Science can be a struggle for many students, especially those who do not have logical/mathematical brains. Start off the school year by directing your students toward educational apps that will make science a little easier. These 8 back to school educational apps for science teachers will engage students outside of the classroom and may make good tools to use in class as well.
Video Science offers hands-on science lessons presented in video format. Teachers can use the app to demonstrate how to perform experiments in class or students can get ideas for experiments to perform while they’re at home.
Wolfram Alpha helps students answer all of their burning science questions. From solving problems to unit conversion and finding general data sets, this app is chock full of information. Students can use it in lieu of a textbook to quickly find the information they need to help in class or with homework assignments.
The Elements brings the Periodic Table to life. This app features a clickable Periodic Table that describes each element in detail, including a feature that shows students objects related to the elements and stunning graphics to represent the elements.
Science Facts Pro features over 1,000 scientific facts to fascinate students. Use these facts to enhance lesson plans or encourage students to browse the facts on their own as a way of getting them excited about science.
Starmap calls itself a “planetarium in your pocket.” This astronomy app features a compass which helps locate stars, constellations and other features in the nighttime sky.
The NIOSH Chemical Hazards app is a must-have for the chemistry classroom. Students can use the app to learn about the appearance of different chemicals, what they react with and how they should be properly measured and used. It’s also a good app for teachers to reference before conducting any experiments.
Science Glossary features definitions of common scientific terms and biographies of well-known scientists. It will serve as a go-to resource for science students who need to brush up on their vocabulary and general scientific knowledge.
TED’s videos features talks from some of the most interesting, knowledgeable people in the world, including many in the world of science, medicine and technology. The app includes a collection of TED videos, many of which bring a real-life focus to the concepts students are studying in class.
Your visual, kinesthetic and overall creative learners will benefit greatly from these 8 science apps and you will too. They will make lesson planning easier and class more engaging, helping improve achievement in your classroom and increase students’ scientific knowledge.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.