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Best 1-to-1 Android Apps for Elementary School

These great Android apps aren't only high-quality; they're also hand-picked to give you the best bang for your buck. This list ranges from teacher tools and creative apps that can be used all year long to top-notch content for ELA, math, science, and social studies that will provide students with the foundational knowledge they need in the early grades.

TinyTap, make and play educational games and interactive lessons Publisher: TinyTap Ltd.
Book-and-game builder empowers creativity, boasts vast content library
Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Grades K-2
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week Publisher: BrainPOP
High-quality animated videos engage young kids in a variety of topics
Grades K-3
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
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My First Classical Music App HD Publisher: Naxos Digital Services Ltd.
Inviting, interactive app makes learning classical music fun
Grades K-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Seesaw: The Learning Journal Publisher: Seesaw, Inc.
Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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Common Core Standards Publisher: MasteryConnect
Complete Common Core State Standards in convenient, searchable, free resource
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
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Google Earth
Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Nearpod Publisher: Nearpod, LLC
Interactive slide show tool engages students and promotes collaboration
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
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Next Generation Science Standards
Free resource puts Next Generation Science Standards at your fingertips
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
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Stick Pick Publisher: Buzz Garwood
Differentiate, engage with assessment app aimed at higher-order skills
Grades K-12
Type App
Price $2.99-3.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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Time Timer Publisher: Time Timer LLC
Easily conceptualize, manage, and visualize time
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price $2.99-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Slice Fractions Publisher: Ululab Inc.
Clever twist combines math instruction with engaging gameplay
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $5.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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BrainPOP Featured Movie Publisher: BrainPOP
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
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NASA App Publisher: NASA Ames Research Center
Visually super NASA-backed treasure trove may overwhelm
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Grammaropolis Publisher: Grammaropolis
Animated parts-of-speech app enlivens grammar lessons
Grades 2-10
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
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The Free Dictionary by Farlex Publisher: Farlex, Inc.
Vast word reference features tons of content and word games
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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Book Creator Publisher: Red Jumper Studio
Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $2.49-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad
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DragonBox Elements Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Innovative game-based approach to teaching geometry
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $5.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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DragonBox Algebra 5+ Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Mesmerizing step-by-step puzzler sets the foundation for algebra
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Project Noah Publisher: Networked Organisms
Contribute kid research to stellar crowdsourced field guide
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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World of Goo Publisher: 2D BOY
Stellar physics builder with wiggly, animated goo balls
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $2.99-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Nook HD, Apps for Windows
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