Learning about earth science from a textbook is nothing like experiencing it in action. Through videos, pictures and other interactive material, students can better understand the concepts they are learning in earth science class. These top 7 apps for earth science teachers offer multiple ways for teachers to make the content of their earth science classes more interactive and engaging.
The Just Science app can help students explore the science behind climate change. Featured in the app are maps that highlight the temperature in different parts of the world and show how temperatures have changed over time. Also included in the app are news articles and links to relevant Wikipedia content.
While the Earth Science Regents Study app is designed to prepare students for the New York State Regents Exam for earth science, it also serves as a useful tool for other earth science teachers. The app comes with over 200 questions from past exams, as well as nearly 500 flash cards for studying popular earth science topics.
Project Noah helps students identify the organisms they find around them. With the app, they can take pictures of wildlife and upload it to the database or ask for information on the species. They can also use the location-based field guide to find things to look for during nature walks or self-identify some of the wildlife they find.
Geotimescale is a simple app designed to help students quickly find information about specific areas in history. Just by opening the app students can see the major eons, epochs and periods in the Earth’s history and the dates they span. Clicking on individual periods provides the opportunity to gain more information, such as major events or the creatures living during the period.
Planet Earth 3D allows students to explore the Earth. The app features a 3D model of the Earth that students can rotate and explore. It also includes information about the structure and rotation of the Earth and a discussion of the moon and stars as well.
With the Whatchamacology app, students have an easier time learning their earth science vocabulary words. The app features multiple games to help students practice using key scientific terms. Students can use the Earth and space words already included in the app or add their own terms and definitions to make studying easier.
SciSpy is designed to help users learn about the world around them. With the app, users submit pictures of plants, animals and other natural elements they find. Those images are then included in an online database. They can be identified by others or used to help conduct scientific research. The app itself will encourage students to take an interest in nature and feel like experts in their own part of the world.
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