When looking for free educational apps, Android users are often left out as lists are overwhelmingly for Apple products. If you are lucky enough to have an Android tablet device in your classroom, never fear – there are plenty of free and educational apps for you to download. Below are 10 apps you might want to check out. On an Apple device? Check out this list or this one instead.
Educational Android Apps for Kids*
Duolingo is a great app for learning a new language. Use it with your ESL/ELL students or as an enrichment activity for early finishers.
2. Math Practice Flash Cards
Break out the tablets during math centers and let students practice the math skills. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division can all be reviewed with this free app.
3. Star Chart
Calling all science lovers! Star Chart is a great educational app for students to use while exploring astronomy.
4. Spelling City
Spelling and vocabulary practice is made easy with the free Spelling City app for Android devices. Use it during Daily 5, centers, or as a supplemental activity for students who need additional practice.
5. BrainPOP Featured Movie
BrainPOP’s free Android app features a daily movie that comes with a comprehension quiz. The topics range from science to social studies, math to music, and more. Be sure to preview the movie of the day to make sure it is appropriate for the grade level you teach before sharing it with your students. There is also the BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Day that is geared toward lower elementary grades, as well.
Get a handle on behavior and classroom management with the ClassDojo Android app. Make instant updates to points with a simple touch on your tablet.
Students can create, edit, and send notes to the teacher to respond to a required reading passage. A great way to save and create student-generated content and authentic assessments.
8. Jigsaw Puzzle – Horse
Encourage students to develop their spatial skills with puzzles that can be used in the classroom. Complete a picture and write a caption about it in Evernote or in a notebook to extend the learning.
9. Kids Reading (Preschool) Free
Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, ESL/ELLs, or struggling readers, the Kids Reading (Preschool) Free Android app encourages spelling, reading, and blending of basic words. There is a paid upgrade available, but the free version can be a nice addition for the classroom.
Recommended by Really Good Teacher Pat Melvin, the Dictionary.com app encourages students to explore words and their meanings. It is a great app to have available during writing centers or independent reading time when students may have questions about words they do not know.
*All apps were current and free at the time of article publication.
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