There’s a huge quantity of apps designed to help teachers and pupils in Science lessons, so we thought we’d put together a run-down of our favourites:
Molecules by Theodore Grey. £10.49 discount available with Apple VPP or combined purchasing with The Elements (see below).
Explore molecules by twisting, stretching and touching them. Molecules captures the imagination with its scientifically accurate 3D revolving pictures, which can be rotated and zoomed in on. Over 340 molecules can be bent and flexed to experiment with their structural properties and you can even change the temperature to see how the molecule reacts. With beautiful photography and amazing interactive qualities, Molecules will absorb even the most apathetic scientist.
SkyView Free – Explore the Universe
SkyView is simple to use, bringing stargazing into the classroom. The user simply points their iPad camera to the sky to precisely locate and identify stars, constellations satellites and more. The app allows you to set reminders for celestial events, and there’s an option to track the sun and moon throughout the day to see their exact locations in the sky on any date.
Khan Academy – free
The Khan Academy’s slogan is “learn almost anything for free,” and it certainly comes close to delivering on this.
Started by a Hedge Fund Analyst making educational videos for his family, it has now grown in to a full scale learning program helping all ages learn for free. The app has a host of micro lectures delivered through YouTube videos and practical exercises that you can then utilise to reinforce learning.
It has become a big part of the online learning global phenomenon, providing a supportive resource that can be accessed by students and teachers. Using this App as a teacher, you can set the lecture for homework and do the practical in class. Using the micro lectures this way the student can stop, start, rewind and learn at their own pace. Class time can then be used for practical learning and interaction.
The Elements Theodore Grey £10.99 discount available with Apple VPP or purchasing with Molecules (as above).
The Elements is a visual exploration of the periodic table, not just a reference app. Although there are many free apps that display the periodic table, none are as interactive or beautiful as this one.
Stephen Fry described this App as “Alone worth the price of an iPad!” and we are inclined to agree! Each element is presented as a dazzling revolving photograph in extraordinary detail. The second page gives a written account and further fantastic pictures of that element.
Visual anatomy Lite (12+) – free
This app offers high-quality and comprehensive anatomy models. Users can effortlessly navigate the 3D rotating views of the human body or choose between organs, muscles, bones, circulation, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine systems and Gray’s anatomy. There is also a quiz to help cement learning. This is an excellent visual aid for the classroom.