iPad Resources for k12 Science

iPad Science ResourcesScience apps for the classroom

I taught 6th grade science and loved incorporating videos and hands on lessons into almost every lesson.  With the iPad, you can not only search different content on the Internet but there are also apps that can assist you in teaching your content.  Below is a list of science apps that might be helpful to your science content areas.   Please let me know if there are any I need to add that you have found helpful.

BrainPOP Featured Movi (Free) BrainPOP: Película del Día (Spanish Version)
A New Movie EVERY Day!  Learn something different each day with the free BrainPOP Featured Movie App for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch! Watch BrainPOP’s daily animated movie, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz.  BrainPOP’s award-winning educational resources are used by millions of students in thousands of schools across the U.S. and worldwide.  Our topics cover Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Music, and Health – everything from Carnivorous Plants to Abraham Lincoln! All movies are captioned, making it easy to read along.

Science360 for the iPad (Free)
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers.

NASA App (Free)
The first official NASA App invites you to discover a wealth of NASA information right on your iPhone or iPod Touch.  The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package. Come explore with us.

Building Serial Circuits ($0.99)
Using 3D graphics and 2D electronic symbols, you will assemble different types of series circuits using wires, switches, batteries, and light bulbs. In order to better understand the difference between a series and a parallel circuit, build a circuit that illuminates two bulbs and observe what happens when one light bulb is removed.

Science Fun To Go (Free)
Get kids excited about science by putting fun activities and engaging, illustrated books right in the palm of their hands!  You and your kids can enjoy these free activities:  Explore today’s Science News in the Seymour Science blog.  Watch videos, including trailers for Seymour’s new books and an interview with Seymour Simon.  Try your hand at the always-fascinating Fact or Fiction? science information game.

Molecules (Free)
Molecules is an application for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once. These structures can be viewed in both ball-and-stick and spacefilling visualization modes.

Periodic Table of the Elements (Free)
This is a standard periodic table of the elements – a necessity for anyone interested in or even exposed chemistry. However, the version differs in that instead of cramming all the information for an element into one little square, you can select a chemical attribute and have the entire chart color coded to plainly show how the different elements vary with regard to the selected trait

General Apps Links

Here is the Apple in Education link to seach the recommended Education Apps for the iPad and iPod touch and iPhone.  This link gives some suggestions, but it does not give all the apps that are in the education category.  It is at least a place to start.

  • APPitic  – This is a great site with over 1,300 reviews done by Apple Distinguised Educations.  These apps have been tested in different grade levels with many different instructional strategies. 
  • Mind Leap  – This is an excellent site that rates its apps on a five star scale.  Also, gives reviews on educational quality, engagement factor, and shelf life.  
  • IEAR – This is a great site to visit.  This site provides reviewed apps by teachers and you can look at many different categories and subject areas.
  • Ipad Curriculum – This is a great blog that reviews iPad apps and gives ideas on how to implement them into your classroom.  This has a nice search bar.
  • Lucy’s Ipad Resources – This link is to a Google Doc that has a variety of topics from classroom apps to articles about apps.
  • 40 Amazing Educational Apps for Kids – This site provides different apps sorted by subject area.
  • Dozier Elementary, A Sea of iPad Resources –  Search for K-5 iPad apps selected by Dozier Elementary in Louisiana. 
  • Middle School Ipad Apps – This page will house suggested iPad apps for Middle Schools. (Primary Contact: John Shoemaker john.shoemaker@palmbeachschools.org)
  • App Annie – This link has a lot of different apps sorted by paid, free, and grossing. 


List Created By:  Erik Cliff, Communications by Design


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