I paid tribute to my mother in an earlier post and now I feel I should pay my father the same respect. After being a science teacher my father moved into the administrative side of the education world, but he still enjoyed visiting the science classes to not only see the students but to bother the teachers as well. So in honor of my father here are some science apps that can help entertain and teach.
Happy Little Farmer for iOS $1.99
Focused towards the pre-school aged learners this app educates children about the cycle of fruits and vegetables. Through 15 activities the students will work around the farm to help grow crops and keep invaders out. There is also a treasure hunt throughout the game, by collecting all objects the user can create their own customized rabbit house. This is a great app to use as an introduction to life cycles or as an additional resource.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo for iOS and Android $1.99
Rainy day out…why not visit the zoo? The Smithsonian National Zoo app is the perfect way to visit the zoo without leaving your own home. View the live feed cameras to visit the giant pandas gorillas, tigers, lions and flamingos; making learning about animals fun with features that educate children about hundreds of animals from the systems they inhabit, to the sounds they make; test your animal knowledge using the animal index. This app can also be used when you visit the zoo as well, with interactive maps, transportation schedules, and animal demonstration alerts, your day at the zoo will a fun-filled adventure.
Frog Dissection for iOS $3.99
Squeamish and the sight of blood? Not sure if cutting open a frog is really “your thing.” Middle school students will love this alternative to the actual physical dissection. Students will learn about the tools used, as well as the anatomy and the organs of the frog. Quizzes follow at the end of the lessons.
Nearpod for iOS Free
A free app that helps bring the classroom to life through interactive mobile presentations which allows the teachers to create and customize to fit their classroom needs. By creating multimedia presentations the teachers can share the content with students and control the students activity through the app. Students can receive curriculum based assignments that they can submit through the app which will then allow teachers to monitor and activity and measure the results.
NASA App for iOS and Android Free
The NASA App showcases the large collection of the latest NASA content, which includes images and videos, news features and stories, satellite tracking, tweets from top scientists, NASA television, and Third Rock Radio. Perfect for grades 4 and up to help with research and projects.