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Best 1-to-1 Android Apps for Middle School

If you've got a middle school classroom full of Android devices -- whether they're tablets, smartphones, or even Chromebooks -- we've handpicked the best Android apps for learning in 1-to-1 classrooms. We've specifically curated apps that give you and your students bang-for-your-buck value. There's a set of productivity and creation apps that can be used all year long, as well as more robust content apps that help students build the skills and knowledge they need as they make their way to high school.

Content and Learning Apps

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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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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littleBits Invent Publisher: littleBits Electronics Inc.
Top-notch tool empowers kids to invent, build, and control wirelessly
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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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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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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Productivity, Creation, and Classroom Management Apps

Bloomz Publisher: Bloomz Inc
Full-featured parent-teacher communication platform
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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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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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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Recap: Video Response and Reflection for Education Publisher: Satarii Inc.
Video-reflection app puts new spin on formative assessment
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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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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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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Edublogs Publisher: Edublogs
Intuitive, safe tool lets students write for authentic audience
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
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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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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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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