Awesome Android™ Apps for Education
Tech news sites love to debate Apple® apps versus Android™, and just about everyone you ask (your students included!) will have an opinion on which is better. Apple® products gained an early foothold in education, but Android™ is not far behind and they’re gaining fast.
Google Play now offers a wide variety of excellent education apps for Android™ smart devices. Here are a few worth sharing with your students:
- Oregon Trail: American Settler– If you grew up playing this classic game in your elementary school computer lab, you’ll be glad to see that many of the original features and obstacles are still there, but the updated version introduces players to the difficulties pioneers encountered after the trail. Build a town, meet historical figures, and protect townsfolk from bandits and buffalo stampedes!
- Sky Map– If you’re anything like me you don’t exactly look at the night sky and go, “Ah, yes, that right there is Cepheus, right above Cassiopeia.” Enter Sky Map! Point your device at the sky to see the stars, planets, and constellations in front of you all neatly labeled, with applicable dots helpfully connected (bonus: follow the Sky Map development team on Twitter!).
- Algebra Tutor– Includes both prealgebra and algebra concepts with step-by-step walkthroughs to help students see where they made any mistakes.
- CueBrain – Helps users learn foreign language vocabulary using interactive flashcards. Includes a whopping nineteen different language options! A couple commenters mentioned that you can import your own cards from Excel and expand your personal CueBrain database.
- Wordle – Includes 3,500 puzzles to help build vocabulary and improve spelling!
Are you aware of other Android ™ apps that would be great to introduce to students? Please share! We would like to note them on our PowerSchool Tumblr page—where we love to highlight resources for students!
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