With Apple recently announcing over 1 million apps in their App Store, one would assume finding an App isn’t difficult. You’d be correct in this assumption, however finding an app that can be integrated into education as a learning tool takes a little more consideration. Finding free educational apps that are worth downloading and enable students to make progress poses a challenge.
The following is my top 10 apps for learning that I have found and used recently, these are in no particular order. They are a mixture of formal subject specific learning, while others are more generic in their use. These are intentionally not all academic, they also include apps which students and teachers could use to improve their ability to think creatively, connect classrooms, and promote independent learning.
See. Touch. Learn. You can build custom picture card lessons and automatically track students responses. Includes a starter set of stunning, high-quality images and 60 exercises.
EarthViewer. What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool for tablet computers that allows you to explore the science of Earth’s deep history.
The Phrase Verbs machine. Here you can find animated illustrations of 100 phrasal verbs set in the circus world of ‘Phraso’ and his friends. Frequently, phrasal verbs can have more than one meaning. You can find an example sentences in English and the translation into five different languages. Also included are other meanings when they are useful or necessary to fully understand the phrasal verb.
Flipboard. Flipboard is your personal magazine, filled with the things you care about. You can curate the content to and catch up on the news, discover amazing things from around the world and connect to the people globally.
Orbit Architect. Orbit Architect allows you to interactively design and explore satellite orbital geometry through the multi-touch interface of the iPad. You can manipulate a satellite orbit using pinch and rotate multi-touch gestures, see the effects on the orbit and its ground track in real-time, and animate the results. As you change the orbit, dynamic diagrams will illuminate the meaning of each orbital parameter. Finally, the results can then be emailed to yourself or to a friend. Great for Science lessons!
Solve the Outbreak. Fantastic for global awareness learning. Students get clues, analyse data, solve the case, and save lives! In this fun app they are the Disease Detective. Do they quarantine the village? Talk to people who are sick? Ask for more lab results? The better their answers, the higher your score – and the more quickly they’ll save lives. Students start out as a trainee and can earn badges by solving cases, with the goal of earning the top rank: Disease Detective.
Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries. Students can soar through the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, exploring discoveries from dark energy to colliding galaxies. This highly interactive eBook features video, image galleries and more to reveal the record of scientific breakthroughs behind Hubble’s stunning images of the cosmos.
Comics in the classroom. This is an interesting approach to teaching history to children through digital comics, with topics including Pearl Harbour, Florence Nightingale and Jack the Ripper. Children fill in the speech bubbles to prove their understanding of the subjects. Three comics are included, with additional ones available as 69p in-app purchases.
Bump. Lets students and teachers exchange information, files and videos by touching two devices together. Great for collaborative learning both within and outside the classroom.
I hope you find these as useful as I have.Follow @gary_s_king