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Renee, @missus_jay
Learning Specialist, Yellin Center for Mind, Brain and Education, New York

I was searching for an engaging, educationally sound manner to have my students engage in inquiry based learning and master key science concepts.

Product Use: I used them as a science activity. I also have used them as early finisher activities or free-time choices since my students love interacting with these apps.

What Worked and What Didn't: The apps are so engaging and informative. My students love them. The Human Body app allows students to explore the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, and digestive systems in a highly interactive manner. Using your iPhone’s camera children can watch pupils dilate and learn how we send messages through to our brain. Meanwhile in the Plants app students will master lifecycles and explore different environments and habitats. Students can travel across time and explore the earth’s layers in the Earth app. Or understand mechanics buy conducting their own experiments in the Simple Machines App.

Beyond the applications, the Tinybop website offers additional resource materials to extend the learning beyond the digital space. Using the educational handbooks students can read more about the area of science they are mastering and glean answers to some of their burning questions. Again, like the apps, each handbook is produced in several languages.

For most of the programs you need a class set of iPads or handheld devices (or at the very least at least one per every three students). It is important the devices have cameras so older models won't be effective. Unless your school has access to this number of devices, these tools would only work in a BYOD setting. Also they are only available for iOS so they are only a good option if your school uses Apple products.

Age Group: Pre-K students, Middle school students, and Elementary school students

Jul 7, 2016 Provide Feedback
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