Mobile Apps for Biology
Free Apps for Teaching Biology 30
This app could be used in the classroom for student's to independently explore the regions of the brain and learn their functions as an alternative to the teacher lecturing the entire class. Students can learn at their own pace and can access the app at home on their mobile devices for free.
HudsonAlpha iCell 3.0
This is a great alternative to having your students look at nothing but animated versions of the cell interior so that they may be able to better recognize these components when viewing through a microscope. This would serve as a great exploration tool in the classroom for students to compare the different cell organelles between plants and animals.
A review of the app is available below from:
Ziegler, N. (2012, December 14). icell iPad app [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hldNv3PO7fQ
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Biology Expert: Genetics & Cell Biology Quiz
Because Biology Expert is both an app for iPads and iPhones, it could be a great portable tool for students to test their knowledge.
Snurfle Meiosis and Genetics
This could be a great introductory activity into the topic of meiosis for students. Students could learn via the game the different phases of meiosis, be introduced to Punnett squares and how they work, and learn important terminology so that when the topic is addressed in class, the ideas are already familiar to them. This goes back to the idea of flipping the classroom: having students learn information outside of the classroom which is more independent (such as playing a game with information embedded in it), and confirming understanding of the information in class when the teacher is available to help (Fricker, 2014).
Fricker, S. (2014). Module 9 Interactive lecture. EDU 210. [Powerpoint slides].
Biology 30 Endocrine System
This could be a great unit review tool for your Biology 30 unit on the endocrine system, or a refresher for the diploma exam. Students could use this app to assess themselves and then come to the teacher with specific topics within the endocrine unit on which they need further review.