Surprisingly, there are quite a few anatomy and physiology apps available on the market. Not all are created equal, however. Some have such poor illustrations, there is little advantage to having the app versus looking at the pages of a book. A few, however pop out with greatness, with images in vivid color, rich with detail, and explanations that are valuable. For the younger kids, interactivity makes learning fun, while older kids can use their apps to explore in much more detail. This list of five apps are some of the best out there and are sure to help your students engage and interact with anatomy in ways you never dreamed of!
A super fun app for young kids, including pre-readers, This is My Body introduces kids to the various body systems in a simple, easy to understand fashion. Fun graphics combined with informative narration read by kids for kids will keep children engaged while learning. Besides explaining the body systems, the app also teaches kids about growing and the things that are the same and different about all human bodies. Platform: iOS 5.0 or later, iPad compatible Cost: $1.99.
Another fantastic and fun app for young kids, The Human Body allows children to see the effects of a mosquito bite on the nervous system, how an ice cream cone is digested, and so much more. All the body systems are presented, and interactive features allow kids to explore to their heart’s content. Pull bones out of limbs, and watch the limb become limp. Make the animation run, and… even pass gas. Kids will have fun while learning! This app is appropriate for kids in elementary and middle school, so a step up from This is My Body. Platform: iPhone and iPad, iOS 5.0 and later. Cost: $2.99.
Definitely an app for high school students, this is an excellent resource. The app allows users to view 3D versions of both male and female anatomical models, investigating systems, organs, veins, and nerves. The ability to rotate and zoom, listen to pronunciations, read definitions, and create notecards for studying or preparing presentations make this an extremely valuable tool. Animation packages are available as add-ons. One especially neat feature for teachers is the ability share screen views with other users so everyone can be looking at exactly the same image. Platform: iPhone and iPad, iOS 6.0 or later. Cost: $29.99.
A little less intense than the Human Anatomy Atlas, this app features anatomical models vs. real images for an easier on the stomach experience for those a bit squeamish. Still, the images are rich and detailed, searchable by system and body part, with plenty of detailed information and interaction. Quiz function is helpful to help students prepare for class quizzes. Platform: Android and iPad 2 Cost: $6.99 Location: Android, iTunes.
For older students, this app provides a great way to review and test their knowledge. While it can be used as a learning tool, it is best use is similar to the old fashioned flashcards: memorization and review. Developed by a physician. Platform: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, iOS 4.3 or later/Android. Cost: $3.99/$4.99 Location: Google Play, iTunes.
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.