Back to School Help from my Samsung Galaxy Tablet #VZWVoices #Mom

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

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!

math training app

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!



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  1. We have one android device and I have an iPhone. I think that my next phone will be an Android. I have looked at Android tablets too, for the kids.
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    • Andrea says:

      I have an iPhone 4S and also think that I may go with an Android when it’s time to get a new phone. I like the iPhone okay but the Android just seems less complicated.

  2. We don’t currently have any android devices but I have toyed with the idea of buying my son a tablet. So much of his homework requires internet access which he doesn’t currently have.
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  3. Using the tablet to help with homework is a fabulous idea. When my son started 6th grade I got him one too for the same reasons. He is ready for a new one though, and the Samsung Galaxy Tablet looks like it would be perfect.
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  4. Looks like an awesome product! I need to find more educational apps for my kids!
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  5. Gina says:

    Great post! We have a ton of Android Tablets in our house one for each of us (4) and extras as well. Not sure on the educational apps because we just grounded the girls from their tablets lol But I know they (before being grounded) they use a lot of phonics apps, and they love reading on the Kindle app.
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  6. HilLesha says:

    I honestly didn’t know what the purpose of a tablet was before, but after reading several reviews, I now want one! I’m hoping to buy one sometime next year. Looks like they would be a lot of fun and useful to have! :)
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  7. Daisy says:

    I have an iPhone, but once my contract is up, I want to try an Android!

  8. Great post! I got the Nokia Lumia 928 from Verizon a while ago and love it!

  9. Karen says:

    Have you asked their teachers which ones they would recommend? My daughter is a teacher and is always answering questions about apps to use from her friends on Facebook.
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    • Andrea says:

      I had never thought about that. Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll ask my son’s teachers.

  10. Nice post, Andrea! I’m like you. I LOVED computers as a kid but we had like 6 to share for the whole school and it was in a special classroom. Oh, and there was no such thing as the World Wide Web.

    Now yeah, even in college every kid has a laptop or iPad in class. I would’ve killed for that! I’ve played around with the Samsung Galaxies (older versions) and they are pretty sweet I have to say. My kids grab my various tablets or phones and don’t do too many educational games or apps, but they do love using the calculator to add up crazy numbers. :)
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  11. A have a couple Android tablets and my kids are probably on them way to much lol, but I’m definitely going to check out that math app. It seems like one that would be great for my sons!
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