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Science- iPad

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The iPad


How to use it for Elementary Science Education


What is an iPad?


An iPad is basically a much bigger version of the iPhone or iPod touch. It holds much more memory than the iPhone or iPod, and is a little bit more like a laptop computer. The screen 9.7 inches and weighs 1.5 pounds. It is easy to carry around and fun to use. It can hold music, files, books, movies, and many applications. The iPad is a revolutionary tool that can help teachers help students explore the field of education through technology.

Why should we use it in an Elementary Classroom?


The iPad has an extreme amount of applications, about 5,405 since May 1st, 2010. There are roughly a hundred new iPad applications every day. Although not all of these are education related, a lot of them are. Most of the iPad applications for education can be very fun as well. This is a great way to teach students new things, because students want to have fun while learning.


Why it is helpful for Science?


Science is very much an interactive subject. It’s a subject where you have to do something in order to understand it. The iPad technology can use many different ways to teach you science. Ipad science applications have great reviews.


This was stated about the applications used in the iPad and iPhones:


“(The iPad) is a burgeoning communication device,” Aldrin explained to Appolicious. “Because applications are segmented into tailor-made categories, this is how education will be carried out into the future.”


Here is a list of all the science related applications with more than a 3 star review:

  • ·      Popular Science +    
  • ·      Science Glossary
  • ·      A Science Quiz
  • ·      The Elements: A Visual Explosion
  • ·      Buzz Aldrin Portal to Science
  • ·      Lasers Free
  • ·      iScience for iPad
  • ·      National Geographic Magazine
  • ·      Coaster Physics
  • ·      + Many, many, more!



Here is my own review on some of these applications:


Science Glossary @ Vision Learning:

     This application is a basic dictionary for only science terms. There is an index that is very easy to search and then once you get to a word then the definition is right there. Although this application is very basic, I also think it is great. If students need to know the definition to something, which happens a lot, then they can easily find it in this iPad app. Not to mention, this app is FREE!


Buzz Aldrin Portal to Science:

     This is one of my most favorite applications. Although it costs $3.99, it is totally worth it to learn about space exploration. Space is a standard in elementary content, so this is great for students to learn. To learn more, watch this video:


Video Science:

     This is also a great, FREE application. It is filled with videos upon videos of science videos. The videos show someone doing labs, and tells students what the lab is and how to do the lab. This is great for those visual learners.


Star Walk:

     This is my favorite application. This application is a visual screen of the stars. It shows which stars are which, where they are, and many more things. With this app, you hold up the iPad and it will tell you which stars you are looking at. To see more about this app, look at this video:


Other advantages to the iPad:

     Just recently, studies have shown that some iPad applications help out children with autism spectrum disorders. There was a recent story talking about a 9-year-old boy with autism that was having trouble with school until the iPad helped him. He started doing applications about counting, drawing, remembering pictures and many more things. For some students with disadvantages, this would be a great new way of teaching them in ways that a teacher may not be able to do.



     The most prominent disadvantage of the iPad is the cost. Many people do not have the money to pay $400 dollars for this. Also, some applications cost money and just add on to the expenses. It is not important that every student has an iPad, because group work is very possible with this.


Ways it will help future teachers:

     As we know, technology is rapidly growing. The older we get, the more technology will be used in the classrooms. The iPad is a great way to move from textbooks to technology. Technology is the iPad has many different applications for whatever subject that is needed to learn, and it is great for audio, visual, and kinesthetic learners. This will also make a teachers job less of a direct instruction type teaching to a structured discovery type teaching, which is a way that students learn most.
















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