Using iPads in Elementary Science

Four easy apps that can help you integrate and innovate.

Literacy Connection

Use Subtext to assign your students close reads that align with your science standards by using your own text. This interactive reading app allows you to group your children and create reading assignments with built in step by step instructions and tasks. Within the text you can embed discussion questions, comprehension checks, polls, links to other websites, links to photos, and more. Subtext can automatically connect to your students’ Edmodo or Google accounts and allow discussion posts within the app to get students communicating and collaborating about science text. Try embedding leveled text from Reading A-Z or to differentiate learning for your students.

Video Content

Brain Pop Jr. allows you to give your students content filled and kid approved videos to engage your students as they learn. You can search from hundreds of videos built right in to give students an informative introduction to a new topic or review. Brain Pop Jr. also has built in quizzes to test their knowledge. Assign your students videos and give them a task to do with their newly learned information so you can work with other students. Try having them use an app idea below to show you what they learned!


Popplet Lite is a terrific way to hold your students accountable while learning. Popplet allows you to create your own organizing notes with just a tap of the finger. Students can insert text, drawings, and photographs to organize their thoughts and notes in any way that makes sense to them. Popplets are great for timelines, cycles, main idea and deatils, and so much more.
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ShowMe is a recording app that allows students to create videos that can really show you what they have learned. This app allows students to record their voice over drawings or images to explain their thinking. Have students annotate and explain a science process such as a life cycle or take a picture of in class experiments and record explanations of their conclusions. Click on the link below to check out a student made science ShowMe!
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