Resources for teachers, by teachers

By Gayle Berthiaume // January 16, 2013

As a teacher, I am often asked by parents and by other teachers about apps to use with their children. I always recommend ones that encourage children to be creative and allow them to express themselves in a positive way. These are several of my favorite Android apps for Preschool - adult. I have included a variety of types. I also like these because the product can be saved to be used in other projects. Children love using them and figure out how to use them very quickly.

I like to briefly show children how to use the app and then let them play with it. You may want to play with it with them. The apps are hard to resist and fun!

Smart Voice Recorder is used for high quality recording. Students can record stories they have written, or tell about an adventure, or how they feel about a topic. You may want to talk with children about having a story with a beginning, middle and end. Also about using appropriate language and sounds. When children first play with an app that records, they like to try out all kinds of silly sounds. You can also record students reading for assessment to measure fluency. Send the recording to Box, Bluetooth, Google Drive, Evernote, or by email.

Talking Tom & Ben News Reporters are famous TV news personalities! Create & record funny conversations between them by talking to them and they will repeat what you say. Also add your own video by pressing the TV button in the app to record a video with the camera or choose one of your existing videos from your Photos gallery. Once your personal video is in the app, make Tom & Ben comment on the video. Record videos and share them to the Gallery or on YouTube, Facebook or send them by email or MMS.



Pianist HD provides guided practice on free songs or allows you to create your own songs. Add to Pocket, Springpad, share with Box, Google Drive, Facebook, Google+ or send by email.


Drawing Pad lets you create your own drawings using crayons, markers, paint brushes, colored pencils, stickers, roller pens and more! Share your work by using any app that accepts a picture, like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picasa or save it to Box, Google Drive or email it.

Skitch makes it easy to take a photo, annotate it using Skitch’s easy tools, and share it. It’s great for noting down quick ideas on top of photos or add captions to tell a story. Save to Box, Facebook, Google+, Google Drive, or send as an email.


Snapseed is a photo editing app that lets you enhance, transform, and share your photos with ease. It is a high quality app that allows for creating high quality edited images. There are many special effects and features like auto-correct, straighten and rotate, crop, vintage, drama, grunge, center focus, frames and tilt-shift. Share your creations via Google+, email, and any other service you have installed.


Magisto is a fun and easy way to share your video. Just shoot and upload your videos and Magisto automatically turns them into beautifully edited movies, complete with music and effects, in minutes.

Animoto Videos app allows you to create and share videos. Use your photos, add a video style, choose music and words and create videos to share to your favorite social networks, Box, Google Drive or send via email or SMS.

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About The Author

Gayle Berthiaume

Gayle Berthiaume is an educator with over 35 years experience as an elementary classroom teacher, Title I teacher, and team leader. Gayle’s students thrived in a technology rich, project-based learning environment. They created digital stories and projects to share with the community, other students across the United States and globally. Gayle’s vast knowledge of...

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