I had the job of registering and uploading 20 iPods for a Secondary School in Bradford – after a brief training session from the local CLC about how to do it, I embarked on the task – pretty straight forward really.
The next job was to choose, justify and select learning Apps for the devices. After speaking with the staff involved I came up with the following. I have split the Apps into learning and specific to Science.
Aurasma – for Augmented Reality (see previous post on AR for learning)
I-nigma – a QR reader
Twitterific – Twitter app for class feedback/research (see previous post – 30 ways to use Twitter to accelerate learning)
Dragon Dictation – turning vocal recognition into text for reluctant writers
Evernote – app for taking notes in lessons (text, photos and videos)
Posterous – for blogging – I will be posting more about this in the future
FlashCard App – huge library of pre made flash cards and options for students to create their own flash cards
Wikipedia – for research
Wordweb – nice online dictionary and thesauras
TED – for inspirational speakers and speaches
Calculator – a nice student based calculator with scribing/testing options
BMI Calculator – easy to use BMI calculator
Science Glossary – a huge index of Science related keywords – includes terms and Scientists
Data Logger – haven’t had a great deal of time to play around with this – looks more for KS4 high ability & KS5
Collider Game – completely addictive physics game about attracting and repelling charged particles
Finger Physics Game – another addictive game developing students lateral thinking skills about forces, magnets, gravity etc
Molecules – visual 3D image of various molecules (DNA, Insulin, Caffeine etc) rotates and enlarges
iElements – nice Periodic Table App displaying information on all the elements
PopScience – relevant and interesting Science related articles perfect for How Science Works
101 Science Q’s – quick fire Science questions for Biology, Physics and Chemistry
GCSE Science – simple Science revision facts for GCSE covering majority of spec’
Science Lab – well designed Q&A quiz based app for Science
Science Facts x 2 – nifty apps for trivial yet intersting Science facts perfect for student curiosity
Human Fact – similar to above but all about the human body, has a nice “shake for next fact”
Talking John – a good way to teach about bacteria? I think so!
Fat Face – an engaging way to help students present resources about healthy eating and a balanced diet (ta to @57 mason for the idea)
Human Anatomy – revision and testing app on the anatomy of the human body – includes skeletal, muscular, digestive, nervous, endocrine and reproductory system)
Sky View – really smart for app for reserching about the solar system
Elementals – fun app for learning about the elements (probably best for KS3 as there are a few issues with elcectonic structure not being displayed as well as they could be)
All these Apps were completely free – what do you think? Have I missed any off? Do I need to upload some more? Which ones? Would be really interested to read your comments….