Free Education Apps for Android OS



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With Android based tablets coming out--notably, the Dell Streak (f.k.a. Mini)--soon, as well as a few that are already "out," I've been curious about what apps might be educationally appropriate. Android-based tablets are headed for schools and offer a significant advantage over iPads--they're not Apple-based.

Here's a list based on feedback and web sites I've been reading. All apps listed are available at no cost, albeit some are "lite" versions like Solo Lite Guitar Player and Celeste Lite. I've not included apps that cost money but you can check the additional resources section to find those.

Think I missed a free Android educationally-appropriate app? Let me know which and how it might be used in the classroom. And, if you have suggestions as to how the following might be used in the classroom, don't hesitate to write in the comments!

Grades K-1

  1. Chicktionary
  2. Kidroid
  3. Kids Numbers and Math -
  4. Kids Connect the Dots 
  5. The Word Puzzle
  6. Zebra Paint

Correction:
Removed the Oxford English Dictionary entries because they cost money. Sigh.

Grades 2-12

  1. Calculus Review
  2. Capital QuizGeographic quiz Application on countries of the world, their capitals, their flags and their currencies for smartphone. 
  3. Celeste Lite
  4. CoursePro - track your homework assignments
  5. Electricity Calculator - calculate electricity usage
  6. Formulas Lite 
  7. GeoQuiz 
  8. Google SkyMap Astronomy
  9. HandyCalc - watch video...replace your TI-83 calculators and get Android phone for that $100 investment!
  10. MathDroid - algebraic calculator.
  11. MathWizard - Read the review here
  12. Memory Master
  13. My PocketProf - organize your notes
  14. PhotoMix - make pictures into puzzles
  15. StatDist - from their web site: "StatDist calculates densities, probabilities, and quantiles of common useful continuous and discrete distributions"
  16. Solo Lite - play a guitar on your android. awesome. I may finally learn to play (watch video).
  17. StudyDroid Flash Cards
  18. Track Iridium Flares - read this review. Pretty awesome for science.
  19. Trippo Mondo - text and audio language converter
  20. Unit Converter
  21. Wattpad - from their web site, "Wattpad gives you FREE instant access to 100,000+ novels, fan fiction, short stories, poetry and more."

Special Education

  1. SixtyFour - Learn Braille
  2. WebTalk - Voice-enabled web browser

Other neat stuff that could be used in education setting:

  • Barcode Scanner or Lynkee for QR Code Scanning
  • GmoteGmote turns Android into a remote control for a computer, allowing users to run movies and music at a distance. It supports all of the standard remote control features such as play, pause, rewind, volume controls etc. It also has a built-in file browser that lets you select what to play.
  • News Sources

    • NYTimes – more up to date
    • USA Today – more graphical
    • 1Cast News – video news stories

References
Thanks to the following folks for responding to my all-call for their favorite edu-apps for Android:


Thanks to the following web sites for sources; explore them for other choices:




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Comments

Michael said…
"Android-based tablets are headed for schools and offer a significant advantage over iPads--they're not Apple-based."

How is this an "advantage"? Wouldn't it be more of an option instead of an advantage, especially considering we still have not seen an Android tablet.

Nice list of applications. Thanks for sharing!
Miguel Guhlin said…
Michael, yes, I appreciate the other perspective. I probably should have put a smiley on that remark.

The remark reflects the anti-Apple perspective that is found in some schools that are more focused on draconian attempts to lock down desktops and IT security needs rather than teaching, learning with technology that facilitate creativity, collaboration at a distance aligned to the ISTE NETS-S/T.

Thanks for the feedback,
Miguel
This app isn't free but it's 99 cents (They wouldn't let us charge 49!)

We recently released CardDroid Math which is design to help kids (esp. K-3) learn math facts. It offers traditional flashcard visuals but it uses color and sound effects - especially kids' voices - to keep things interesting and encourage kids.

The buttons are big, it always shows you the right answer for visual reinforcement, there are no negative messages (if you answer wrong, that answer disappears and it invites you to "try again").

We plan to keep improving the app so I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions. You can find us at wwww.CardDroid.com or just search for "CardDroid Math" in the Android Market.

Thanks for checking it out,

Steve@WhitneyApps

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