10 Android apps for back to school

Summer is drawing to a close and that means getting back to school. Using an Android phone or tablet can help once back on campus and these will certainly do the job.
Topic: Mobility
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10 Android apps for back to school

Whether a student or the parent of one, that frenzied time just before the start of a school year is here. If your student has an Android phone and/or tablet, that can help keep ahead of studies for even the heaviest of course loads.

Good apps can sometimes make the difference between getting that assignment finished on time or not. This collection of Android apps are designed with the student in mind, and some can be of benefit to everyone.

There are apps in this collection to keep track of assignments and for planning, some for reference, and even one that makes recording lectures nice and easy.

Many of these apps are free, and none of them cost more than a buck or two.

Note that some of these apps are also available for the iPhone/iPad, so multi-platform families can often settle on one app for all.

See related: 10 iPad apps for back to school

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This app lets the student get in firm control of the school calendar. It also has a notes section for taking notes and keeping them organized.

One of the coolest features of Studious, which perhaps will be the most important depending on the student, is the ringer killer. The app will automatically silence the ringer of the phone/tablet while in class to avoid embarrassing interruptions.

From the developer:


- Silence your phone in class

- Remind you when homework and tests are due

- Save notes

Price: Free

Download: From Google Play Store 

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Tablet Browser for Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a popular source of reference material that quickly becomes the student's friend. While it's accessible through any web browser, this app optimizes the experience for the Android tablet.

It starts with a front-end for Wikipedia that makes it easy to search, bookmark results, share information, and open any subject in the web browser.

In spite of the app's name it also works on smartphones.

Price: Free

Download: From Google Play Store 



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Dictionary- Merriam Webster

Reference material is king in academia and a good dictionary is at the top of the list. Forget the giant, heavy dictionary of old, this app has the entire tome from Merriam Webster inside.

Searching for the needed information can be done by typing the desired information or by speaking the search term. In addition to definitions you can find synonyms and antonyms in the Dictionary. The app can do something no paper dictionary can do and give spoken pronunciations.

From the publisher:


* Synonyms & Antonyms

* Voice Search

* Example Sentences

* Audio Pronunciations

* Word of the Day

* Favorites - lets you keep a list of words that are particularly interesting to you

* For Tablets: Scrolling Index - lets you browse the entire dictionary

* For Phones: Reader View - lets you hide navigation buttons to see text in full screen

* Recent History - lets you keep track of the words you've looked up

Price: Free

Download: From Google Play Store 

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my Homework Student Planner

Keeping up with a busy class schedule can be challenging, but this app makes it easy to keep on top of things. The my Homework Student Planner is an easy-to-use planner that has full class scheduling features.

Assignments can also be tracked and the app leverages the outstanding Android notification system to warn of upcoming events. There is a homework widget to allow keeping track of assignments right from the Android home screen.

From the developer:

Homework Organizer/Student Planner
Homework Widget
Class Schedule
Homework Calendar

Price: $1.99

Download: From Google Play Store 

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Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder

Who can blame students who fall asleep in class during those long, boring lectures? Unfortunately, tuning out during the lectures can mean missing important information for exam time. What's a body to do?

The answer is easier than you might think, and this app is what makes it easy. The Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder turns the Android phone/tablet into a quality audio system that can record class lectures. The fact is it can record anything due to the high quality format used. If you can hear it, this app can record it for later reference.

From the developer:

★ Real-time MP3 recording

★ Pause and resume recordings

★ Home screen widgets — start recording with just a tap

★ Changeable bit rate — up to 320 kbps

★ Selectable microphone (front or back/rear)

★ Alternate recording icon — prevent unwanted attention

★ Manage existing recordings — share, sort, rename, and delete them

★ Automatic stop when storage free space reaches a customizable limit

★ Input gain setting to make recording louder or softer

Price: $3.99

Download: From Google Play Store 

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Assignment Planner Pro

For those wishing to keep track of assignments, homework, projects, courses, classes and grades, this is a simple app to do it with. Assignment Planner Pro lets the student enter all assignments and coursework, then track it through to completion. Reminders will make sure nothing falls through the cracks for even the heaviest schedule.

In addition to the planning features, this app also track grades and GPA on the fly. No more surprises when grades are handed out at the end of the term.

Price: $1.49

Download: From Google Play Store 



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Pocket (formerly Read It Later)

The amount of research the average student conducts is staggering. A lot of that research takes place online, and that's where Pocket comes in handy. 

Any web page, partial page, online images, even video, can be instantly saved from most any app to the user's account. All captured information can be accessed easily through the Pocket app. 

Saved information can even be accessed when the phone or tablet is offline, ensuring important information is always at hand.

From the developer:


Articles, videos or pretty much anything you find online.


If it's in Pocket, it's on your phone, tablet, and computer.


See your articles, videos and everything else in a beautiful, easy-to-view layout.


Save to Pocket from any app on your Android device. Just tap 'Add to Pocket' when sharing a page.

Price: Free

Download: From Google Play Store 

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Those studying literature should give SparkNotes a try. It covers all aspects of the subject, from Shakespeare to poetry.

There is integrated social networking features that allow users to share where they are studying with the app. This is integrated with Facebook for those who wish to connect it.

From the developer:


- Access 50 pre-installed Sparknotes study guides in your library

- Hundreds of Sparknotes study guides available for viewing online

- Download any Sparknotes study guide to your mobile device for offline use

- Share what you’re studying and where you are by checking in with a customized post to Facebook

Price: Free

Download: From Google Play Store 

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My Class Schedule

This app is similar to others in this collection in that it is a full-featured scheduler, planner, and reminder. It tracks classes, homework, assignments, and just about anything a busy student needs to stay on top of.

What makes My Class Schedule so nice is the attractive graphical timeline that provides a lot of information at a glance. It makes it easy to keep from over commiting on time, and makes sure nothing important is overlooked.

From the developer:

★ Color-coded timetable (day- and week view; colors can be chosen freely)

★ Widget (sizes: 2x1, 3x1, 2x2, 3x2, 4x2, 3x3, 4x4; shows all remaining courses for the day) + DashClock support

★ Notifications for upcoming homework, exams and classes

★ Can automatically mute your phone during lessons

★ Supports timetables with A/B (and even C, D) weeks; just set the frequency of the lesson (for example to "every 2 weeks") and the app automatically switches between the A/B weeks

★ Save as many courses, lesson times, homework and grades as you want; times can be chosen freely; grades can be weighted

★ Light and Dark Holo theme

★ Runs from SD card (note: widgets generally don't work when running from SD)

Price: $1.99

Download: From Google Play Store 


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This app isn't just for students but is just as good for them as anyone. Evernote is a cloud-based note app that makes it easy to take notes that include text, audio, photos, and images captured from other apps.

While not a full word processor Evernote includes a rich text editor to handle common formatting to make notes look pretty decent. Users can organize those notes in a variety of ways so the method that works best is at hand.

Since the notes are cloud-based they can be accessed from just about any smartphone or tablet. This is a handy feature for students who often need to refer to notes while running around the campus, even if the iPad is back in the dorm.

Evernote is free with a paid version available for those needing extra storage in the cloud. It works on both Android phones and tablets.

From the developer:

Key Features:

- Works with Evernote Business: Capture, browse, search, and share Business Notes and Business Notebooks from your smartphone or tablet.

- Sync all of your notes across the computers and devices you use

- Create and edit text notes, to-dos and task lists

- Save, sync and share files

- Search for text inside images

- Organize notes by notebooks and tags

- Email notes and save tweets to your Evernote account

- Connect Evernote to other apps and products you use

- Share notes with friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter

★ Premium feature: take notebooks offline to access them anytime

★ Premium feature: allow others to edit your notebooks

★ Premium feature: add a PIN lock to your Evernote app

Price: Free

Download: From Google Play Store

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