5 of The Best Android Apps for Flipped Classrooms

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Flipped learning is a pedagogical approach centred on the premise that classroom time should be allocated to hands-on and inquiry-based activities and exercises while learning subject content takes place at home. If you are a teacher who uses this type of blended learning with your students and are looking for some good Android apps to help you maximize students learning, the apps below are especially helpful. 

Android apps for flipped classroom

Using these Android apps will enable you to record your Android screen, create tutorials, screencasts, training videos, step by step guides, video presentations, explainers, and more.  Students can draw on your recorded video content to study at home and get prepared for exercises and discussions in class.

1- Explain Everything

Explain Everything is another good whiteboard app for Android. The app has been around for some years now and it proved its efficiency as among the best whiteboarding applications out there. Explain Everything provides access to a host of interesting features including: the ability to express your ideas using various tools such as drawing, writing, sketching, screen sharing, and live presenting. 

The app's interactive whiteboard is also great for recording screencasts and explainer videos to use in flipped classrooms. The app can capture everything that happens on the screen and provides you with the tools to edit your recording the way you want. You can trim, cut, and delete parts and share your final video presentation as MP4. 

Other features provided by Explain Everything include: integration with third party platforms such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive allowing users to easily import/export materials from/to these applications; the ability to insert different materials into your interactive whiteboard (e.g., sketches, images, Gifs, shapes, equations, text boxes, sticky notes, etc); scan documents and edit them the way you want, screen share your whiteboard presentations using tools such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, and many more.

Device requirement: 
Android 8.0 and up. Content rating: 3+

2. Bamboo Paper

Bamboo Paper is a whiteboard app that converts your Android device into a paper notebook. You can use it to sketch , draw, and take notes, You can also insert images, annotate them the way you want, and collaborate with others in real-time. You can also use a Bamboo stylus to capture your ideas on Bamboo paper. Once your creation is ready you can share it in numerous formats including rich text, svg, psd, and many more.

Device requirement: Android 5.0 and up ,  Content rating: 3+

3. Jamboard

Jamboard, by Google,  is my favourite whiteboard app for Android. It offers a wide variety of features that are ideal to use in your instructional practice. Some of these features include the ability to draw using various pens and colours, brainstorm ideas by adding sticky notes to your jams, insert photos and stickers into your jams, the ability to highlight objects using laser point tool, real-time collaboration with colleagues, and many more. To learn more about this whiteboard Android app, check out Jamboard's full review for teachers.

Device requirement: Android 6.0 and up ,  Content rating: Everyone

4. Loom

Loom is another great screen record app for Android. I have been using the desktop version for quite sometime now I really love it. The app also provides a set of powerful features that let you easily record your Android screen and create instructional tutorials. Some of these features including the ability to record screen and internal audio, record camera, leave time-based comments and emoji reactions, edit and trim your videos the way you want, adjust playback speed, receive notifications when someone views or interacts with your videos, videos are automatically saved to the cloud, share videos using a generated link, and more.

Device requirement: Android 8.0 and up. Content rating: 3+

5. Ayoa

Ayoa is another great whiteboard app for Android that allows you to easily create and share media-rich mind maps. Some of the features provided by Ayoa include: 'real time collaboration, commenting, and branch voting. Using Teamviewer,  users can get a quick overview of collaborators availability and view what everyone is working on. 

Mind maps created by AYOA can include attachments, imagery, text, videos and many more. Besides mind maps, AYOA can be used to create radial map which is a pie-chat style map ideal for setting goals and visualizing steps in a project. The Whiteboards feature further allows users to capture and organize ideas using sticky notes, annotations and more.'

Device requirement: Android 5.0 and up ,  Content rating: 3+