Biology Classroom Mobile Apps
Biology 20 and 30
HudsonAlpha iCell is an interactive app that shows users the inside of cells, providing names of parts, explanations of functions and some present day research taking place in regards to those cell types and organelles.
I would use this app to have my students practice recognizing cell organelles and their functions. As well, I would have students look at current research on cells and create a project based on their findings. I think this app is great because it connects students' learning to real-life application,
Mitosis is an app that walks users through the process of mitosis. It also includes pictures and videos of mitosis taking place under a microscope, a glossary and a quiz to test knowledge of mitosis.
After explaining in class what mitosis is, I would have each of the students watch the videos and go through the explanations of mitosis. I would then have them do a project and create their own project/video explanation of their understanding.
3D Respiratory System is an app that explains the anatomy, function and some disorders of the respiratory system, along with 3D renderings of overall system.
It can be difficult to picture anatomy from pictures, so I would use this app to go through the initial explanations of the respiratory system with the students. We would follow along with the app and explain any questions the students have as we go along. That way the students would also have access to the original material of the introduction of the topic.
Quizlet is an app that can be used to make virtual flashcards and practice with the flashcards. It gives users the ability to select whether they got the answer correct or not and will ask incorrectly answered questions again until they are mastered. In addition, users have access to flashcards made by other Quizlet users. Pictures can also be included on the flashcards.
I would have my students each create a few flashcards and then combine them all. This way, students can learn from each other and have practice with writing questions as well as answering those questions.
Gene Screen is an app all about genetics. It explains more simple terms of genetics and gets into some more detailed information concerning specific genetic diseases.
I would use gene screen as the starting point for a project. Students would pick a genetic disease and choose some way to present what they learned, eg. video, poster, powerpoint, comic, etc. The application outside of the classroom would help to make what they learned more meaningful.