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Android apps for going back to school

by Kristen Nicole

It’s that time of year again --  parents are in a back-to-school shopping frenzy, while students are prepping for another semester of classes, grades and friends.  Fortunately, there are plenty of Android apps to get you through the next few weeks, and right on into the new school year, whether you’re in elementary school or on a college campus.


Shop for text books and dorm room decor from a single app. Search Amazon’s online store using its barcode scanner or image capture tool to find either the exact product or similar merchandise, or do a keyword search. The free app displays product reviews and easy purchasing options to order everything you need.

Best Buy’s Android shopping app gives you quick access for product searches on calculators, computers, software and dorm-friendly flat screens. Search categories by keyword or SKU with a barcode scanner, and find local stores. You can also order directly from this free app.

For a shopping search tool that’s more inclusive, try SnapTell. The free Android app lets you scan the barcodes of books and other media in order to find the best price amongst major online retailers, including Amazon. You’ll also get related information from sites like YouTube, Google and more. Bookmark items for later review or purchasing.

Staying organized

A+ Timetable’s Android app will keep you out of detention hall with its organizer. Mark the days and times for your courses, which are pre-categorized for easy input. Color-code your schedule for easy viewing, with separate tabs for odd and even weeks. The free app supports text-to-speech recognition, a home screen widget for quick overviews, and more.

Listen during class, and review notes later with the Share Your Board Android app. ShareYourBoard takes an image of your teacher’s board notes, with text recognition for easy organizing after class has ended.  Edit and add to your notes, share them with friends and never stress over note-taking again. ShareYourBoard is free for Android users.

For more easy listening, try OverDrive Media Console. This free app will play audiobooks from various retailers and libraries, so you can listen to books as you walk through campus.  Features include bookmarks, a table of contents and in-app sound options.

For tracking your course details, homework and grades, check out CoursePro. The $2.99 Android app organizes everything for you, and keeps you on task with to-do lists, running grades and course overviews. Set custom assignment types for different grading schemes and have your data automatically backed up at all times.

Study buddies

Documents To Go is great for college students working on term papers. Access and view documents remotely, and send them to classmates or professors. Unlock the full version to get editing and creating capabilities, with support for PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files.

Build your bibliography automatically as you read coursebooks, by scanning their barcodes into the free BibTeXLib Android app. You can also enter book information manually.  the app provides a running list of book information, including cover art, publisher, ISBN and more.

Create your own flashcards with gFlash. The free Android app lets you quiz yourself with randomly generated tests based on your input data.  Customize flash cards with images, HTML and more. Be forewarned: gFlash can get pretty technical, so it’s best for use with high school and college students, or teachers that would like to create flash cards for their students