The Kindle Fire offers functionality that can compete with the iPad at a fraction of the cost. Educational institutions should consider it a viable alternative.
Guest Post from Sapna Rawat.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire took off like a rocket when it was introduced, and it is the first tablet that has offered significant competition to the iPad. Kindle Fire is a mini tablet computer and was released late last year with full support from the extensive library that Amazon possesses. With an extensive collection of books, movies, photos, games and apps in their own library, Amazon seems to have found just the right answer for the iPad, given the fact that Kindle Fire costs roughly half of what the iPad costs (depending on configuration).
Some experts have called it a virtual answer to public libraries, but can Kindle Fire be used to enhance levels of 1-to-1 interactions and other capabilities for students in schools? Amazon boasts a collection of almost ten thousand movies and a hundred thousand books. Other features include a Wi-Fi connection, the ability to check emails and social media networks, and thousands of Android apps. There are a lot of possibilities here, not radically different from those offered by the iPad.
Following are a handful of educational applications and resources available on the Kindle Fire, to give a sense of those possibilities:
“101 Best Android Apps in Education” (http://101bestandroidapps.com/category/education/) –
While this extensive listing of Android apps for education includes some that probably questionable for instructional use, there are plenty of good candidates here to consider.
Evernote – This is one of the most preferred note-taking apps, and Evernote notes can be accessed from myriad devices.
Vocopedia – A a flashcard-based vocabulary builder app containing almost 4000 English words and their synonyms. Vocopedia is suitable for preparation for competitive exams like the GRE, SAT, TOEFL, and CAT and other exams that includes a verbal section.
Multiplication Genius – “Help your kids to master 12 Times Table! Practice mode help your kids practice multiplication step by step, they can choose which Time Tables they want to practice.”
All the educational video content on the Internet – With no Flash video limitations (a shortcoming of the iPad that requires special applications to overcome), the Kindle can play them all!
The Kindle is an exciting tablet alternative. It's going to be interesting to see where and how it fits in the realm of viable tablet offerings for educational use!
Author Biography: This is a guest article written by Sapna, Manager at Taaza.com, an Indian horizontal site. Significant verticals include Jobs, Classifieds, News, Education, Photos, Movies, Shopping and Finance.
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