mLearning for Young Naturalists
Elementary Science Apps on Google Chrome
Adaptations: Science Blog contains a spoken word audio widget for students who have difficulties reading.
Adaptations: Life Stages has increased levels of difficulty to allow students with different learning abilities to work at their own pace as they master concepts.
Adaptations: CK-12 uses a variety of media (ie. video, text, images, etc.) to access the learning styles of different students.
Naming Parts of Animals and Plants
Naming Parts of Animals and Plants allows students to work at their own pace, so that students who need more of a challenge could move on to other diagrams, while other students can redo subjects they have difficulties with. This app also has an option of using Spanish or English, so it could help students with Spanish as their first language understand English Science concepts they have difficulties with.
Adaptations: Students with difficulties writing can use their verbal skills to explain concepts; teachers can type out a transcript of the recording so that students with either hearing or visual impairments will both be able to receive instruction using Voicethread.
Wishing more than one student could approach your IWB at once? This app gives students access to teachers' computers for the purposes of annotation and interaction. This could be used for brainstorming when starting a new unit, filling in lables for an ecosystem or life cycle, or completing a collaborative activity.
Adaptations: Splashtop Classroom eliminates the need to come up to the board for students with mobility issues, and gives a closer image of what is displayed for students who have visual difficulties.
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