Android #13: Free (mostly) and useful Android Apps for the younger learners

This is a quick overview of a few apps that apply to fine motor skills, oral skills, writing, reading and Visual Literacy /Visual Perception skills in very young learners. Fine Motor Skills http://www.android4schools.com/2013/10/02/school-writing-handwriting-lessons-on-android-tablets/ Create customized handwriting lessons. Like other Android apps designed to teach handwriting, School Writing has number, letter, and word tracing activities. Big Fat Canvas is a freedrawing app optimized for use ...

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Android #12: How to move Android Apps to an SDMicro card using APK downloader

Have you ever wondered how to easily share free apps with others in a way that the apps won’t take up a lot of space on a tablet?  This post highlights a great way to share your free apps without having to download them again. All you do is install them from the SD card on to your Android device using a special downloader called APK downloader (http://apk-dl.com/), and then share the SD card with someone else. When the app is to be used it is installed from the SD card. Step 1: Use your PC for thi...

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An Android collection of apps for the classroom shared via TeachThought and Listly

This is a post that I came across on TeachThought last night called ‘The Must-Have Educational Apps List For Android’ by Terry Heick. There was an option to embed the list on one’s own blog so I thought I would give this a try especially as there are so many teachers in South Africa that use Android Apps in the classroom. The Must-Have Educational Apps List For Android View more lists from Terry Heick ...

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An awesome Android (and iPad) app – Book Creator. A must for every mobile classroom. Try it…

Submitted by Fiona Beal  Book Creator has to be one of my favourite iPad apps. So when it was released as an ANDROID app as well I was absolutely thrilled! This is an app that is a must in every mobile device classroom. It allows creativity and collaboration. You can use text, video, photos, camera, sound, video camera and imported video. I have been researching some of the ways Book Creator can be used in the classroom and in this post I will outline them. With this Android app you can publish...

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Android #11: The wonderful e-book creator app, Book Creator, is now available on Android!

Submitted by Fiona Beal There was so much excitement on Twitter yesterday! Why? One of my favourite writing apps on the iPad is BookCreator and there were many tweets yesterday announcing that this app is now available for Android! The Book Creator blog made this exciting statement yesterday about the product,  ‘With over 4 million books made on the iPad with Book Creator, we’re very excited that from today anyone with an Android tablet can create, share and publish their own beautiful ebooks....

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Android #10: Get ‘Pocket’ to save sites for later offline/online reading

One of my favourite applications on my laptop is ‘Pocket’. With Pocket you can save articles, videos or pretty much anything into your ‘Pocket’ for reading later whether offline or online. You can save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite (it is integrated with 500+ apps). So, when I saw the app is available as an Android (and an iOS) app I thought this deserved a mention (and a download of course!) Pocket has won a couple of awards – Time’s ...

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Android #9: Download and use the Edmodo App for a unique classroom experience

It is a great idea to use a Learning Platform in your classroom. such as Edmodo or Obami. In this post we will look at Edmodo which has an Android App and is currently used by 30 million users around the world.  Edmodo is said to currently be the world’s largest K-12 social learning network. It is described as ‘learning made social’ www.edmodo.com What is Edmodo I have always described Edmodo as (and seen Edmodo described as) a Learning Management System (LMS) but a recent letter on the Edmo...

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Android #8: Get started with Class Dojo–a class motivational tool!

Unfortunately my Android tablet isn’t compatible with Class Dojo. Pity because this is a fantastic application for an elementary school teacher to use on his/her tablet. However I can still use the website version on my Android tablet. What is Class Dojo? Class Dojo is a free online tool which allows the class teacher to manage and record behaviour and provide instant feedback to the class. It encourages learners to take responsibility for their own behaviour, and puts the focus on positive inste...

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Android #7: Sign up for free cloud storage providers to allow more space on your tablet

One thing about owning a tablet is that the hard-drive is very small and not able to hold much. Also, if you have a class that is using Android tablets, you will need to be able to access their work.  Saving to online storage or to the ‘cloud’ as it is called is the best option. Cloud storage was once a confusing technology but it is slowly becoming the norm. Basically, cloud storage is a term used to describe services that back up your files to a remote server owned by the cloud storage provide...

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Android #6 Add a blogging platform app to your Android device

When you have a tablet such as an Android or an iPad, you can always access blogging platforms via the browser, but an app specially designed for the device works much better when it comes to speed, offline use, layout, functionality and focus.  There’s so much that students can do with a blog that it is really well-worth downloading the preferred app on to your device. WordPress on Android WordPress for Android puts the power of publishing in your hands, making it easy to create and consum...

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