Mobile Apps to use in the Class.
This Tackk will explore five Apps that are available for iOS phones or tablets, conveniently the default image actually works really well for this too! I chose Apple's iOS just because it's what I use at the moment, and have easy access to the iTunes store to explore. The format for each review will include the Title of the App, in the form or a button that you can click to visit the store website, a brief description, and how it can be used in the classroom (or outside the classroom more importantly sometimes).
Sky Guide is an astronomy reference guide for mobile devices. It allows one to track, identify and find stellar, planetary, or even man-made objects in the sky (both night and day). It is free in it's base form which makes it ideal for educational purposes, and includes significant writings on the objects one may be looking at. It is an excellent resource for taking out into the field with the class on a night time field trip. It can integrate with your location and time, and using the compass built into the device, show you what your looking at. It also has an Haddon that let's you track satellites too, such as the ISS... I might actually be able to take a picture of the ISS going in front of the Moon or Sun with the help of this App (okay, that's a me thing, but students to know when to watch the sky and actually see it fly overhead which is pretty dam cool if you ask me!)
The NASA App is another great tool for teaching anything and everything to do with space. It features links to videos, news feeds, live feeds, current and past mission information, images, and all things space. It is a great reference for space exploration. It provides access to a wealth of resources that can be used in the classroom, from interviews with astronauts, to videos of landing on the Moon. It's quiet simply a must have App for any teacher teaching the Space Exploration section of Science 9.
This is exactly what it sounds like. It is an electronic version the other periodic table. It includes the symbols, names, mass, properties of all the elements on the table. This obviously has extreme values for any teacher teaching chemistry, as it allows students access to all the data they may need on an element in a simple to use interface.
This is an amazing App for learning and teaching, but not because of what the App itself does, but because of what it gives you access to. It give you an interface through which you can use any of the courses offered through iTunes University. It's has access to a large catalogue of FREE educational content that has been published online. The limits of what you can use this for are simply limited by your own imagination, but I see the greatest potential in things like computer sciences, or other 'options' in which students may have more freedom in what they choose to learn. For example, I am currently teaching myself 3d animation using one of the courses available through the application (something that a student might want to do, but a teacher might not have the knowledge to teach).
This is the Edutainment option I'm picking. It's very similar to a game my brother and I played with when we were kids. It allows you to create gravitational bodies, add a velocity, and see what happens if they follow Newtons laws. It's actually pretty darn fun to try and make a working solar system, and you do learn things by trial and error. It can also allow students to test hypotheses regarding the effects of gravity on an object, which is useful in any physics class.