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Elementary Science Apps on Google Chrome

After researching a number of apps available on Google Chrome, I have chosen a few that are particularly applicable to the Elementary Science class. Of these, I have assessed them for how they can add adaptability to the learning environment to make it more inclusive for students with various learning difficulties.

Science Blog

Need to explain early Science and nature questions for young learners? This app has simple explanations for a variety of concepts, including bugs, constellations and more!


Adaptations: Science Blog contains a spoken word audio widget for students who have difficulties reading.


www.bigworldlittleprofessors.com

Life Stages

This app helps students practice ordering the life cycles of various animals and plants, teaching about these animals as well as delivering critical thinking and sequencing skills.


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.


http://sarahjlstaging.co.uk/storm/life-stages-2/

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CK-12

Looking for free resources to help plan your Elementary Science class? This app has lesson plans, readings, activities and assessments for different grade levels to enhance student learning. One benefit of this app for students is the flashcards and practice exams it contains for review purposes.


Adaptations: CK-12 uses a variety of media (ie. video, text, images, etc.) to access the learning styles of different students.


www.ck12.org

CK-12 Overview

Naming Parts of Animals and Plants

Think your students are getting bored of worksheets that tell them to label parts of plants and animals? This app engages students through interactive diagrams that allow them to review the nomenclature of plant and animal parts. It can be used for review purposes in plant and animal units.


Adaptations

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.


www.stormeducational.co.uk

Voicethread

Tired of assigning written assignments to assess your Science class? This app allows students to explain concepts using photographs and their own speech. Teachers could instruct students to upload images of an animal or landscape and direct students to make a recording of various details about that concept. Alternatively, teachers could create topical Voicethreads to upload for student review.


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.


voicethread.com

Splashtop Classroom

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.


http://education.splashtop.com

Splashtop Classroom allows teachers to share their desktop and applications with student devices

Sources

Chrome Web Store. (n.d.). Retrieved March 16, 2015, from https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps


5 Apps To Promote Student-Centered Learning. (2013, February 10). Retrieved March 16, 2015, from http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/5-apps-to-promote-student-centered-learning/


Life Stages. (2014). Retrieved March 16, 2015, from http://sarahjlstaging.co.uk/storm/life-stages-2/


Mobile Learning k-12. (n.d.). Retrieved March 16, 2015, from http://www.scoop.it/t/mobile-learning-k-12?page=1


Terrell, S. (2012, July 31). 2o Fun Free Apps that Promote Student-Centered Learning and Literacy. Retrieved March 16, 2015, from http://www.techlearning.com/default.aspx?tabid=100&entryid=4583