Ok, so today’s app for Android (or I guess iPad too) may not immediately appear as a ‘school related’ app. But trust me for a moment…
So I always used trulia, a Google Maps mashup that lets you search your area for real estate. It provides a nice view of what homes are available in your area. When you find one, it shows you photos, mortgage calculators, and other information.
Now, they recently released apps for Android and iPhones/iPads. This is great for education! I love the possibilities that come along with this. Imagine, if you will, using this in a Social Studies or Economics class. Looking for trends on home prices, population changes, and migration patterns. I can see a good teacher pulling out so many discussion points from this, then providing tablets to groups to research and draw their own generalizations. Lots of possibilities for high order thinking.
The best thing? Trulia provides this app free! Search for Trulia in your Market or App Store.