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Best 1-to-1 Android Apps for High School

Looking for the perfect high school apps for Android tablets, smartphones, or maybe even Chromebooks? Take it from us: it's not easy. The Android marketplace is overflowing with options. In this list we've narrowed things down for you, targeting highly useful and flexible apps that are up to the challenge of a high school classroom. These apps are both high quality, and designed to give you the best bang for your buck, so they're well-suited to pre-loading on devices in a 1-to-1 classroom. You'll notice the tool on this list are also, with a few exceptions, not content-focused. Instead, they're what upper-grade students need to demonstrate knowledge and gain new skills no matter the content area. 

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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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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Sketchbook Express Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Creation tools hook kids, connect them with global community of artists
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
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AndroVid Video Editor Publisher: zeoxy
Versatile must-have creation tool for classrooms using Android devices
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, Kindle Fire
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Google Maps Publisher: Google
Cool extras bolster top navigation app
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Evernote Publisher: Evernote
Impressive organizational tool has limitless uses
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Microsoft OneNote Publisher: Microsoft
Mobile version of a note-taking giant, now built for flexible, collaborative work
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps, Fire phone
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Quizlet Publisher: Quizlet LLC
App to find, create, use digital flashcards; website is better
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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Science Journal Publisher: Marketing @ Google
Turn your Android into a lab sensor to collect and analyze data
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Skitch Publisher: Evernote
Add a hint of fun to note-taking or annotating images
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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Animoto Video Slideshow Maker Publisher: Animoto Inc.
Slick video slide-show tool lets kids tell stories and share them
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
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Autodesk Sketchbook Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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News360 Publisher: News360 Inc.
Customizable reader has top-notch features, but beware of iffy content
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Fire phone
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Instructables Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Slick DIY app with projects that have classroom potential
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Cogent Education Publisher: IS3D, LLC
Think like a scientist: Solve biology case studies
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $29.99 Per Case, Per Class, Per Year
Platforms Android, iPad, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
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Google Drive Visit Website: https://drive.google.com/
Nifty tool for collaboratively editing docs and syncing files across devices or online
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Mindomo (mind mapping) Publisher: Expert Software Applications Srl
Organize ideas with cool mind-mapping tool; beware design flaws
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad
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NPR News Publisher: NPR
Top-notch digital content takes students beyond the airwaves
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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WordPress Publisher: Automattic
Inviting, customizable mobile blog platform with easy-to-use interface
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome, Fire phone
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My Study Life Publisher: My Study Life, Ltd.
Organizational tool makes managing complex schedules a cinch
Grades 10-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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