Our science department has recently received a set of iPads for classroom use. I am a Biology teacher, and I had the opportunity to browse around for subject specific apps to download. I discovered that apps for biology are sorely lacking. The few I did find were mainly reference material I could get on the web, or far exceeded the 9th/10th grade level.
What I would like to see is interactive apps for monohybrid crosses/Punnett, food webs, natural selection, cells, etc. Does anybody know if these apps for the iPad exist, and where to get them? I'd appreciate any feed back!
Great discussion to post in our group. Hopefully some of our members will respond with suggestions.
Science NetLinks is currently collecting, reviewing and posting science-related apps to use in the classroom. Since we need to review and test the apps before posting, it will take a couple weeks before they are listed on our site. That being said, we have an extensive list that we're working from and I've provided a few apps from that list below. Keep in mind, we haven't tested or reviewed the apps yet, so we can't yet speak to the quality but I thought I'd share what we've found so far.
If you try them out and want to share your thoughts with us, that would be great. We work with a number of educators, but we always appreciate feedback from our users.
Otherwise, we'll keep you (our group) posted of the apps we recommend. Or if you find a great app that we should review, please let us know.
Science NetLinks Project Director
Carolina Biological Supply has a number of apps:
3D Cell Simulation
That's great news! I have already checked out a few of the apps you have listed there.I do like the iCell app, but not many of the others are what I am looking for. Hopefully what you are collecting fits the bill!
Let me know if you come across any good ones for natural selection, Punnett square/Mendel's Laws of Inheritance, food webs, or human body systems. I have lots of good interactive websites for these topics, but I think apps would be useful as well.
Thanks for your help!
You may find some helpful biology apps mentioned in the discussion, Re: Apps for Biology, located in the iPad group. There are also some biology apps included in various posts within the discussion, Re: Best education apps?, located in the Online Tools for Educators group.
You may want to consider joining one or both of these groups that relate to digital devices and software.