Teachers With Apps has known for some time we were going to need to start using and reviewing android apps. We got a free Slate at ISTE, so generously donated by Microsoft. Now that we are back to school, it seems like a good time to start transitioning. To make our transition as smooth as possible, we have been polling many of our favorite app developers. We have been pleasantly surprised to see quite a few have already added both android and Google Play to their repertoire and many are in the process, if not quite there yet. It was inevitable... and became very obvious to us when discussing digital adaptation on a school level in other areas, other than the east or west coast. We have not checked in with too many developers from abroad to see what is happening with android on their side of the world. So, if you are from out of country please let us know what is happening near you in regards to platforms being adopted for educational purposes.
iTooch Apps - by eduPad has added Google Play and now has an even farther reach than before! Edupad is a state of the art and comprehensive educational app company offering an entire suite of apps for children. All of their apps are exciting, effective and enormously fun! Their mascot leads the lessons and is quickly becoming a familiar face in the digital arena of outstanding apps. iTooch Middle School has more than 10,000 exercises in ELA (reading, writing vocabulary, grammar) and Math (properties and operations, graphs, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability, and data analysis) and Health. TWA has been using and recommending the iTooch apps for a long time, as it's a favorite with both students and teachers in the classroom.
Spinlight Studios - Another outstanding educational app developer has most of their current apps already on Android (Amazon, Google Play, Nook, & Nabi). At the moment, Geography Drive is not on Google Play, but you can get it from the other stores. Operation Math Code Squad is only on the iPad, as well as their new app, Gappy's Mystery Letters. They plan to continue to develop for both platforms and if you are unfamiliar with this company you need to get acquainted. Their math apps are very popular in and out of the classroom. TWA is waiting for them to develop apps for reading comprehension. Everything they touch is golden.
Motion Math creates brilliant learning games that let kids explore numbers in a whole new way. The original team consisted of several Stanford graduates and Motion Math has grown into a major player in the educational app world. They spend time beta testing their apps with kids and are one of the first companies that have the stamp of research approval - a published efficacy study found their fractions game improved scores 15% after a week of play. They just released a new app, Motion Math: Match which features addition, subtraction, multiplication, subtraction, and magical number tiles that disappear when they match. They've just released two of their games Motion Math: Fractions! and Motion Math: Hungry Fish on Android.