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Both of my sons went back to school in mid-August. My oldest son started middle school and has been slowly adjusting to the changes that come with it. Now that he’s getting older, much of his homework requires some type of technology to complete – which makes my son very happy. I received the Samsung Galaxy Tablet from Verizon in July and my son loves using the tablet to help him with his homework. He would really like to take it to school with him, but I won’t allow him to for fear of it being stolen.
It seems that technology is increasingly playing a big role in schools today. I remember the internet being new back when I was in high school and we had a dozen computers for the whole school to share. Now, just about every classroom has at least one computer and schools have large computer labs for their students to use. In my youngest son’s elementary school, the fifth graders have tablets to use in place of textbooks.
In today’s technology driven world, it’s important for kids to learn how to effectively use technology. We’ve been using my Samsung Galaxy Tablet to help my sons both with their schooling. Today I’m sharing our favorite ways to use the tablet for education.
The first (and most obvious) way is by using the internet for research and to download materials. The internet has a wealth of knowledge to be shared and my boys can get reading practice in by doing research. My oldest son has also been using the calculator quite a bit to help with his homework.
But besides the pre-loaded on the tablet, we’ve also been using a couple of apps that we’ve downloaded.
One app that my youngest son uses is called Math Training. It tracks the time it takes you to answer math problems and helps with fact memorization. My son loves trying to beat his best time. The best part? It’s FREE!
My youngest son also uses Edmodo to communicate with his teacher and class. It allows students and teachers to share files and assignments and to have discussions within the app. This is also a free app.
My oldest son mostly uses the tablet for research and hasn’t discovered any educational apps just yet. He’s a bit resistant to download anything that he thinks might be educational. We’ll eventually get there but for now I’m just happy that my tablet helps the kids with their homework.
If you have an Android device, what are your favorite educational apps? I know there are a lot out there and I’m just not sure what to use!