Showing posts with label android apps for students. Show all posts
Showing posts with label android apps for students. Show all posts

Thursday, November 17, 2016

EDpuzzle Offers an Android App for Students

Thanks to David Kapuler I have just learned that EDpuzzle now offers an Android app for students. The EDpuzzle Android app lets students join your EDpuzzle classroom, find assignments, watch videos, and answer the questions that you have added into videos in your EDpuzzle classroom. Students who have more than one teacher using EDpuzzle can join and receive updates from multiple courses within the app.

At this time the EDpuzzle Android app is only available in a student version. According to their description on the Google Play Store, a version for teachers is on its way.

For folks who are not familiar with EDpuzzle it is a service that lets you create video-based lessons by adding multiple choice, true/false, and open response questions to videos that you have created as well as to videos you find on YouTube. One of the great features of EDpuzzle is that you can require students to answer a question in a video before being allowed to proceed to the next part of the video. In the videos embedded below I demonstrate how to use the main features of EDpuzzle including how to integrate EDpuzzle into your Google Classroom.




EDpuzzle also offers an iOS app and a Chrome app.

Friday, January 23, 2015

MyStudyLife - A Student Planner for All Platforms

About eighteen months ago I wrote about a nice planner app for students called MyStudyLife. At the time MyStudyLife was only available as a Windows 8 app and as a web app. This afternoon at BETT 2015 I met the lead developer of MyStudyLife and learned that the service is now available on iOS and Android too.

My Study Life allows students to organize tasks according to their course schedules. When students start using the app they have to enter their courses. After entering their courses into My Study Life students can start to enter tasks into each course. Each task is assigned a due date. Students' My Study Life homepage shows them the tasks that have due dates approaching.

Applications for Education
Whether or not a planner helps a student is usually determined by whether or not the student gets in the habit of using it. My Study Life could be an excellent service for students to get into the habit of using to keep track of their assignments.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Clarisketch - Take a Picture, Talk, and Draw

Cross-post from one of my other blogs, Android4Schools.com

Clarisketch is a free Android app that has great potential for classroom use. The app allows you to take a picture or pull one from your device's camera roll then add your voice to it. While you are talking about your picture you can draw on it to highlight sections of it. Completed projects are shared as links to the video file hosted on Clarisketch. You can share the link to your Clarisketch video and have it play on nearly any device that has a web browser. See my sample here.

Applications for Education
Clarisketch could be a great app for teachers to use to create short tutorials. Students could use the app to create short stories about their pictures. You could also have students use Clarisketch to explain things like how to solve a math problem or the significance of a place featured on a map.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

MIT App Inventor 2 - Design Android Apps in Your Browser

This morning I went to use the MIT App Inventor for the first time in a couple of weeks and discovered that MIT App Inventor 2 is now available to anyone who has a Google Account. MIT App Inventor 2 works just like the first version except version 2 runs entirely in your browser (Chrome or Firefox, IE is not supported). I immediately went to my Chromebook just to confirm that MIT App Inventor would run correctly on it, and it does.

The only download that is required for App Inventor 2 is the optional emulator. The emulator allows people who don't have Android devices to text their apps on their desktops. If you have an Android device then the emulator is not required and you don't need to worry about installing it.

Applications for Education
If you would like to introduce your students to programming real-world applications, the MIT App Inventor is a fantastic tool. App Inventor does not require you to have any prior coding or app development skill in order to create a working Android app. MIT provides excellent support documentation and curriculum for classroom use for new users of App Inventor.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Google Unveils Google Play for Education

Back in May Google teased us with a preview of Google Play for Education. Today, Google Play for Education went live for K-12 schools in the United States. Google Play for Education features curated collections of apps, books, and videos appropriate for students. The collections can be searched by grade, subject, and Common Core standard.

Google Play for Education offers more than curated collections of apps, videos, and books. Google Play for Education will allow administrators to distribute apps to students' devices. Volume purchasing of apps including via purchase order is available through Google Play for Education.

Two of Google's Google Play for Education demo videos are embedded below.



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Friday, December 28, 2012

10 Awesome Android Uses and Apps in Education

This week I'm taking a few days off to ski, play with my dogs, visit with friends and family, and generally recharge my batteries. If you're on vacation this week too, I hope that you're having a great vacation. While I'm away I'm rerunning the most popular posts of the year. The selections are based on pageviews during 2012.

This morning I gave a short presentation on Android apps for education. The slides for that presentation are embedded below.

Friday, October 5, 2012

10 Awesome Android Uses

10 Awesome Android Uses is a presentation that I gave last spring at the NCTIES conference (North Carolina readers, I'll be back again in 2013). Back then I posted the slides on my other blog Android 4 Schools. Recently, a reader pointed out to me that the slides I posted had a broken link so I fixed it and also updated the slides a bit. I've included those slides below.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

7 Mobile Apps Students Can Use to Never Lose Handwritten Notes Again

A couple of weeks ago on my Android blog I wrote about using the Google Drive app to create digital archives of handwritten notes. That post was prompted by a conversation that I had with a young lady entering her senior year at a high school in Rockingham County, North Carolina. That young lady explained to me that she preferred the act of handwriting her notes and outlines to typing them out on a keyboard. In a lot of ways I agreed with her because when I plan my keynote talks I always use pencil and scratch paper before creating and arranging slides. Try one or all of these seven apps ff you have students that prefer to handwrite their notes or if you prefer to handwrite your notes, but you're worried about those notes getting lost.

InClass is a free iPhone and iPad app that could be a very useful tool for students carrying those devices. InClass provides students with tools for taking text, audio, and video notes. Students can also use the app to take pictures of hand-outs, slides, and other valuable information that they see in class.
SugarSync is a cloud storage service that offers apps for iOS and Android. Using the apps you can take pictures of anything including those handwritten notes and upload them to your account. SugarSync synchronizes your files across all of your devices so that you can access your files anytime you are connected to the web.

Evernote is the service that I've been to store all of my bookmarks for the last year. I also use Evernote to create notes for myself. Sometimes I type the notes, sometimes I dictate notes into Evernote, and sometimes I just snap a picture and upload it to my account. Whichever method I choose, my notes are synched across all of my devices whenever they connect to the Internet. Evernote has apps for iOS and Android.

Skitch, which was bought by Evernote late last year, is designed for creating sketches and marking-up images. Using Skitch students can snap a picture of outlines they wrote by hand then circle or highlight the most important aspects. Skitch is available for iPad and Android.

With Google Drive installed on an Android device students can take a picture of anything and instantly upload it to their Google Drive accounts. Once the image is uploaded it can be accessed from any Internet-connected device.  Students  can write and highlight in their notebooks, but can also back-up those physical notebooks and access them online when they need to.

Dropbox is a cloud storage service that I've written about a handful of times in the past because for two years I used it in conjunction with DropItToMe to collect my students' work. Dropbox for Android and iOS has an auto-upload feature that you could use to upload images of handwritten notes.


Box, like its similarly named competitor above, is an online storage service that you can use to store, sync, and share all kinds of files. The Box mobile apps are available for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. The mobile apps have an image import option that you could use to upload images of hand-outs and notes. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

93 Android Apps for Teachers to Try This Summer

Cross-posted from my other blog, Android4Schools.com

In my part of the world many school years won't start again until the day after Labor Day. As I write this, Wolfram Alpha tells me that day is 93 days away. Therefore, I decided to select 93 apps that teachers may be interested in trying this summer. I divided the list into sections for pre-K, elementary school, middle school, high school, and apps for all. Some of the apps could have been put into one than more category so even if you teach middle school you'll want to look at the elementary school and high school categories for apps that your students could probably use too.

Friday, March 16, 2012

WeVideo Now Offers an Android App for Collaborative Video Creation

WeVideo is a collaborative, online video creation and editing tool that I've been quite excited about since last fall. In January they left beta and opened to the whole world. Their latest update was the launch of a free Android app.

The WeVideo Android app will allow you to capture images and videos then quickly add them to collaborative video projects in WeVideo. Before you upload your videos with the app you can trim them to save editing time when you're using WeVideo on the web. And just like when you use the web version of WeVideo, you can invite other WeVideo users to view your media and contribute to your projects.

While using the WeVideo online editor you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and or sound of each element you add to your video project. What makes WeVideo collaborative is that you can invite other people to create and edit with you.

Applications for Education
The WeVideo Android app could be a great application for students to use when working on video projects for your course. By using the app students working on group video projects can capture and share media for that project quickly and easily whenever they see something that can enhance their videos.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Google Earth Gallery Now Available on iPads & Android Tablets

Yesterday the Google announced some nice updates to the Google Earth app for iOS and Android. For schools using iPads or Android tablets in their classrooms, the most significant update is access to the Google Earth Gallery. Along with access to the Google Earth Gallery came support for viewing KML files on your iPad or Android device. Now you can browse the gallery of public KML files and open them on your favorite iOS or Android device.

Android users will now be able to capture a screenshot of the Google Earth map you're viewing and share it via Google+, Gmail, and other social networks.

Applications for Education
As mentioned above, for schools using such devices, being able to browse and open KML files on iPads and Android tablets is a great enhancement to the Google Earth mobile app. The screenshot option on Android devices could also be a great feature for teachers who want to share a specific view with all of their students.

H/T to the Google Earth Blog

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Save Meeting - Audio Recordings and Transcriptions of Meetings

Save Meeting is a meeting recording app for iOS and Android devices. The app allows you to record the audio of your meetings, transcribe the audio, and share the recordings and transcriptions with others. The transcription options that I tried were somewhat limited (30 seconds of automatic transcription and 5 minutes of manual transcription) but should be sufficient for recording quick notes during a meeting. Save Meeting uses a freemium pricing model. At the free level you can save up to 1,000 minutes of audio.

The video below contains a short overview of Save Meeting.

SaveMeeting presentation from SaveMeeting on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Save Meeting could be a good app for students to use to make quick reminder notes for themselves. The app could also be used by students who are conducting interviews that they are going write about at a later time.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

29 Days of Android Apps for Teachers and Students

As you may know, in December I started a blog about Android apps for schools. Today, because it is February 1st I decided to put together a list of 29 of my favorite apps that I think educators and students should try over the next month. The list is embedded below as a Google Docs presentation.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Android 4 Schools - My New Blog

From the shameless promotion department:


As some of you know, I have started a second blog titled Android 4 Schools. I started it because I saw a need for a blog dedicated to discovering and sharing Android apps and devices that could be helpful to students, teachers, and school administrators. The posts won't be as frequent as they are here on Free Technology for Teachers, but there will be at least one new post per day.

After the New Year some posts on Android 4 Schools will be written by my brother Stephen Byrne who has just finished his course work for his M. Ed and is now slowly dipping his toes into the social media world.

If you're interested, you can subscribe to the Android 4 Schools RSS feed here and like the Android 4 Schools Facebook page here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Any.DO - Make Things Happen With Collaborative Task Management

Any.DO is a free Android App (iPhone version coming soon) for creating to-do lists and sharing them with your friends and colleagues. On Any.DO you can type out a list of tasks or enter tasks by speaking into your phone. Once you've entered your task you can assign it to a day and time for completion. After assigning a completion deadline you can share that task with anyone in your contacts list even if she doesn't have the Any.DO app installed on her phone.

Any.DO also gives you the option to attach notes to your tasks, set reminders for your tasks, and put notes into folders that you've created. For example, if I have notes of a personal nature like my grocery shopping list I can put that list into my "personal" folder instead of my "work" folder. And unlike some free Android apps, in my testing of the app Any.DO didn't appear to insert ads into my notes.

Applications for Education
Any.DO could be a great Android app for students to use to keep track of assignments and due dates. I like the option to add notes through voice messages instead of typing them out. One of the impediments for some students to successful use of task management tools is taking the time to write down the tasks they need to do. By using the voice recorder that impediment is removed.