Early and mid childhood are important years in a child’s development. They’re much more receptive to learning and the formative years matter. As it turns out, there are some Android apps that can help out with that. Here are the best Android apps to help kids learn. It should be noted that childhood spans until the teenage years so some of these apps may be a little too complex or too simple for your child. As per the norm, use your best discretion.
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Amazon Kindle is about as safe of an educational app as you can get. There are a metric ton of books that not only include things like novels, but also kids books and books with educational content. The price of books varies but are generally inexpensive compared to buying physical copies of the book and they can be downloaded on multiple devices so your kids can switch back and forth.
ClassDojo is one of a few “virtual classroom” style apps we’re going to talk about on this list. Using this app, parents, students, and teachers can all interact with one another. Teachers can communicate with children about their educational needs, parents can stay up to date on their child’s education, and kids can get the attention they need in order to get a better education. Unlike many, this doesn’t replace the classroom experience but acts more as a positive reinforcement and communication tool to help keep everyone on the same page so parents and teachers know where the child is struggling so they can help fix it.
Many education systems around the world promote the idea of children learning multiple languages. Many countries have their students take English as a second language but in many English-speaking cultures, the favor is rarely returned. With Duolingo, you have an easy, fun, and colorful language learning experience that is great for kids to learn a second language. Learning multiple languages has been shown to help brain development. It’s a great educational experience and it can be done in a fun way.
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The DragonBox series of games are a set of educational games that help kids learn basic educational things. One is dedicated to algebra and another is dedicated to Geometry. Math skills are needed in practically every profession to an extent and it’s important to get kids on the math train early in life. There are also two algebra oriented games depending on your child’s skill level. There are free and paid versions available and you can click the button to see all four.
Edmodo is a classroom replacement app that helps students, teachers, and parents interact more with a child’s education. Unlike ClassDojo, Edmodo has more of an educational aspect as kids can engage with each other, parents, and teachers about assignments. Students can be assigned and turn in assignments, track performance, and even upload files, photos, and videos. It’s a great platform to connect everyone together and really help kids focused on what they need to learn.
Google Classroom is a lot like Edmodo because it is also a virtual classroom style app. Students can turn in assignments, interact with other students, upload pictures, photos, and videos, and it allows teachers, students, and parents to engage with one another. The app is relatively new and connects to the robust Google Classroom web platform so you’ll need to be using that before the app will work. Otherwise, it’s a great virtual classroom solution to help kids reach their potential.
PBS has been long known for their educational content and now that content is available on Android. Since they are educational, parents shouldn’t have a problem letting their kids watch practically anything on this app. On the flip side, since everything is a cartoon and fun, kids most likely won’t mind watching it. There is also an educational goal tracker so parents and kids can keep track of everything the child should be learning. It’s also totally free.
Pocket Code is a nifty application that teaches kids how to learn. It’s important to note that this isn’t for early childhood but meant for late childhood. It shows how to program and think in a programming logic by allowing the user to build programs and games using a building-block style. The visual learning helps kids understand how programming works. It is fairly complicated so do expect to have to sit down with your kids and show them how this works.
Wolfram Alpha is a reference app that allows you to search for all kinds of stuff. This includes helping to solve math problems, looking for statistics, and plenty of other educational content. It’s not meant for young kids but those in middle school and older will almost certainly have an educational use for this application and the information it provides will remain relevant well into college and beyond. It’s one of the best educational apps of all time but do be sure to remember it’s not for younger kids.
Is there anything YouTube can’t show us? Not only is this a great platform for entertainment, music, news, gaming, and other content, but it’s also vastly underrated as a learning tool. It almost doesn’t matter what you’re child is trying to learn because there is usually a video to help out. Many schools and educators have channels that you can subscribe to that cover a wide range of topics on a regular basis. The only downside is that sometimes you do have to engage in some creative searching to find the kind of stuff you’re looking for because a lot of goofy and non-educational content is there too.
If we missed any great Android apps to help kids learn, let us know in the comments!