As of March 2018, Science 360 is the only app still available.
“There’s an app for that” is a phrase that’s music to my ears. I guess you can consider me an “app geek”; I love finding out about new apps! I believe that technology is a great tool and that apps help us use the tool even better.
I especially like educational apps because they seem to provide extra engagement for students. Although I am not an educator, I do work in the education industry, so I am quick to see how apps can potentially help teachers and their students.
Since this is BJU Press’s fortieth anniversary and Physical Science was the first book we published, I want to review some science apps. My hope is that you’ll discover something new to enhance some of your lesson plans.
Let’s start with a general science app. Science 360 for iPad is a free app filled with many videos created by the National Science Foundation. Those videos cover a wide variety of science-related topics, so they are appropriate for all grade levels. And if you’re participating in a flipped classroom, this app is perfect for assigning videos to students to watch the night before class. You could even add these videos to your PowerPoint lectures.
CPO Science designed a set of three science glossary apps—PhysicalSci, Interactive Science Glossary: Life Science, and Interactive Science Glossary: Earth Science. Something I love about these apps is that they don’t just give lists of glossary terms; they are interactive. When you open one of the apps, there’s a list of categories within that field of science. For example, the PhysicalSci app includes categories such as force and motion. Under each category, major terms are listed in alphabetical order. Choose a term, and you’ll see a featured video and other related content. You can even view the terms as flashcards. So these three apps are really a great way to add yet another layer of engagement to the science class.
I remember the labs in the science classes I’ve taken. There always seemed to be a hassle with setting up and cleaning up. Xperica HD is a good way to have interactive science experiments without the mess. (I’m sure my teacher would have appreciated it!) The app is free and comes preloaded with four different experiments; if you want to access more experiments, they are available for a reasonable fee. What’s great about this app is that it’s truly interactive! Each experiment is all touch-based and has extra content that explains more about the concept it illustrates. Xperica HD seems especially appropriate for homeschools or for middle school and high school science classes that don’t have the budget, space, or time for traditional experiments.
Hopefully, these apps help! Like I said, I love finding new apps and sharing them with others.
What are some apps you’ve found helpful for your lessons?