Cool Free Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet

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Name of App.DescriptionType of App.Category of app.Free? This often changes, so edit this as needed.Link to the app.?Sample made or screenshot of icon?
Name of App.DescriptionType of App.Category of app.Free? This often changes, so edit this as needed.Link to the app.?Sample made or screenshot of icon?
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50 States Tool for learning about the states Android Education Yes 50 States in the Android Marketplace  
Adobe Connect for Mobile for video conferencing/webinars/real-time collaboration iOS and Android Education Yes Adobe Connect in the Android Marketplace  
Adobe Photoshop Express Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Access them all on Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects. Access all your photos and videos directly from your free account. Quickly share with family and friends. Requires SD card.  Android Education Yes Android Market Web page Photoshop Express Screen Shots 
Androidify Make a cute customized android avatar; share easily Android Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Nicole's Sample Android Avatar 
Android Prompter This is a free teleprompter which works well on tablets. make sure to choose only .txt files This can be helpful for students who are doing skits. they do less reading off of a paper script. they can just email it to you in the correct form or you can convert it. Android Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Android Prompter  
aSpeechLite (Real Time Translator Free) Translates your English speech to 1. German 2. Spanish 3. French 4. Italian Voices. (The App speaks back the translated audio in selected language) This is very handy while you do not know such language and try to communicate with those country people. Android Education Yes App Webpage aSpeechLite app screen shots 
Audio Boo mobile and web app. that allows you to record audio and share easily.  iOS and Android Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Audio Boo Sample made on an iPhone 
Box File sharing for Android; Reports of crashing on the Xoom? Android Education Yes Box App in the Android Marketplace  
Camera Advance Lite Camera Advance Lite is a full featured photo camera app. Camera features: - Timer - Burst photo capture - Reduced noise by capturing multiple photos (a.k.a tripod mode) - Panorama mode produces a wide angle shot from 3 photos (different than 360 panoramas, ) - Zoom - Exposure Compensation - Live camera histogram (best on Android 2.2 and up) - AND MORE Android Education Yes Android Market App Web page Camera Advance Lite App screen shots 
c:geo Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices Android Social Networking Yes Andriod Market link  
Clear Record Lite Noise Free Recorder with Play Speed Control ClearRecord brings the unique feature of suppressing Ambient Noise, (like a classroom) inadvertently captured while recording. ClearRecord also features the ability to control play-speed without modifying pitch quality and background recording. Android Education Yes Andriod Market App page Clear Record App Screens 
Color Touch Effects The app will apply selective color effects on your photos (black and white mixed with color) and also allows you to make titles and captions for your photos. Great way to use photos for digital storytelling. Android Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes  
Decolorizer Selective coloring; turn a photo black and white except for one color iOS Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Decolorizer iTunes Preview Flashcards Flashcards with english words and definitions organized in "stacks" such as: Most commonly misspelled words, SAT English, Irony and related concepts, Twelve absolutely ridiculous words. Great tool for building vocabulary and improving spelling. Categories such as SAT and Irony and related concepts are great study tools for the SAT. Android Education Yes Flashcards: in the Android MarketPlace  
Documents to Go 3.0 Main App View Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint Files - All in 1 App! FREE! View native Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and attachments with Documents To Go Main App. Supported file formats include .doc,. docx,. xls,. xlsx,. ppt,. pptx. Android Education Yes Android Market link Documents To GO 3.0 App Icon 
Doodle Buddy Kid-friendly digital doodling with fun stamps and sound-effects iOS Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes iTunes Preview of Doodle Buddy Sample drawing by a 3 year old 
Dragon Dictation Dictate voice messages to be converted to text iOS Productivity Yes iTunes Preview Screenshot of a dictation sample 
Dropbox Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website! Once you have a Dropbox account, you can add the Drip-it-to-me feature. THis will make it convenient for your students to upload large multimedia files directlyinto your dropbox. 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available. Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website. Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection. You will need to register and download DROPbox then register for I have received very positive feedback from students who have begun to use this method of turning in work. Think of the DROPbox as a folder on your computer’s hard drive. The difference with this folder is that you can access the information from any internet device. My Smartphone has an application where I can access anything in my DROPbox account. By integrating I receive a personalized URL. I can post or link this URL to my classroom website; all students need to do to turn in their work is enter a secure password and press login. Then they select the file to upload, I receive an email that tells me a new file has been uploaded. I also have the file in my dropbox folder. Now I am able to evaluate the student’s work. This saves time, paper, and other resources. A real great advantage is collecting work from outside my room. If a student has work at home or another computer in the school, they access my site, upload their file and then I have it immediately. I am attaching a video that will show you how to set up your account.  iOS and Android Education Yes Dropbox in the Android Marketplace Screenshot 
Dropbox File sharing, cloud storage for all of your files iOS and Android Productivity Yes Dropbox in Android Market Place  
Edmodo Mobile Edmodo for the Android makes it easy for teachers and students to stay connected and share information. This app allows easier and quicker access to Edmodo via your cell phone. The mobile interface allows you to send notes, post replies, and check messages and upcoming events while away from the classroom. This App allows the user to take advantage of the 3/4G communications technologies with fast, multimedia access combined with the social networking value of Facebook – all designed for the classroom. This app provides the opportunity to learn and teach everywhere and stay connected with your classroom. If your student’s have access to a mobile device, here are a few ideas for how you can integrate Edmodo into your mobile learning initiatives: 1. Bring Edmodo on your next field trip Give your students an interactive experience on your next field trip with Edmodo. Divide students into small groups, ensuring at least one cell phone is available in each group. As students wander through the museum or landmark (i.e. wherever your field trip takes place), post scavenger hunt questions, polls, or writing prompts through the Edmodo mobile app. Students can respond, or ask questions of their own. 2. Provide homework support Provide your students with extra support by making yourself available to answer homework questions after school hours. Allow students to direct message you, or post questions to the group during specific hours. If you have alerts setup for messages, you’ll immediately be alerted to new questions and you can respond from your mobile device. 3. Check in with your class while you’re out If you’re planning to be out of the classroom for any period of time, use the Edmodo app to keep in contact with your students. Schedule morning check-ins with the class and have students answer questions about their learning. You can also respond to questions from students if needed.  Android Education Yes Edmodo Mobile in the AndroidMarketplace Screenshot 
Evernote Organization tool; Take notes, pics, create to-do lists, record voice memos, and search on the go. iOS and Android Productivity Yes Link to Evernote in the Android Market  
Formulas Lite A must have App for all students. Formulas Lite is a simple, easy to use application which helps you to refer collection of most important formulas of maths, physics & chemistry. - Scientific Calculator - Interesting Facts - Translator Android Education Yes Andriod Market App page App screen shots 
Function Inspector (Lite) Similar to a graphing Calculator, Function Inspector allows you to plot functions and then determine graph attributes like roots, trace the graph to find values, or create a table. An Algebra course could certainly use this app to explore graphs and behaviors of functions. While many of the more powerful capabilities (extrema, intersections, creating a table of slope values) are disabled in this free version, the ability to physically interact with the graph itself is valuable. Also, the app automatically graphs whatever piece of the equation has been entered already, allowing students to see the effect of changes in the equation in real time (an improvement over the graphing calculator). It also has a built-in screen shot option, although there is an annoying "created by Function Inspector" graphic on it. Android Education Yes Funtion Inspector(Lite) in Android Marketplace Function Inspector Lite Screenshot 
Fun Math Tricks Lite Great tricks for mental math Android Productivity Yes Fun Math Tricks Lite in Android Marketplace  
Google Earth Explore the world with this app. iOS and Android Education Yes Google Earth in the Android Market Place  
Google Voice Use Google Voice for free text messaging, or free phone calls across the country. It is also very cheap to use Google Voice for international calls. Great way to encourage collaboration amongst students, and even internationally! It is really great if needed to communicate with someone in another country who doesn't have internet, and while making calls on your mobile phone, you don't use your minutes.  iOS and Android Productivity Yes Google Voice in the Android MarketPlace / 
Groove Maker Free Mutli-touch groove and and beat remix app iOS Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Groovemaker Home  
History Pin Discover windows into the past by seeing and interacting with the history all around you. The official Historypin app reveals photos near your current location and allows you to view them layered over the modern scene in front of you. You can also explore Collections of some of the best old photos from around the world, wherever you are. You can add your own piece of history and pin it to the map, too, by using your phone to digitise an old photo, capture a modern moment of historic importance, or take a modern replica of a photo on the app. This is a great way to mix geography and history together. (location-based digital storytelling) Kids can explore their surroundings, and see what actually was there before them as they are standing on the spot. A much more engaging way to learn history. Love that it also encourages user-generator content and is a means of building community. (Also a web app.) iOS and Android Education Yes Android or iOS Links History Pin on the web 
Instagram Share your photos in a simple photo stream; add cool filters and effects; ability to add to a map iOS Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes iTunes Preview Nicole's Instagram feed on Gramfeed 
Intro to Geocaching Free version of an app that allows you to turn your iPhone into a GPS and navigate to hidden geocaches; paid versions also available for Android phones and iPhones iOS Social Networking Yes Intro to Geocaching iTunes Preview  
Kindle The Kindle app enables you to read books online from your Amazon account. You can build your bookshelf, search within a book using voice, highlight and more. There is also a lovely feature to adjust the dimming when using outside. In the classroom, consider digital copies of required readings classroom libraries of high interest reading reading circles metacognitive reading activities using the highlighting features iOS and Android Education Yes Kindle app in the Android Marketplace / 
Little Photo Creative photo editing with lots of filters and effects to choose from; Can be used for digital storytelling projects Android Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Link to "Little Photo" in the Android Market  
Meteor Shower Calendar Displays a calendar of upcoming meteor showers and dates Android Education Yes Link in Android Marketplace  
NASA Educational application about the National Aeronautic and Space Administration; This app is a great source of information about NASA which includes descriptions of NASA missions, videos, tweets, news and features and NASA TV. Students could use this app to look up NASA missions, access missions and images and information, view videos and access NASA tweets. The app is well organized and has a great graphic interface which would engage students. This app is appropriate for ages 7 to infinity and beyond. iOS and Android Education Yes Link in the Android MarketPlace  
Optical Illusions This shows many optical illusions. ie. rabbit or duck. I will use this in my video production/photography class to show students that there is more than one way to see something Android Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Optical Illusions in the Android Marketplace  
Paint Joy Kid-friendly doodling; also plays back digital drawings as a movie Android Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Link to app in Android Market My 4 year old's sample drawing of a train 
Periodic Table Learn the periodic table of elements with Socratica. Over 30 facts about each element for reference. Audio clips to help with pronunciation. Test yourself with quiz mode. Find elements by table, search or index. Android Education Yes Android Market App page App Screen Shots 
PhotoFunia Fun photo effects Android Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Link to PhotoFunia in the Android Marketplace  
PIxloromatic Add fun retro effects to your photos easily; Great for use in digital storytelling projects.  iOS and Android Education Yes Link to Pixlormatic in the Android MarketPlace  
QR Droid Scan any QR code from your device's camera Android Productivity Yes QR Droid in the Android Marketplace  
Ransom Notes time-saver for the busy kidnapper or a way to encourage creativity and writing. This is also a free web app. Android Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Ransom Notes in the Android Market Sample Ransom Note 
Refrigerator Poetry It's an app that simulates magnetic poetry. Easy and fun! Android Media Creation (photo/video/audio/art Yes Refrigerator Poetry in the Android MarketPlace / 
Science Facts Contains thousands of science related facts. (Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Biology, Inventions ...) Android Education Yes Andriod Market link Science Facts App icon 
Skype text, talk, or video conference from your phone, tablet, or computer iOS and Android Social Networking Yes Skype in the Android Marketplace  
Slice it! Brain-game, puzzle that involves critical thinking mixed with Geometry skills. Great way to motivate kids to learn geometry, and could be used for a sponge activity or math center game.  iOS and Android Games Yes Slice it! in the Android Marketplace / 
Team Viewer Remotely control your computer from your device when you are on the road Android Productivity Yes Team Viewer in the Android Marketplace  
TED Mobile Watch Ted talks from your device iOS and Android Education Yes TED Mobile in Android MarketPlace  
Text Free with Voice Unlimited texting and free picture messaging; Get your own free phone number, and also receive free phone calls; no data plan needed iOS Productivity Yes Text Free with Voice iTunes Preview  
Tour Wrist Travel remotely iOS Education Yes ITunes Preview  
Tricorder Star trek based scanning device Android Education Yes Android Market Screen shot 
Twitter Micro-blogging; Real-time news, and social networking from your device iOS and Android Social Networking Yes Twitter app in the Android Marketplace  
US Presidents This is a very simple app from SusaSoftX listing the presidents with some basic info. It's not tablet-optimized. The page for each president includes a link to a wiki page about the president. Teachers could ask students to use the info in the app and/or the wiki page to pick something they think is unusual about a given president or something done during his term and tie it to the activities of that time.  Android Education Yes Developer's Notes  
Virtual Recorder (andro iX) This app allows recording a sound file using the Xoom. One can e-mail the resulting wav file, loop for repeated playback, or even create a ringtone. Comes with ads in the free version. Convert the file to an MP3 using a separate free app called FreeMP3Droid. Use this to have students craft and record themselves reading, or to summarize projects, experiments, or readings. Android Education Yes Virtual Recorder on App Brain / 
Water Tacker Track river levels and set alerts. Never miss a day running the river again! Retrieve current data like water level, temperature, and stream flow from USGS servers for rivers, reservoirs, lakes and more. Features include ability to search by current location, user selected location, view graph of last 5 days activity, view data source on map, set alerts for any available condition. This application will work anywhere in the US. This application uses data from USGS servers. NOT ALL RIVERS LAKES or STREAMS will be listed. Only those that USGS monitors. Android Education Yes Andriod Market App page Water Tracker App screen shots 
WiFi Analy This app is designed to view available local networks and their relative strengths. It provides a very visual analysis of networks and their communicative ability. This app is more of a productivity tool but can be used in the realm of WiFi instruction. It's visual content is very easy to understand and comes in quite handy around the community. Android Productivity Yes WiFiAnaly in the Android Market  
Words with Friends Like Scrabble that you can play with others iOS and Android Education Yes Words with Friends in the Android Marketplace  
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