA Nationals, Jasper HS

“Prepd is a great system which has allowed me to further my efficiency in the prep room. Things like dropbox are extremely hard to navigate and not too terribly engaging. However Prepd is an intuitive program which allows me to be better prepared to speak. After you draw, you type in your question and it appears on your computer all throughout the speech along with a timer. Also, you can save specific articles that you are using, which makes it really easy to go back and find it if needed. Also, filing on Prepd is great because you can save the article in multiple folders which is extremely helpful. The Prepd staff also responds very quickly to any snafus with the system. They were even at the NSDA National Tournament in person to deal with those problems. In short, I am glad my team made the switch and I have yet to see a better system yet.“
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Paul
Bousquet

Student, Battle Ground Academy

“There is no better feeling than going into a prep room with nothing more than a laptop, yet still knowing still that you are just as prepared as anyone else carrying around a 50 lb evidence crate.Prepd allows you to rest your muscles and use prep time effectively. Not only is catching articles as easy as clicking two buttons, finding and retrieving caught articles is a breeze as well. Extempers know that 30 minutes goes by very quickly when preparing a speech, and a simple, easy, yet tournament legal database with potentially thousands of articles is something that too few people get to experience. Prep time is meant for researching and preparing, not fiddling around with file folders, bulky binders, and largely irrelevant magazines.Prepd solves all of this, and more.“
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Lance
Ledet

Student, Northwest Career and Technical Academy

“Prepd provided my team with a great way to collect and view articles on the fly. Using Prepd in round is great because it cleans up all the clutter and presents just what I need to see. Having Prepd really made managing extemp files much easier. Being able to track my article catching activity gave me a new incentive to pull files: pulling more today than yesterday. Overall, using Prepd was a great experience that made doing extemp easier and more manageable.“
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Stewart
McLean

Student, Saint James School in Montgomery

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