The Google Play Store on your Android tablet offers a wide range of educational apps that are great for not only younger writers but writers of all ages as well. There’s likely an app that will help your students with their mobile writing endeavors!
Here are some of my favorite writing apps that are great for your Android tablet. All of these apps are free and all are compatible with your Sony Xperia or other Android tablet!
The Google Drive app allows you to easily access, share, and edit any of your Google Documents. The recent updates to the app now allow for even easier editing and collaboration right from your tablet. If you’re using your tablet in a Google Apps for Education district this app is a must for students.
Evernote has been a highly popular web based note-taking and writing tool for a long time. Students can create online notebooks filled with notes, pieces of writing, images, web clippings and more. There are tons of great tools packed into this one app that make it easy for students to write and capture information on the go.
The Writer app is a great introductory app for digital writing. If you’re looking for a basic, easy to use word processing app, Writer is a great one. Since this app isn’t associated with a cloud service like Google Drive or Evernote, all files are saved locally to the specific tablet. This could be all that younger writers need to begin learning how to write digitally.
What I really like about Write is that it’s quite a bit different from the more traditional writing apps. This app focuses on students writing, drawing, and brainstorming in their own handwriting. There are plenty of editing tools like changing the color and thickness of your digital pen. One of the best features about Write, however, is the ability it gives the writer to edit their handwritten text after the fact. Students are able to copy and paste parts of their handwriting and insert spaces in something they already wrote if they need to add more. I really enjoy the features you get and get to use them with your own handwriting. The writing can then be exported to PDF or uploaded to cloud services such as Google Drive or Evernote.
Check out this recent demo video from Stylus Labs that shows the Write app in action (there’s no audio).
Another app also from Stylus Labs that allows for easy notetaking is JetNote. What’s different about JetNote is the ability to install JetNote widgets of various sizes right onto your tablet’s home screen.You can work on various notes via the widget right from your home screen and if you need to jump into the full app you can easily do so. Notes can be sent via email or even SMS if you need to text message a note to someone. If you need more information about customizing your home screen with widgets be sure to check out this post from fellow Sony Ambassador Danny Silva.
While these 5 apps are by no means the only writing apps out there, they are 5 that have quickly become my favorite. Writer, Write, and JetNote were completely brand new to me as I was finding apps for this post. Our mobile devices now allow teachers and students to be more productive by being able to truly work, collaborate, and communicate on the go!