True, mobile devices work well across the curriculum. Much time as been spent in this “iPods in Education” series on uses as they relate to Language Arts or geography instruction. This time, I’d like to branch out and look at some uses in science. While I myself am not an expert in the field, I find the possibilities so exciting that I feel the need to add a bit to the conversation about using mobile devices in science instruction.
Firstly, I go to the apps. There are so many apps, both pay and free, that add a richer dimension to the study of science. Here are a sampling of a few of the free apps:
1) Mitosis (free): An app allowing students to learn more about cell division. The app contains text, audio, images and video for a rich and differentiated learning experience.
2) Planets (free): This app is simple but marvelous. It allows students to learn more about the night sky through an interactive view of the night sky. This app uses GPS to locate the whereabouts of the user to give them a view of what the sky should look like for them at that moment – both in 2D and in 3D. As a result, the app is currently only built for the iPhone and iPad.
3) Google Earth (free): Ultimate mapping app. You all know it – it is a great app to use to learn concepts like land formations, land use, altitude, longitude/lattitude, etc.).
4) Molecules (free): This app allows students and teachers to view 3D models of molecules and to obtain relevant information about the molecule shown. Not a static app – new molecules can be continuously downloaded and viewed.
5) Science Glossary (free): This app includes a glossary of scientific terms and short biographies of key scientific figures in human history.
In addition, there are the built in apps that can be utilized during study:
- scientific calculator
- notes app
- camera for capturing images or recording results of experiments (iPhone only but sure to come to the iPod Touch soon)
- Voice notes for recording notes or observations in a different way
There are many digital tools that students can utilize that can assist them in their scientific learning. Please use the comments field to add your own apps and tips for using an iPod in the teaching/learning of science.