10 Back-to-school Android apps
In the month of June, students usually get the ball rolling for the next academic year, and now it is possible to organise and manage their schedules, assignments, homework, notes and more using mobile devices. We have seen how technology has been trying to change the face of Indian educational system over the past couple of years. The next-gen of Indian academics could go all mobile, and there is enough educational content to support these devices. We have picked 10 such must-have Android apps for students in their final school years or those heading to college.
Android apps for students
My Class Schedule – Free
Manage your schedule
Though there are several apps that help students organise their schedules, including class time-table, homework, exams dates and so on, the My Class Schedule app does it quite efficiently and is free of cost. The UI is simple and students will instantly get a hang of the app. Once you feed in all the information, the app keeps a tab on upcoming classes and reminds about the homework and other upcoming events. The colour coded time-table UI appears very lively and cool. It lets you include courses, lesson times, homework and grades. The app is quite handy whether you are a school or college student. Moreover, college students can even use the automatic mute feature during lectures.
myHomework student planner – Free
Helps plan your homework, assignments
Firstly, myHomework planner has a beautiful and reliable UI and works as an efficient planner without the need for a network connection. You can also key in information on myHomework.com and sync the website with the mobile app. It syncs homework, reminders and also late as well as upcoming homework widgets on your device. The student planner adds a homework widget on the phone, which students can update with their school/coaching class homework and sets class schedules and deadlines using the homework calendar. This free app has a paid ad-free version too.
Trello – Free
For collaborative work
This is a great app for those looking for a collaborative tool. The Trello app is extremely simple and flexible to use. It is a good option for school and college group projects. The app lets you systematically organise the project, delegate work; others users can also add their inputs and comments right there. It will put the complete planning and executing process on the phone’s screen, helping students to interact with one another, set daily tasks and intimate others on completion of tasks. It has been supported by features such as checklists and to-do lists.
Wolfram Alpha – Rs 164.24
A complete computational knowledge engine
Wolfram|Alpha is a complete computational knowledge engine. It brings expert knowledge and instant computing in minutes by calculating accurate answers. Wolfram|Alpha covers a large domain for students, which include Mathematics, Statistics and Data Analysis, Physics, Chemistry, and also covers other topics like alloys, minerals and so on. You also find answers to equations, subjects related to engineering and astronomy, life sciences, earth sciences, units and measurements, geography, weather, music, history and more. The lengthy list of topics will not disappoint you and emit instant answers to all your queries.
Dictionary Merriam Webster – Free, Rs 164.21
Look up for meanings
The mobile form of the popular Merriam Webster dictionary is a very handy pocket tool. The app comes with voice search and helps you find synonyms, antonyms, example sentences and more. It also brings to students Word for the Day, allowing students to learn one word each day. The dictionary app is a real handy tool for reference, education and building vocabulary. Moreover, it doesn’t require Internet connection, and you can use all its features anytime, anywhere. It lets students save their favourite list of words and also includes audio pronunciation of words. While the free version will suffice your needs, the paid version offers additional 1000 graphical illustrations and over 20,000 additional entries covering people, places and foreign terms.
Lecture Notes – Trial, 240.69
Android tablets don’t enjoy the plethora of quality note-taking options like the iOS platform. However, among the handful of good apps that are available for Android users, the LectureNotes appears to be very cool and convenient for students. This app lets you make notes in your own handwriting, using your finger or the stylus. The app has been designed keeping students in mind and can also prove to be very useful for lecturers. The app lets one choose the notebook’s width, height, colour, paper pattern (for example, ruled, plain, checks, image), drawing tools and also offers several colour pencil and eraser options. You can also enter text via keyboard and cut paste within the notebook you’ve created. Users can export notebooks to the Evernote app. You can complement LectureNotes with the LectureRecordings app, which is capable of recording lectures.
SparkNotes – Free
Handy notes in your palms
Students planning to major in English are quite familiar with Spark Notes. They can use these notes on-the-go with the SparkNotes app. The app offers study guides for literature, Shakespeare, poetry, philosophy, drama and short stories, bringing all of it in your palms. One can download the notes and use them offline or simply browse through them over Wi-Fi. The app also allows starting Sparknotes study groups right from the mobile device.
Periodic Table – Free
Know the elements
Learning the Periodic Table – names of elements, shell configuration and group can be really tedious, and is something everyone has to deal with during the final school years. And if you happen to take up the Science stream in college, then be ready to deal with it yet again. The Periodic Table app will help you learn the table even on the go and utilise the commuting time doing something fruitful. The app shows the complete table and displays detailed information about each and every element in the table. You can look up elements, take up quick quizzes on elements and also watch videos. This is a great way to summarise and understand the complete Periodic Table.
Kindle – Free
Books, books and more books
Students who love reading books or keeping up with the latest news should check out the Kindle app. The Kindle app has something for all, be it newspaper reader, magazine reader or different genres of books. Students can pick from the list of free books or even shop for books. The app comes with built-in dictionary, Wikipedia and Google. It lets you read the same book across multiple devices and automatically syncs where you left off the last time you read it. Students can customise their reading by adjusting the font size, screen brightness, background colour and orientation (portrait or landscape).
Pocket – Free
For offline reading
Students have to browse through various educational and informative sites, whether they are researching for a project, looking for colleges/coaching classes, or likewise. The Pocket app, also known as Read It Later, allows marking the page for offline reading. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it any time, even without an Internet connection. It is especially helpful while dealing with lengthy articles or blogs. On saving a page offline, the font, text size and line spacing can be adjusted to suit your viewing.
The above list is a mix of paid and free apps, depending upon what a student is looking for. Do let us know your list of handy apps for students.[source:tech2]