This post has a list of educational apps for Android phones and tablets that I have discovered. I can’t claim that each app is the best for it’s purpose, but I’ve tested out each one and found it to be useful.
I am separating the lists into apps that have full functionality when offline and those which require Internet access. Sometimes it’s handy to be able to load up your phone with apps that you can use later when there’s no net access.
Quick Apps that Don’t Need Internet Access
Here are some apps that can be quickly used without much prior knowledge and without Internet access.
There are some educational related categories of apps where there are many apps performing similar tasks, so instead of trying to find one app that could be claimed to be best I’ll just list what you can search for in the Android market. If you know of one particular app in some category that stands out then let me know.
“Wikipedia”. There are many apps that read Wikipedia online that work in different ways and none of them really satisfy me. But you need to have one of them.
“Conway’s Life” is the classic cellular automata game.
“Bridge construction” games are good for teaching some principles of engineering. There are many such games with slightly different features.
A “graphing” calculator. In the olden days a graphing calculator cost $100 or more, now there is a range of free apps to do it. Some apps only support a single graph, but apart from that they all seem OK.
“Fractal” generating programs can be educational, but only if you have some idea of the maths behind them.
“Stop motion” generation programs, also “gif creator” can find some good matches. I haven’t been really satisfied with any of the programs I’ve tried, but some have worked well enough for my needs. Let me know if you find a really good one.