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Science Teachers Sharing Session ~ January 2013

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Apps are plentiful and we cannot keep current on all app offerings or those that are recently developed. This list is an attempt to put together 10+ apps that teachers in our districts are finding useful in the area of K-12 science. We have also included a few links near the bottom of sites that list apps by subject area that might be useful. This list will evolve as we continue to have workshops and explore new apps.
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Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collections: This app may just have the longest title of any app, but that is no slant on its usefulness. This app gives you access to the world's largest collection of dinosaur fossils as photos and recreations, and that adds up to hundreds of individual images. Zoom in on photos, or flip them over to reveal a collection of dinosaur facts. You can even create mosaic pictures of dinosaurs!

Atom in a Box: The Atom in a Box app will help visualize the Hydrogenic atomic orbitals.

The Weather Channel: Every good Science and Social teacher needs a decent weather app, and this one falls neatly into that category. This app is packed with features such as local and national weather alerts, customizable radar maps, location based forecasts, and video of local, national and international weather. You can view hourly, daily or even 10 day forecasts. The 200,000 downloads of this app confirm that this really is one of the top Apple iPod touch apps available.


Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy This app displays the night sky just as you’re seeing it, but with more detail and descriptions of constellations and stars.

The Chemical Touch View the periodic table and learn about chemical properties with this app.

101 Science: Currently only compatible with OS 3.0 and above, (a backward compatible version is due soon), this great Science app quizzes 8-12 year olds on their Science knowledge. There are questions on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Science and Earth Science. There are only a set number of questions, but this is a handy revision tool that covers many aspects of Science in the classroom.

Science Glossary: This Science glossary has the rare feature of being bilingual. You can read it in English or Spanish. The glossary has hundreds of scientific terms and also some mini biographies of some luminaries from the world of Science. Technical terms within the definitions are linked to other entries in the glossary and the navigation is clear and easy to follow. If you need a Science glossary that is quick and easy to access, then this is the one for you.

IMG_0093.PNGGoogle Earth: Who doesn't love Google Earth? Whether you use it on a SmartBoard, desktop, or on your iPod touch, you can't fail to be impressed by what you can get for free from Google. Spin the globe or navigate the planet with a swift swipe of your finger, zoom in and out by pinching, and tilt the world by tilting your iPod touch. Students love it. The iPod touch and iPhone version includes all the same hi-res images you get on the desktop version, can easily be used by both Science and Social Studies teachers, but it does need 211 mb of free space and a WiFi connection.

Planets: The publishers of this popular star gazing app claim over 2.5 million downloads so far. You can view the solar system and constellations in 2D or 3D renderings, and find facts and information on all the planets and their moons. It shows sun rise and sunset times, as well as moon phases. For what it provides, this app has few, if any, rivals and it does it all for free. This is one of the best Apple iPod touch apps available for educator
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The Chemical Touch (Lite): Save yourself the hassle of carrying around a textbook, when all you need is your iPod touch. The Chemical Touch Lite provides a clear and simple periodic table. Mass, density, boiling points, and more are available for each of the color coded elements, and if that is not enough, the Internet button will connect you to the Wikipedia entry for the element in question. It is also available in French and other languages too.

NASA: The NASA app is a must for any space related projects. There are an extensive collection of images and videos that catalog the most important moments in space flight history. Launch information, countdown clocks, mission histories, and pictures of the day are just some of the great features you can look forward to. You can even track the movements of the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth, and find out what time you may be able to best see it from the ground



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