MOBILE APPS - JUNIOR HIGH
3d cell simulation and stain tool
This application allows users to look at the cell in a 3D simulation, and inspect all organelles. There are videos included that introduce students t the functions of the cell, and a function in which they can stain various parts in order to explore what the organs would look like under a microscope. The app itself is free, and can be found on the iPad or devices that have iOS 7.
An example of how this application can be used is by introducing the students to the features and then asking them to pick three organelles and create a project that they would present to the whole class. After the class has presented all organelles, the students would be given slides and be required to identify the various organelles that they studied. By giving them a 3D simulator, they should have the ability to identify the organelles in real life.
A LIFE CYCLE
Using this application, explore the various chemical cycles that are present on our planet (for example, the water or carbon cycle). With the cycle, create a story that introduces us to the cycle in the most creative way you can. Students may use a variety of mediums to create this story - from a drawing board, video, or even a live-action play.
This will be done in groups, and will be introduced to the whole class. By doing this, the students will be able to learn the cycles in a way that is creative and easy to remember.
The application was developed by the University of Georgia and allows individuals to use their locations to discover and monitor the species within their area. The aim is to document the migration of invasive species. Within the junior high curriculum, one thing that we learn is the interactions of species.
Using this app, students can go out in the community and identify species that may be regarded as invasive or native. By doing so, it would give them a stronger understanding of what was learned in the classroom. This hands-on experience will make a larger impact on the information that is introduced in the classroom.
K12 PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS
iBIOME - WETLANDS, RAINFORESTS, ETC
This online application allows you to identify the elements on the periodic table, and allows the user to select the various elements and have research on them. An activity that can be used with this application is having students spell their names using the periodic letters. By creating a poster with the letters, they could also include one interesting fact associated with the element.
iBiome introduces us to a variety of different ecosystems and how all the community members impact each other. This application can be used as a learning tool that brings together all the relationships that junior high students will learn within ecosystems, and connect all features in a way that is visually appealing. An example of how this can be used in a classroom is by allowing students to explore the app and then create a wetland themselves with their own animals, plants, and atmospheres. They would then connect all the aspects together like how everything is connected in the application.
One of the highlights of my year in grade 8 was doing frog dissections. One of the ways that my teacher at the time prepared us was by allowing us to explore the various parts and tools through an online simulator. This is something that can be repeated in all junior high science rooms. This application is free and therefore easily accessible by students within schools.