The Best Android Apps for Education

Even though I’m an avid Apple consumer and a big proponent of iOS, I’m not foolish enough to think that it’s the only smartphone option out there. So, I thought I would highlight the Android platform. I spoke to friends and family, as well as did some research, and thought I would put out some of the best Android Apps (both free and paid). With the addition of the Amazon App store, many apps are more readily available and easier to peruse. Most of these apps will have an iOS counterpart, but some are unique to the Android operating system.

Twitter – (Free) the Twitter App for Android is a great tool for accessing and posting tweets.

Tango – (Free) video chat with other smart phone users over WiFi, 3G, or 4G

Kindle – (Free) access and read your Kindle books via your Android device.

Google Reader – (Free) access and read your RSS feeds via google reader. Syncs wirelessly with your google reader account.

Google Voice – (Free) send free text messages, make free domestic phone calls, check your voice mail, and make cheap international calls via Google Voice.

Google Docs – (Free) access, edit, and share your google documents, you can even upload and convert documents via the app.

SwiftKey – ($2.02) improved keyboard for Android phones to make typing faster and more accurate

Evernote – (Free) make quit notes or view existing evernote bits. Requires an evernote account (free as well).

DropBox  – (Free) sync with your DropBox account.

Read It Later – ($2.99) Store and access online articles via Read It Later for offline reading.

Shop Savvy Barcode Scanner – (Free) this application is awesome (I have it on my iPhone). Scan any barcode (using your phone’s camera) and it will pull it up at online merchants and, using GPS, local ones – comparative shop without leaving your home or directly in the store.

Voice Recorder – (Free) save your own voice notes and then send them to your gmail account.

Google Earth – (Free) access google earth on your phone!

Fluent News – (Free) this portable new reader will help to keep you up to date on current events across the world.

Sketchbook Mobile – ($0.99) Quick & easy creativity on the go. If you like to sketch and doodle, then you’ll love Sketchbook.

Catch Notes – (Free) Create text or voice notes and attach photos, barcodes and geotags. Sync and save your notes on the Web through Set reminders on notes; pin them to your home screen. Protect your notes with passcode lock. Share notes via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter

Quickoffice Pro – ($9.99) Create, view, and edit Microsoft Office files on the go.

Documents to Go Full Version – ($14.99) Create, view, and edit Microsoft Office files on the go.

ezPDF Reader – ($0.99)  Access your PDF documents wherever you are. Use Voice Reading to have documents read to you. Select Text Reflow, Fit to Text Column, or Change Reading Direction to ease reading. Play embedded video and audio, and access live hyperlinks. Copy and paste text in PDF view and bookmark as you go

Titanium Backup – ($5.99) Backup your data and your apps

3G Watchdog – (Free) Keep track of your 3G data to avoid overage fees.

Lookout Mobile Security – (Free) protect your phone from hackers and viruses.

Skype – (Free) Access your skype account from your Android operated phone.

I’m sure that there are many more that I’m missing, so feel free to add your own.

You can also see my articles: “Great Mac Gems for the Classroom” and “My Current Favorite iPad Educational Apps

7 thoughts on “The Best Android Apps for Education

  1. aorte004

    The IPhone is a great phone, no doubt about it, however, the revolution of android phones has such a potential that ignoring it would not be a smart choice. Let’s remember that the Google phones came out after the Iphone, now a days it is amazing how these phones are competing. Without mentioning how efficient is the Android OS platform that allows basically any company to install it in their computers and they run just great. I now that Apple dominate the market now, but I have a feeling that these is going to change in the near future. Again just look at Android potential.

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      My big complaints about Android is that their UI is still problematic and not friendly to those uncomfortable with ‘gadgetry’ and they still have viruses & other issues that come with the open platform (both good and bad). Still, they have immense potential and could easily take out the iPhone.

  2. Alejandro

    I is not the first time I talk with friends about the Android and I phone phones, and again I have concluded that Android are as user friendly as iphones. I it is matter of getting used to it. I remember the first time I used an Iphone I could not enter to the browser, or go back to the home screen, it was not even easy to send a text message. The other day someone told me how difficult it was for her to find notification panel for brightness, emails, date, etc.. I just showed the person once. His answer was now I know it is very convenient?
    About the viruses, people is mistaken about how secure Iphones are, if hackers want to get into the iphones they can do it. Open platform is your choice, you don’t trust an application, you don’t download it. The risk is yours.

    Have you heard about the issue that Ipads had with being able to locate people wherever they were. “Apple slammed over the iphone,Ipad locatoin tracking” just search.

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      OH yes, I’m familiar with the tracking scandal. Although I’m comfortable with many aspects of programing and computers, I still find the Android platform clunky. Yes, I can use it and figure it out pretty easily, but my friends and colleagues that are intimidated by tech are even more so by Android.
      I’m not saying that there aren’t aspects of it that aren’t better. I’m just saying that *right now* in my own opinion (which isn’t gospel), the iOS UI is a bit more intuitive and user friendly for the un-initiated. If I didn’t think that the Android was an important OS, I wouldn’t have written this article 😉

  3. Alejandro

    jennifer, I invite you to see my blog, and make a comment, I would appreciate it. Give me your opinion and make a comment about it:

    This is something I posted (just a piece)

    The education in The U.S is frequenly criticized by many
    that claim that it is failing in delivering the expected results. It is amazing
    to see how much more is spent in education in the US compared with Europe and
    Asian countries, and still see that the ranking of this country is far from the
    first place. So I ask myself what is causing such deficiency in education. What
    is missing in the system? It is difficult to actually define a single variable
    causing such deficiency; rather, I believe that there is a variety of factors
    that is affecting it.

    I would like to explain that it is not simple for me to criticize
    the education system in The U.S, because as an Immigrant I have been blessed to
    come to the this country and receive what I consider an excellent education. My
    case is the case of many people, that immigrated to this country and that saw
    that opportunity to obtain a career, and I did not hesitate to embrace the
    system, learn the language and continue to accomplish my academic goals. As a Hispanic,
    as a Latino, when I see the high number of high-school dropout among us, I feel
    first amazed, but later I am not sure if I understand why this is happening. However, the problem is also extended among other groups that are not necessarily among minorities, and that surprise me even more. Many Latino students face
    great socioeconomic problems that greatly affect their academic performance. But what is the problem among other groups?


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