After reading a few end-of-year wrapups, I realized that I’ve never done a roundup of useful Android apps for productivity and education. This is a list of the very best of the best apps I use on Android to stay productive, connected, and collaborative on the go.
This app supercharges Android’s sharing menu, letting you share links between several apps at a time and make custom groups of sharing apps.
Android is great, and it’s even better with a powerful launcher. Apex Pro and Nova Pro are two of the best, and Apex wins out with its great gestures for triggering all kinds of phone actions with just a swipe.
If you like extensions on your browser, you should check out Dolphin. Fast, secure, and full of swiping gestures and voice commands, Dolphin is great for those who want lots of custom options in their browsing.
DuckDuckGo Anonymous Search & Browse Free
If you ever worry about how much Google knows about you and your students, just know that DuckDuckGo is the search engine that doesn’t track you. Even if you just want to escape your filter bubble, DDG is a great way to see links that are not customized to your interests. Finally, DDG !Bang commands are an incredible tool for searching the sites you want quickly.
ES File Browser Free
Having a file manager is a great feature of Android that makes it feel more like a real computer, letting you find and manage your files and downloads. There are several great choices in the Play store, and ES File Browser is my favorite.
I love Evernote. You will too. This is the app.
Everything Home Launcher Free
Unlike Apex and Nova, Everything launcher is based around a search bar, intelligently searching and configuring your phone around whatever you want to find right now. Just type or say the name of the app, contact, site, or file you’re looking for, and Everything launcher serves it up to you. It’s not my main launcher, but it’s one I always keep installed to see how the beta progresses.
My favorite RSS reader. If you use RSS, Feedly is the best. Just check it out.
Flipboard formats your news feeds, Facebook, and Twitter updates into a gorgeous reading experience. It’s also become a great tool for creating curated “magazines” of content you find online. This is a great way for teachers to collect web materials into an attractive, readable interface.
Learnist is described as “Pinterest for education”. You can collect web materials into a beautiful “pinboard” for students to browse and explore.
Moon+ Reader is an open source eBook reader app that gives you tons of options over your reading experience. I love that it’s not tied to a merchant’s store (ahem, Kindle) and that I can customize it to the way I like to read.
Ovo Timer Free
A simple, attractive timer app with an intuitive interface. Awesome as a “teach timer” since it’s so easy to set the time.
Pocket (Formerly Read it Later) Free
A great way to save articles you want to read until you’re ready to read them. Formats articles beautifully for maximum readability.
The best podcatcher on Android by far. Beautiful, stable, and feature rich, don’t settle for less.
A nice free app for editing Microsoft Office documents and PDFs, then saving them to your Google Drive storage.
Another great thing about Android is the fact that you can replace the default keyboard. Swype and Swiftkey are two of the best replacement keyboards you can get, with excellent word prediction bordering on the psychic. The ability to “swype” or “flow” your finger over the keys instead of pecking each one has revolutionized the way I type on a screen and turns my tablet from a toy to a real workhorse.
I’ve gone on about Trello other places here on my blog. Suffice it to say that it’s a great project management/to do manager, and the Android app brings all that goodness to your mobile device.
Where would I be without WordPress? The world’s largest blogging platform makes up 19% of all of the pages on the internet for good reason– it’s a powerful and flexible tool for publishing any kind of content. The Android app is feature rich and makes posting content a breeze.
Google’s Lesser known tools that are AMAZING for education!
A “visual search engine”, Goggles lets you search Google with pictures you take. It can identify products, landmarks, and everyday objects to give you more information about them. It also works as a QR code reader for those scannable bar codes you see everywhere.
- Open this app.
- Point your phone at the sky.
- Be filled with childlike wonder as the stars and constellations dance across your screen.
The whole world. On your phone. What’s not to love?
This weird app lets you search your whole phone by drawing letters on the screen with your fingers. It’s surprisingly effective at pulling up contacts, songs, and apps quickly.
By the time this came out, I was already hopelessly devoted to Evernote. It fills the same niche, helping you capture and remember the little bits of information that float around your life. It’s also deeply integrated with Google Now, allowing you to capture voice notes and other thoughts effortlessly through Google tools.
An amazing reference for language learners, with the ability to translate spoken words, street signs, and text of all sizes.
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