Apps for teachers and students: Here’s a list of helpful apps for college students on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences, and anyone else interested in using technology to do more, level-up, and make life easier.
From settings to messaging, Tasker offers total automation on your smart phone. Essentially a programming tool, this Android app lets you set your own triggers based on your environment. Tasker can detect when you’re at the library, for instance, and enable or disable certain settings on your phone so it adapts to where you are. It can launch apps automatically and perform actions with those apps. Yes, this app sounds like a miracle but it is for the more advanced smartphone users. For those who like a challenge, Tasker is not only fun to play with but one of the most powerful tools for Android. Head over to their website to download a free 7-day trial.
2. WiFi photo transfer
Wifi Photo Transfer is one of many similar apps that allows you to easily access your photos that are on your phone/iPad from your computer. I tried a few and I like this one because it’s free, simple, and doesn’t appear to have any significant restrictions.
Say you have some photos on your phone that you want to quickly access on your computer to add to a blog post or document. No need to plug your phone into your computer, email them to yourself, upload them to the cloud etc.
You can access your students’ images from their devices too (if they have the app and are on the same wifi network).
Mother is the, uh… mother of all personal data collecting devices. This one falls outside the “living away at college” category, but it is awesome for a household regardless of the ages of the family members. Mother comes with “Sensor Cookies” that can be used for a variety of useful daily tracking: taking meds, having coffee, brushing your teeth, taking medication, etc. The interface is simple, and the cartoon avatars are incredibly charming. Mother is pricey ($299), but it is a beautifully executed device that offers functionality you simply can’t get with a Fitbit or smart phone alone.
WolframAlpha can answer most of your questions about math, physics, chemistry, words, demographics, conversions, dates for important events, and much more. Seriously. And with the Wolfram Alpha app, it’s all in your pocket. There’s a learning curve for figuring out how best to input questions, but once you’ve figured it out, this app can solve just about anything you throw at it.
Super popular calendar app Sunrise is finally made available to Android users this month. Offering a clean and minimalistic design, Sunrise really stands out from all the other calendar apps. Notably, it also integrates with third-party services like Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare. And you’ll be happy to know that Android users get to decorate their smart phones with a Sunrise homescreen widget. In case your phone isn’t attached to you at all times, Sunrise has also launched a version for desktop Web browsers.
I’ve written before about the dilemma that presents itself in many classrooms where teachers and students need to be able to quickly access images to enhance their digital work. A great solution is Creative Commons Zero (CC0) images and you can check out my post for a number of options for finding these free images.
One CC0 resource that has a designated app is Pixabay.
You might need some free images to make blog posts or digital documents more interesting. You can use the images you find on Pixabay however you like. You might also like to present your students with some interesting images for writing prompts.
The possibilities for using and adapting images are pretty endless!
While there are many websites that provide free images, the app allows you to quickly grab images on the go from your phone or tablet.
7. Amazon Dash
Dash isn’t really an app for your phone, but think of it like an app for life. Here’s how it works: let’s say you’re about to run out of laundry detergent. You have a Dash button next to the washer, and all you need to do is press it. In a couple of days, more detergent arrives. Pretty awesome!
8. HI-Q MP3 VOICE RECORDER
For recording lectures, you won’t find a better voice recorder on Android than Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder. The app records audio in real time at whichever bitrate you choose between 32 kbps and 320 kbps, and then outputs recordings to email, Bluetooth, your SD card, or other apps on your phone like Ever-note, Google Drive, and Sound-cloud. There’s even a nice indicator onscreen to let you know how large your current recording is, as well as how much free space is left on your SD card.
Rated as one of the Top 10 Must-Have Apps in New York Times, Ever-note is a free app that helps you remember everything across all your devices. Stay organized and be productive, Ever-note lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, and even record voice reminders. As of last month, Ever-note released a new feature for its Android app: Handwriting. Finally, you can pick up your smart phone or tablet and quickly jot down notes with your finger or stylus.
Mint is hands down the best way to organize your finances and see your month budget visually. In less time it takes to read this sentence, you can bring up a chart of five years of your pizza purchases and compare it with the pizza purchase average in your local area. It’s as fun as budgeting gets… which, it turns out, is actually kinda fun!
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