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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.

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TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games

Book-and-game builder empowers creativity, boasts vast content library

Bottom line: With some patience and planning, this game maker can be a classroom game changer.

ScratchJr

Drag-and-drop programming is an effective intro for budding coders

Bottom line: With a little adult help, this is a great platform for getting kids into programming.

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

High-quality animated videos engage young kids in a variety of topics

Bottom line: Great videos, though kids' learning should be enhanced with interactive elements to encourage deeper, more active learning.

My First Classical Music App HD

Inviting, interactive app makes learning classical music fun

Bottom line: My First Classical Music App is a great interactive introduction to the Western classical music tradition.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal

Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents

Bottom line: Students can showcase their work in text, pictures, videos, and more.

VocabularySpellingCity

Subscription-based, student-facing app fine for independent practice

Bottom line: A potentially more engaging -- although uneven -- option for your students, if you've got a Premium membership.

Common Core Standards

Complete Common Core State Standards in convenient, searchable, free resource

Bottom line: Love 'em or hate 'em, this resource puts them at your fingertips.

Google Earth

Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications

Bottom line: Google Earth offers less functionality than the PC version but still thrills.

Nearpod

Interactive slide show tool engages students and promotes collaboration

Bottom line: This effective tool leverages the capabilities of 1-to-1 environments and brings slide shows into the 21st century.

Next Generation Science Standards

Free resource puts Next Generation Science Standards at your fingertips

Bottom line: Super-handy resource makes science standards easy to access anytime, anywhere.

Stick Pick

Differentiate, engage with assessment app aimed at higher-order skills

Bottom line: Useful reinvention of a classic means of encouraging student attention with the added bonus of support for higher-order thinking and response tracking.

Time Timer

Easily conceptualize, manage, and visualize time

Bottom line: Goes above and beyond standard timers to include handy customization and visual cues.

Slice Fractions: School Edition

Clever twist combines math instruction with engaging gameplay

Bottom line: A fun, innovative way to help kids build a strong conceptual understanding of fractions.

BrainPOP Featured Movie

Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in

Bottom line: These short videos are undeniably valuable as a teaching tool for elementary and middle school kids.

NASA App

Visually super NASA-backed treasure trove may overwhelm

Bottom line: A visually stunning way to get kids interested in science and space exploration.

Grammaropolis

Animated parts-of-speech app enlivens grammar lessons

Bottom line: It's a cute concept that makes sense out of sometimes hard-to-understand grammar concepts.

Dictionary.

Vast word reference features tons of content and word games

Bottom line: Powerful tool crammed full of games, classic reference information, and flexible controls.

Book Creator

Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia

Bottom line: Top-quality creation tool empowers kids of many ages to publish their own digital books.

DragonBox Elements

Innovative game-based approach to teaching geometry

Bottom line: Kids build fundamental geometry skills as they play, but connections to classroom math will require teacher support.

DragonBox Algebra 5+

Mesmerizing step-by-step puzzler sets the foundation for algebra

Bottom line: This innovative game-changer teaches algebra, changes the way kids learn it, and even changes how they feel about it.

Project Noah

Contribute kid research to stellar crowdsourced field guide

Bottom line: An outstanding resource that makes science relevant with lots of classroom potential.

World of Goo

Stellar physics builder with wiggly, animated goo balls

Bottom line: A fascinating fantasy world and constant puzzle challenge pull kids into learning about building structures and geometry.

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