Sciences

Chemistry 30 and Biology 30

Introduction

Educational mobile apps can be used to enhance lessons and personalize learning to individual students. Leveraging the use of technology using digital skills are important for students in the 21st century, as students must learn how to use their cellphones responsibly to become digital citizen. There are different apps that I can use when teaching sciences for my secondary students, for examples chemistry 30 and Biology 30. This is a good start for my teaching journey as it will continue to grow. It's also very important to know when and how to use these devices to augment the objectives curricula.

App no. 1: VideoScience

VideoScience is a collection of over 80 short hands-on short videos that allows for creation of digital scientific experiments. VideoScience is also a 'virtual toolkit' for students, as students can watch experiments that are performed by a chemistry teacher. For example, students can learn about copper ion in solution that can be accessed in class and at home. Students can also reflect about their learning based on topic objectives, and discussions about the reactions and the results of the experiments.
VideoScience in the Classrooms

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App no. 2: The Elements: A Visiual Exploration

The Elements: A Visual Exploration is 3D interactive figures that provides in depth information on 126 elements in their natural states. Students can click on any element to visually learn and compare in more graphic detailed facts between element including images, atomic symbol, atomic number, weight, electronegativity, isotopes, electron shells, atomic widths and graphs of element properties. As Lehrer sings about the periodic table elements, students can spin the elements for facts. I would also use this app while my students are learning about chemical reactions, and the results of chemical reactions due to properties of elements.
The BEST periodic table app on the market - The Elements: A Visual Exploration - app demo

App no. 3: Animoto

Animoto is a powerful web-based app that allows to create and share videos and slideshows using images, video clips and music. Once the video is made, it is an easy and fun app to use and share with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, WordPress.
Students can use this app to create videos or a slideshows of the ecosystem and the conjugation relationship between living and non-living relationship of the environment and nature . Students can be very creative, as they can search for more info and share their videos with their peers. Animoto also enhances group work and collaboration among peers.
Animoto in the Classrooms

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How to use Animoto in the classroom

App no. 4: Papers 3 for iOS

Papers 3 for iOS is a universal app for both Apple and Android phones that saves money and green all the way! Since science relays heavily on research and papers, Papers 3 allows management and access to scientific journal articles anywhere and anytime, for example in a field trip; 'Your library, to go'. The research work can be imported and synced back with Paper library using Dropbox in computer at home used for reading, annotation and citations. As a teacher, I would ask my students to work in groups to collaborate on class topics, for example the respiratory system in the human body. Students can use Papers to research and learn more in depth for new content by accessing Google Scholar, PubMed, ACM, Web of Science, JSTOR...etc. Students can also import their own PDF files, and even view content in Word or PowerPoint for notes and to share their research and sketches with their peers.
Papers 3 for iPad/iPhone

App no. 5: Chemistry Formulas Practice Lite

Chemistry Formulas Practice Lite app by Carolina Biological Supply that lists the polyatomic ions and organic functional groups and designed specifically for secondary students. It is an interactive app that stimulates students' skills in chemistry of practicing in naming compounds, writing chemical formulas and balancing chemical equations. After my students and I discuss the chemical formulas, this will be a great app for immediate feedback in classrooms, which can reflect on students' understanding of chemical compounds and formulas. Students can also practice polyatomic ions, hydrocarbons, functional groups, ionic and molecular compounds.

App no. 6: SyncSpace Shared Whiteboard

Sync Space Shared Whiteboard is a great interactive whiteboard drawing app for both Android and iOS devices with a zoomable text. Students can personalize their learning by creating drawings and documents, sharing ideas and brainstorming using drawing and typing tools, or simply scribbles. I would enhance creativity and shared collaborative whiteboard among students by asking students to draw, type or scribble what they have learned about a curriculum topic, for example, cell division. Students can share their drawings, notes, ideas, questions with their peers by sending a link of their drawings to their peers, or by emails as PDF. Students can also share their drawings and notes with whiteboard or social network (Facebook and Twitter), and back up their drawings and documents via Dropbox or Evernote.
iPadagogy - App Review - SyncSpace Tutorial

App no. 7: Aurasma

Aurasma is an augmented reality app that allows us to make 3 D images that brings out to 'life' by creating 'auras' or video overlays in the formation of animations and web pages. Then people can pass their devices including iPad and mobile phones (smartphones, iPhones and android) over the image that was 'augmented' as the video created pops out to 3D videos presenting content. This app can make lessons exciting and fun to learn digital content for secondary students. After teachers created their 'Auras', they can uploaded to their Auras studio along with their lesson plans. It's a great tool for collaboration or individual work. For example, I could use this app to explain the scientific background of experiments after students points their cellphones on the images of chemical reactions.
Teaching with Aurasma

App no. 8: Froguts

Froguts is a great app to engage students with virtual frog dissection, with an interactive 3D simulation of anatomy and physiology. It can also be used to reduce learning barriers, since Froguts has the options to use audio narration, captioned text and 3D images to explain biology concepts for students with hearing or blind disability. Students can also be assessed with quizzes and obtain a printable certificate after succeeding at each level. Froguts can enhance understanding of lesson objectives, but does not replace traditional dissection in classes. I could use this tool to significantly enhance teaching my students about human body systems such as digestion, respiratory...etc.
Frog Dissection for iPad

References

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sciencefoundation.org. Science House Foundation. 2010. Experiments. Retrieved from:
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teachweb2.com. 2014. Animoto. Retrieved from:
http://teachweb2.wikispaces.com/Animoto

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YywecvTDT0Q

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxN4YOr2hHI

wordpress.com. smithsciencegms. 2013. Augmented Reality in the Science Classrooms. Retrieved from: http://smithsciencegms.wordpress.com/tag/aurasma/

Youtube.com. 2013. Teaching with Aurasma. Retrieved from:
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