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Be a rock star educator with the best free Android apps for teachers

Become a technology all-star in your classroom with these excellent Android apps.

best android apps for teachers
Power your classroom with the right apps

Don't let those iPad-carrying teachers steal all the glory—Android tablets have plenty of power to help run your class. 

Whether it is creating engaging lessons, improving behavior, or managing the excessive amount of paperwork that comes with being a teacher, these apps will be a tremendous resource.

Many of these apps are ideal for 1:1 environments, where you can instantly get feedback and track assessment data from your students.

All of the featured apps are free in the Play Store and work across Android phones and tablets.

classdojo
ClassDojo

Managing student behavior can make or break the teaching experience. Make it fun with ClassDojo. You create a customizable avatar for students and then award or subtract points based on their in-class behavior. 

ClassDojo creates an easy-to-manage system for keeping parents updated with weekly email reports that feature bright, colorful charts to quantify how the little monsters are doing. 

ClassDojo has built two other apps aimed at deepening the connection with parents and students. ClassDojo Messenger is for instant messaging with parents while ClassDojo for Students lets the kids sign in to customize their avatar and check behavior points.

ClassDojo (free)

remind
Remind

Remind greatly eases communication with students and parents, as teachers can use the app to send mass messages. Remind is built for education, so the app focuses on privacy by not allowing the exchange of any numbers nor interaction between message recipients.

The Remind app has continued to evolve, recently adding the ability for parents or students to give instant feedback with a stamp. A teacher could post a question to the class and get answers right away, providing for a great way to check in-class understanding or poll parents after school.

Remind (free)

google drive android
Google Drive

If your school district uses Google Apps, then Drive can really extend your productivity from the desktop to mobile. Docs, Sheets, and Slides, while separate apps now, all connect to Drive for managing files and sharing them with colleagues. 

Slides is an expecially powerful tool for lessons, as you can swipe through slides from a tablet while presenting them through a connected computer and projector.

The Drive apps can make those shared projects with grade level or department colleagues significantly easier, as everyone can contribute in real-time without the need to email files back and forth.

Google Drive (free)

evernote
Evernote

Sometimes teaching is one of the things that teachers spend the least of their time doing—managing stacks of paper and details can eat up much of the day.

Conquer the digital clutter with Evernote. The app has a lot of resources for digitizing all the Post-it notes and scraps of paper you accumulate throughout the day.

Evernote's search function recognizes handwritten words and letters, which makes it far easier to find that phone number instead of sifting through a pile on your desk.

Evernote also offers several Android widget configurations and even Android Wear support, putting your list of notes front and center or giving one-touch access to specific functions.

Evernote (free)

common core
Common Core

Most states have moved their content standards to align with Common Core, which focuses on college and career readiness.

For some, the change may be quite the paradigm shift, as teachers must revamp much of their curriuclum to match the new standards. The Common Core app is a solid resource, as you can quickly browse by grade level and subjects to find the requisite standards. 

There isn't much beyond that core functionality, but it is an easy way to find specific standards by just firing up the app instead of scouring the web.

Common Core (free)

Plickers
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Plickers

Plickers is another good choice for instant feedback that does not require every student to have a device. With Plickers you just need your own phone or tablet and then print off a code for everyone in class.

After doing that you can create a poll with up to four choices. Students answer by turning their code in a specific direction. You just scan the room with your device's cameara until all the responses are registered.

Plickers (Free)

exitticket
ExitTicket

Making your class do an "exit ticket," whereby they must write down something they learned or enjoyed from the lesson, is a common teaching tool. Bring it into the 21st century with the ExitTicket app.

When students have the app on their own devices, you can send out a question and get instant feedback. You can register individual or group responses and track the data over time to assist with data analysis of student performance.

For school districts that like to tie in assessments to specific standards, you can tie questions directly to their Common Core content for determing how the class is doing with a particular concept.

ExitTicket (Free)

Edmodo
Edmodo

Edmodo can serve as a digital hub for your classroom. You can create discussion groups, send out assignment resources or chat with students after-hours in a professional setting.

It has a very social-network type of design, with a stream of posts and user profiles. Putting the app on your phone or tablet frees you from needing to post that assignment reminder or YouTube video at the computer. 

You can also access and edit Edmodo's online gradebook (as long as your school district is not making you use another).

Edmodo (free)

handouts
Handouts

For many, a handout is a boring worksheet of questionable copy quality. Not so with the Handouts app, which digitizes the process and enables you to send all kinds of file types to your students.

The app is a good tool for anyone trying to make their classroom paperless. Students can work on assignments and submit them for feedback all inside the Android app. You can also easily track who has yet to turn in work and give them a non-digital warning.

Handouts connects to your Google Drive, Dropbox, and image gallery for importing assignments.

Handouts (Free)

nearpod
Nearpod

Nearpod is built for the 1:1 class, giving the teacher power to push out videos, quizzes, and assignments right to students' devcies.

You can create a quiz, interactive slideshow, or activity and immediately put students to work on it. They are not limited to multiple-choice activites as they can use a stylus or finger to write and draw within the app.

Nearpod officially supports the Nexus 7, 10, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, though it may work on other devices.

The mobile app is free, with Nearpod offering a paid tier for schools that want additional storage and other services, like a self-paced feature called Nearpod Homework.

Nearpod (free)