The Best Free Android Apps for your Classroom

By Alex Marketing for iBallz on April 23, 2013   /   50languages android android tablet andromedia anydo Apple vs Android apps 4 kids apps for kids Apps in the classroom audioboo big fat canvas classroom apps Color Note Drop Box Ed tech edmodo Education Apps eduport Evernote Free Apps google docs google maps google nexus 7 how to draw mindjet minus mobile learning one note samsung galaxy skitch socratica sync space Tablet tablets in the classroom take a talk top free android apps tweetdeck vocalyze wave recorder web talks wifi file transer    /   0 Comments

 

Recently deployed Android tablets in your classroom?

Here at iBallz our universal nature lets us bridge the gap between Android and Apple - we fit on both!  We know many of our readers use Android tablets in their classroom, so when we found this awesome resource of great free educational apps for teachers and students (http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/02/list-of-great-free-educational-android.html), we just had to share.  

This is a well curated list of "must haves" for any teacher with an android.  Each slide describes one of these most loved apps and includes a screens shot and links for download and to a longer review.  The apps featured are:

1) Evernote - Allows users to organize photos, to do lists, web pages, notes and reminders into searchable notebooks
2) Dropbox - shareable cloud file storage
3) Color Note - Notetaking app that looks like colored stickie notes
4) Edmodo - Allows educators to create a facebook like environment for just a specified group or class
5) Vocalyze - Provides written web content in an audio format
6) Google Maps - Like the web version, you can navigate and find places all over the world
7) Tweetdeck - Twitter organizer
8) Sync Space - A whiteboard app that creates documents and drawings
9) Skitch - Great for annotating pictures
10) Audioboo - Record audio clips and share them with others
11) Apps 4 Kids - Provides kid safe apps
12) Socratica - a web service that provides a wide range of educational apps covering everything from Greek mythology to arithmetic
13) Take a Talk - Another great audio recording app
14) 50Languages - One of the best apps for students learning new languages
15) Wave Recorder - a more robust voice recording app
16) AndroMedia - Easy to use video editing
17) How to Draw - An app for practicing drawing
18) Web Talks - Reads RSS feeds out loud
19) Minus - Allows users to upload and share files between android devices and computers
20) Big Fat Canvas - a great drawing app
21) WiFi File Transfer - allows users to transfer files to anything else on the wifi network
22) AnyDo - Dictate your to do list into your phone
23) Mindjet - An app used to create mind maps and diagrams
24) EduPort - Connects you to a library of educational videos
25) One Note - Great for taking notes quickly on the go
26) Google Docs - Create, edit, upload, and share documents and files

Are you using these top free Android apps in your classroom?  Let us know which are your favorite in the comments below!

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Is an iPad or an Android Tablet Best for Your Classroom?

By Alex Marketing for iBallz on April 17, 2013   /   Android Apple Apple vs Android Blackberry Drop Protection Educators Free Apps Google Nexus iBallz iFan iPad iPad Deployment Microsoft Tablet Tablet Drop Protection Tablets in the classroom universal USA Today    /   0 Comments

 

Here at iBallz we're huge iPad fans - after all we thought up our legendary drop protection on the day the iPad was announced!  Check out our posts on iPad Deployment and a list of free iPad apps for educators earlier on our blog.

Despite being inspired by the birth of the iPad, we certainly don't play favorites - after all we fit on almost any tablet on the market, be it iPad, Android, Blackberry or Microsoft - you name it!  Not sure whether Apple or Android is right for you?  Check out this informative rundown of the differences between the two in this article by USA Today Educate aimed at students: http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/opinion/opinion-which-works-best-for-students-apple-or-android-tablets

Already made up your mind?  Are you an iFan or an Android devotee?  Let us know in the comments below!


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