Category Archives: Science
Make the solar system come alive for your child by the use of this app! It uses the device’s internal navigation system to display which constellations, stars, and other parts of the solar system are currently in the sky above (the Location service must be on when using an Apple device). It also lists the space objects that are currently below the horizon where you are.
Tapping a constellation, star, or other part of the solar system brings up a brief informative paragraph to read and an accompanying picture.
Note that there’s an in-app option to purchase the Planetary Sounds Pack to access sounds captured by several space crafts.
- Parts of the Body: Head, arm, chest, leg, foot, ankle, knee, elbow, hand
- Parts of the Face: Hair, eye, cheek, chin, neck, mouth, nose, ear, forehead
- The Senses: Nose (smell), eye (sight), tongue (taste), fingers (touch), ears (hearing)
- The Skeleton: Skull, backbone, ribs, pelvis
- Inner Organs of the Body: Brain, heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, stomach
There are only two objectives for each of the five sections. First, students drag pictures of body parts on the right side of the screen onto a picture of a human body on the left part of the screen. The name of the body part is said aloud when it’s touched. The body part will bounce back to the right side of the screen if it’s placed in an incorrect location. Once all parts are properly placed, students have to then drag labels for each part from the right side of the screen to the picture of the body on the left side. Again, the app reads each label aloud and incorrect placements will bounce back.
The app has a built-in reports feature where you can view the total number of correct and incorrect attempts for both the objects and labels. It can easily be reset for a new user, but it’s not possible to save the data for retrieval after a reset has been done.
Other than muting the iPad’s sound entirely, there isn’t a way to prevent the app from reading aloud the body parts. The voice sounds like a computerized older British woman; I wish a voice that was more appealing to younger learners was used.
Despite it’s title – Naming Parts of the Body – I want more from this app, especially at this price point. I think there should be the ability to tap on each part and bring up more written information (similar to an encyclopedia entry) or even short video clips (of a real beating heart, for example).
This is the app version of the website www.KhanAcademy.org. It features over 4,000 video tutorials that cover a myriad of mathematics, science, humanities and test prep skills. While the videos found in the app wouldn’t completely replace more traditional math instruction, they do serve as yet another resource students can use to help comprehend and reinforce many skills.
The iPhone and iPod Touch version only allows users to view videos. However, the iPad version allows users to download videos for viewing offline, use sub-titles to navigate, and login in to track watched videos.
- Arithmetic and pre-algebra
- Trigonometry and precalculus
- Probability and statistics
- Differential equations
- Linear algebra
- Applied math
- Recreational mathematics
Science and Economics
- Cosmology and astronomy
- Organic chemistry
- Finance and capital markets
- Computer science
- Healthcare and medicine
- LeBron asks
- Art History
- American Civics
- SAT Math
- California Standards Test
- Competition Math
- IIT JEE
Talks and Interviews
- Key media pieces
- Our vision
- School pilots
- Thoughts on education
- “The One World School House”
- Other features
- Khan Academy in the classroom
- For teachers
- For educators in other learning environments
- Classroom case studies
The app is divided into 4 sections: Structure, Rotation, Moon, and Habitat.
– Internal Layers: The Crust, Upper Mantle, Lower Mantle, Outer Core, Inner Core
– Atmosphere Layers: Exosphere, Thermosphere, Mesosphere, Stratosphere, Troposphere
– Lands & Seas: All 7 continents and 4 oceans
– Fresh water
– Rain forest
Background music plays, but you can easily turn it ‘off’. Also, you do not need an internet connection to fully use this app. I highly recommend it for use in science classrooms!