Cross-posted from my other blog, Free Technology for Teachers.
This afternoonÂ Google releasedÂ a new way to search on your Android tablet and Android phone. Now instead of typing your query into the Google Search box, you can just handwrite a word or phrase to search. See it in action in the video below.
For now Handwrite for Google mobile only works on Android tablets running 4.0+ and Android phones running on 2.3+.
Handwrite could be useful for students who are frustrated by trying to type search phrases on a touchscreen device.
Last week I ordered a Nexus 7 tablet and according to the tracking data it should now be waiting for me at home. I won’t get to try it until Friday night Â when I return from Limestone, Maine where I’m running a couple of workshops this week. But in anticipation of trying my new tablet, I have watched Google’s new getting started tutorial a couple of times. The tutorial is included below.
Google’s Nexus 7 tutorial is short and has plenty of promotion for Google Play. That said, for the first time Android user the video could be helpful in getting started with a device that is operating on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
Sight Words is a free Android app designed to help pre-K and Kindergarten students learn to read basic vocabulary words. Using the Sight Words app students can read and hear digital flashcards. The narration can be turned off if you want to use Sight Words to quiz students.
Sight Words does allow you to customize the words in the app. You can add words and add your own voice to the words.
Sight Words is available for Android phones and for Android tablets.
Office Drop is a service and Android app for scanning and organizing documents. With Office Drop installed on your Android phone or tablet you can use it as a mobile scanner. Office Drop allows you to take a picture of a document to create a PDF. After the PDF is created (Office Drop does the conversion automatically for you) you can store it in an online Office Drop account.
You can also use Office Drop to upload and store files that are on your computer(s). Office Drop provides 5GB of free storage that you can use to store and organize your files.
Office Drop could be a good tool for teachers to use to quickly scan and organize paper-based assignments that students complete. For example, if your students completed a math assignment on paper Â you could use Office Drop to scan, upload, and organize those assignments.
AK Notepad is a free Android app for recording notes on your phone or tablet. AK Notepad has a very simple interface yet still offers some handy features.
If you have ever used Color Note you’ll immediately notice some similarities when you open AK Notepad. AK Notepad features a lined paper graphic on which you type your notes. AK Notepad gives you the option to save and share your notes to a variety of services including Catch.com, Evernote, Google+, and Twitter.
AK Notepad can be used as a reminder service. You can set a reminder alarm for each of your notepads. The alarm can be set using one of the pre-defined settings of 5, 15, 30, or 60 minutes into the future. You can also set reminders for days or weeks in the future.
AK Notepad could be a good app for students to use to take notes and create to-do lists with reminders in the same place. If students want to share their to-do lists with you or their parents, the tools are in place for that too.