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Taking Android back to school -- apps every student should have

It's that time of year again, when young men and women everywhere are packing their things, filling out student loan forms, and heading off to the hallowed halls of higher learning.  While those of us who are shipping off their kids can enjoy the lower utility bills and the freedom to wander naked to the kitchen for a midnight snack, for the students this time of year sure can be stressful.  Maybe we can't help you get the schedule you want, or tell you how to cope with that certain professor who let's you know "nobody gets an A in my class," but we can suggest an application or two that you might find useful.

Go get your microwave from student services, get your password from IT, and follow after the break to see Android Central's staff application picks for back to school!

Dallin Hampton -- Blackboard Mobile Learn

Blackboard Mobile

If your school has enabled it, Blackboard Mobile Learn gives you access to all sorts of course content, right from your Android phone.  Things like grades, the courses blog, discussion boards, and announcements from the professor all conveniently bundled into one application.  Best of all, it's free.  

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Adam Sawyer -- Class Buddy - School Edition

Class Buddy

Class Buddy is an all-in-one organizer application that helps you manage semesters, terms, courses, and classes, as well as keeping track of attendance and GPA.  The application is easy to navigate once you take the time to set up your courses and schedule, and the cumulative GPA calculator can help you during exams by showing you at a glance where to focus during those late night study jam sessions.  Class Buddy is free from the market. 

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Ross Lovelace -- RealCalc


RealCalc is a full-featured scientific calculator for your Android phone, that looks and operates just like the real thing.  Offering copy/paste functions, percentage calculations, result history, RPN mode and more; RealCalc beats the stock Android calculator by a mile.  Add in a full help system and you have an excellent application, at the excellent price of free.  Grab it below.

[AppBrain | Market link]

Kyle Gibb -- CampusBooks


CampusBooks is a simple app for searching prices of school textbooks. You simply enter in the ISBN of the book, or scan the barcode for specific searches.  Once you have entered a book title, you can easily see details, check prices on the web, or even sell the book.  CampusBooks ties in with the website for added functionality.  CampusBooks is free on the Android Market, download links are below.

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Sean Brunett -- Better Alarm Clock

Better Alarm Clock

Need to wake up for that 8 a.m. class? (Sucker!) Look no further than Better Alarm Clock, which is an excellent app that allows you to make customizable alarm schedules so you won't miss any schoolwork! It has numerous options, including personalized schedules, music alarms, color notifications and more. It has definitely improved my life by ensuring I'm never later again.  It has a free and paid versions, so give it a go and if you like it, consider supporting the developer!

[AppBrain (opens in new tab) | Market link]

Ali Fazel -- CIDR Calculator

CIDR Calculator

For any students starting or going back to school and thinking of studying networking, this is a must-have. Your teacher probably won't let you use this at all in class (and definitely not for tests), but it's good for your own studying on your own time. Subnetting was always one of the most difficult things for me to get a grasp on throughout my networking courses (and I still don't have it down to second nature), so any tools to help you with it in your early stages of learning are wonderful. This is the one I use at work, and it hasn't let me down yet. Best of all, it's free! 

[AppBrain (opens in new tab) | Market link]

Jerry Hildenbrand -- DroidLaw


DroidLaw is the legal reference application for Android.  It provides all the Federal rules of civil procedure, evidence, criminal procedure, and appellate court procedure.  Also included is an RSS reader, pre-populated with relevant legal feeds.  Also available are add-ons for the Texas Penal Code, Florida State Statutes, and US Supreme Court cases. Download this one if you're an aspiring law student, or in case you get caught with something you shouldn't have in your dorm room by your R.A. -- it could come in handy!  Free from the Market, add-ons vary from $2.99 to $3.99

[AppBrain | Market link]

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Pretty good line up Jerry. Especially the subnetting calculator
  • can't find blackboard in the market
  • I'd definitely suggest Documents To Go. Can't tell you how many times I ended up finishing essays on my phone.
  • Same. Hell, just last semester, I had a paper due in a week or two, and I woke up earlier than I would've like to. Rather than mope about until I got my last two hours of sleep before class, I grabbed my phone, typed up 1½ pages of a 2 page paper that seemed to have come to me in my sleep, and drifted back to sleep happy that I just about finished my paper.
  • Sounds like a decent app, but it actually costs money. Seems much easier to just use something like GDocs and be able to sync with, and edit whatever you have on Google Documents. Plus you wouldn't have to actually transfer anything through usb, your stuff would all be on Google's servers.
  • Did I mention one of those papers I wrote with Docs to Go was out in the middle of Redneck Country, PA, where I don't get 3G? I'd prefer having a local copy in that case.
  • i suggest, lol...and AK notepad if u need to write down a quick memo
  • What about something for recording lectures? I tried Voice Recorder from the market but the recording quality was awful.Droid X
  • Recordoid can record in some really high-quality (and REALLY large. Bring a 32GB MicroSD card.) WAV files. It's much better than Voice Recorder from my experience. However, the free version only does up to 10 minutes, and the creator is in one of those many countries where he/she can't put pay apps on the market. Thankfully, he was smart enough to get the pay version (which does unlimited recording) on Handango.
  • Math pac is a paid app but it's great for alg, trig, and calc. It does graphs too so that's really nice.. Highly recommended.
  • I have Blackboard working great on my Motor Droid with Verizon. If your phone is rooted, then I have the. APk file that can be installed to use on any carrier. Best app on this list.
  • hey man think you could email me the apk?? my email is
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn is only available for Sprint Android phones, even if your school has enabled access for it. I had to jump through a ton of hoops to request it be turned on for my university, and then found out I can't even use it on my Droid Incredible. It's also usable on iOS devices, but only on WiFi, not 3G. Gotta love those carrier exclusivity agreements.
  • nooooooooooo I got all excited when I saw that app on the list, did a quick search in the market and couldnt find it. :( edit* well I found it in the market but you are right, only works for sprint customers. That really sucks, was hoping to be able to post to discussions from my incredible.
  • yeah I got all the way to "select school" only to not even find it. :C I guess only big universities?
  • who did you contact to have them enable it?
  • Got all excited for blackboard learning system, and downloaded, (I have sprint!) but there aren't that many schools on it (even if they do use Blackboard, which mine does). It would be AWESOME to be able to access my classes and take tests, see notes, etc. from my phone, but I don't think I'll be able to get my community college to enable it. I might be able to suggest it, but they'll assume it costs too much and turn me down, like they do to everything and everyone.
  • Awesome thanks. Needed an app like A+ student for WebOS and Class Buddy looks like its a worthy replacement.
  • As a lawyer, I'm curious to check out DroidLaw.
  • Just checked out the basic version... it's got all the basic rules. No advisory comments though.
  • i personally use astrid task/todo list. it keeps me up and with the widget i can see all the classes i have homework for
  • There is a cool app missing: StudiPlaner. Since I use it, I don't miss it anymore. I installed the free version and it brings some cool features, like post the course on facebook, share semesters with friends over xml and much moren. Like it!
  • Very nice app list! I would also add some grade/GPA calculators and trackers like CoursePro, Kitten Mittens' GPA Calculator, and the newest one of the bunch, GradeWizard, which was just released.