Of all the posts I've shared about Kindle Fires in the classroom, this may be the one I am most excited about. One of the greatest annoyances I've had with my Kindle Fires is with their complete lack of apps. The Amazon app store just doesn't have many of the important educational apps I'd like. For example, when looking for a free coin counting app, on the the Apple App store and Google Play store, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of choices to pursue. On the Amazon App Store, there was only one or two and neither of them was great. What I could find, I was NOT happy with. This was true for many of the apps I pursued.
I desperately wanted access to another app ecosystem and was delighted to stumble across this video which shows you how you can, in about 5 minutes, download the Google Play app store onto your 7" Kindle Fire.
With the app options I now have available to me, I figure I have quadrupled the usefulness of these devices and am thrilled to have choices in what web browser, word processor, maps, weather, calculator, and educational apps I can now utilize. Here a few of the highly recommended apps I have already downloaded to my Kindle Fires:
Google Apps - As someone who loves Google Docs, Photos, Calendar, Maps...these were a must.
Kahoot - This app is a direct connect to the Kahoot ecosystem.
The Dolphin Browser - This browser allows you to use flash based programs like Spelling City games.
Do you have apps you would suggest I should download? Let me know by commenting below.
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