Apps for the Science Classroom

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The way society is progressing, technology is becoming an crucial part of the classroom. Technology has opened so many more doors that were closed, if not non-existent, prior to these technological advancements. As Heidi-Hayes Jacobs had stated,

Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event”

So, this thought had really motivated me to do a little digging and find some useful apps/websites I can use in my science lessons in the future. Here is the list I came up with:

 

1. Science360– this is a great website that has tons of interesting videos that teach different lessons in science. There is a bunch of topics and can be used for just about any lesson.

2. iCell App– this app is a great resource for teaching about cells (go figure…) which is sometimes a difficult topic to cover as its hard to grasp concepts you can’t see. The reason this may work better than the previous method, which was usually the teacher drawing on the board, is because not all teachers are great at drawing and just makes it more confusing at times.

3. Virtual Frog Dissection– although this is a $3.00 app, this app is a lot cheaper than an actual frog to dissect. This app is a great alternative for students who don’t feel comfortable dissecting something that was actually living- I know the smell a lone is sometimes strong enough to make me queasy.

4. Human Body App– this is another $3.00 app but is a great visual aide when teaching about the human body. It is impossible to actually show the inside of a human body (which I would not want to see anyways), the only other option is the pictures in the textbook or on posters, so this app provides as a beneficial resource.

5. GoSkyWatch Planetarium App– this is a free app that allows students to interactively look for constellations as well as stars and planet. From my experience, students always learn best when they’re able to learn while interacting. This app allows students to take control of their learning and focus on the things topics that interest them the most.

6. Project Noah App– this is a nature-lovers and biology app. This app is free and allows people to take pictures of wildlife that then identifies its species and information regarding that animal. This is a fun, interactive app that makes biology and teaching about the animal kingdom more interesting.

7. Gene Screen App– this is a free app for an Apple device. Genes is a topic I found a little more challenging in high school because its a topic that’s not addressed in previous classes. Because of this, this app would be so beneficial to help learn these concepts.

8. 3D Brain App– this is a free app for any device for both Android and Apple. This is a great app for identifying parts of the brain, where they’re located, and further information about it. Not only will visual learners benefit, but the entire class will because its an interactive app that’s easier to learn from then a picture in the textbook.

9. Biology for Kids-microorganisms– as I’ve stated before, interactive learning is extremely beneficial to encourage learning and interest students to science. I’ve used this website when teaching microorganisms and helped me better understand these concepts.

10. Science for Kids– this is a fun website to play around with for young students. There are interesting facts, games, and many different topics this website covers. I would plan to introduce this website to my class and allow time for them to investigate it and spend their time in whatever topic that interests them. By doing this, I would hope to motivate and initiate inquiry regarding these science topics which will transfer over to other classes.

 

All of these apps/websites could be easily be integrated into the classroom. A lot of concepts in science are things that can’t be seen visually without the use of technology (cells, atoms, genes, etc), so, with technology, these concepts can be taught interactively and much more easier than other methods.

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