Mobile Apps for Science
In this module we are finding apps that allow for integration of mLearning in the classroom, in order to enhance the learning environment.
App 1 : Virtual Frog Dissection
What is it? : This is an app that provides an alternative and ethical way to complete a frog dissection on your computer rather than live.
How can it be used? : This app could be used for the student that a more squeamish, provides them with a chance to participate in the dissection without actually having to cut into an actual frog. As well as allowing a student to do the dissection, once a student clicks on a specific organ, the app gives the child information about where it's locate in the body, and how it functions within the body. This app also provides a quiz at the end that the children can complete.
App 2 : Smithsonian National Zoo
What is it? : This app allows anyone in the world to enjoy the Smithsonian National Zoo without having to physically be there.
How can it be used? : Students can use this app to learn about hundreds of zoo animals, the noises they make, and the ecosystems they inhabit (Nationalzoo.si.edu, 2014). A class can also watch live stream videos of the animals that inhabit the zoo.
Nationalzoo.si.edu,. (2014). App - National Zoo. Retrieved 28 May 2014,from http://nationalzoo.si.edu/smithsoniannationalzooa...
App 3 : NASA App
What is it? : This app allows students to learn about astronomy, current NASA mission information,it provides them access to pictures, videos, and feature stories, and they can even connect to NASA by Twitter and Facebook.
How can it be used? : This app can be used to bring space into a classroom it provides teachers and student with current NASA mission information, over 12,000 images (and growing everyday), latest news & feature stories,on demand NASA videos, live streaming of NASA TV, current visible passes for the International Space Station (ISS) and notifications, and launch information & countdown clocks (NASA, 2014). This allows student to engage with the unit of planets and outer space by not only seeing it, but also hearing/seeing what is currently going on in the way of space exploration at NASA.
NASA,. (2014). The NASA App for Smartphones and Tablets. Retrieved 28 May 2014, from http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/iphone /index.html#.U4Yk0Cif8-8
App 4 : Brainpop: Featured movie
What is it? : This is an app that contains science videos addressing topics in earth, life, and physical sciences, including weather, space, and physics(Greene, 2014).
How can it be used? : This can be used in the classroom to browse a large number of videos on ranging topics, but for science it can be used to watch movies and take quizzes in whichever science topic the teacher chooses to discuss.
App 5 : Nearpod
What is it? : This is an app that allows a teacher to create interactive mobile lessons.
How can it be used? : A teacher can create a interactive science lesson using this app. And then share it with the students and control the students activity in real time (Nearpod.com, 2014). Students can then interact with the instructor and each other through any device, answering questions and giving feedback. Finally, the teacher can monitor and eventually evaluate on a individual basis how the student did in the lesson using this interactive app.
Nearpod.com,. (2014). Nearpod - How it Works. Retrieved 28 May 2014, from http://nearpod.com/how-it-works/