As Android phones and tablets become more powerful and more ubiquitous, people are using them for everything from reading to note-taking, to watching videos. And given the recent expansion in the types of available apps, people are also using them as learning devices — courseware, tutorials, and how-to apps are making their way to Android!
Since everyone is gearing up for the new year and working hard to start with New Year’s resolutions, there’s a great chance you’ll be looking at your Android device for tools to help accomplish your 2013 goals. Today, I’m going to cover several apps that bring educational videos to your Android phone or tablet, in hopes you’ll find one that will help you learn whatever new skill you wish to master.
It occurred to me recently that children born anywhere up to ten years ago are going to have a vastly different childhood to ours. My experience of state-of-the-art technology progressed slowly from Walkmans, to CD players, to a Nokia 3210, and eventually my own slow computer and laptop.
Children today are getting their parents to buy them smartphones and tablets with more processing power than all of my childhood technology combined. We don’t yet know how today’s technology will affect children differently to how our technology affected us.
Read on for a breakdown of popular reasons for and against children possessing mobile technology.
HowStuffWorks is a popular website specialising in explaining how day-to-day items and events work. Sometimes these are described in great detail; sometimes briefly. The aim is to provide interesting and educational information about why everything in our world functions the way it does.
The site’s tie-in app was released for Android about a month ago. I was expecting to have to be forgiving with this application, and allow for errors and undesired behaviour attributable to teething issues. But I didn’t find any, and was pleased by what this application offers!
With the “smartphone era” came a great thing for musicians: the mobile tools for composing and playing music on a pocket size instrument with the practicality of touch interfaces. We hear so much about apps for iOS around music composition, notation, and live playing, made by the biggest and famous musical software and hardware companies — but what about Android? Though many of them didn’t look at us, some developers did, and have made powerful and useful weapons that every musician with an Android phone should have, covering everything from simple on-the-go notations to a full sequencer in your hands.
Join in me in this Roundup with the most awesome tools for musical notation, composition and learning, for Android.