Category Archives: Social Studies/Science

Baron Ferdinand's Challenge A Puzzle App from The British Museum 1

Baron Ferdinand’s Challenge: A Puzzle App from The British Museum

The British Museum has an app for students that is perfect for a virtual field trip or a compliment to the real thing.  This iOS app gives users access to the unique items in the Waddesdon Bequest – a collection donated to The British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild.  With this app students can solve puzzles and collect treasures as they explore the British Museum. Baron Ferdinand’s Challenge lets users see… Read Article →

Compare Foods with Calorific Healthy Eating App for iPads

Compare Foods with Calorific Healthy Eating App for iPads

Although this might be a sensitive topic leading up to Thanksgiving and the holiday season, Calorific is a pretty neat app that can be used to teach healthy eating.  With Calorific, students can view images of food portions that equal 200 calories.  The photographs can even be placed side by side to see a quick comparison of food portions to help kids understand equal portions of different foods In the science… Read Article →

Virry iPad App Live Animal Video Feed for Students

Virry iPad App: Live Animal Video Feed for Students

I love apps that take students on virtual field trips to explore life in other parts of the world.  Virry is a great example of an iPad app that changes the way we think about using a tablet in the classroom.  With Virry, students can watch animals in their natural habitats.  Live video feeds and prerecorded clips to watch help children learn about a variety of animals. Virry introduces kids… Read Article →

Free Animal Preservation Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources From We Are Teachers 2

Free Animal Preservation Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources From We Are Teachers

The folks at We Are Teachers have released new animal preservation lesson plans, printables and teaching resources.  These totally free teaching tools are great choices for combining high interest topics with informational text, social studies, and science instruction.  Before leaving the classroom to focus on professional development trainings and writing about education technology, I taught in a magnet school for environmental stewardship.  I know how these powerful topics resonate with young learners… Read Article →

Playground Physics from the New York Hall of Science

Playground Physics from the New York Hall of Science

The New York Hall of Science has a handful of apps for students including Playground Physics.  Designed for middle and high school students, Playground Physics helps users explore physics in the real world.  Students record a video of someone moving and tap points to trace a path of motion. With Playground Physics students can take their own videos or use stock videos to trace paths of motion.  Users can add measurements… Read Article →

3 Apps to Explore Outer Space

3 Apps to Explore Outer Space

With only a few more chapters to go in Andy Weir’s The Martian and the recent news of water on Mars, outer space has been on my mind more than usual.  If your students are curious about the moon, planets, or space travel, they’ll want to check out these fantastic outer space apps for the iPad.  Each one will help students explore outer space as they read informational text, view video clips,… Read Article →

Wonder Workshop STEM-Based Interactive Early Learning Experience

Wonder Workshop STEM-Based Interactive Early Learning Experience

Wonder Workshop is a STEM-based interactive learning experience that introduces coding to K-5 learners.  They’ve partnered with the folks at Sunburst Digital and now offer three programs for K-12: Wonder Pilot, Wonder Class 24, and Wonder Class 30. The Wonder Pilot program provides K-5 classrooms with three sets of Dash & Dot robots, the software apps and a Wonder Teacher Kit, including the curriculum and accessories needed for small group instruction.  They recommend… Read Article →

Online Resources to Teach the Ancient World

Online Resources to Teach the Ancient World

Using technology to teach the ancient world might seem like an interesting choice. Civilizations from long ago would surely have a difficult time wrapping their head around the types of devices students use in their classrooms. There are a variety of online resources that give students and teachers access to history and social studies resources. Some websites let students watch video clips that explain a period in history. A few… Read Article →

The World Factbook: Informational Text & Research iPad App

The World Factbook: Informational Text & Research iPad App

If you grew up using encyclopedia books to find information for a research report you’ll definitely appreciate The World Factbook 2015 HD app.  This iPad app is full of tons of information on more than 250 countries and territories.  Students can use this as a resource for gathering information or to simply explore informational text on their tablet. The World Factbook 2015 HD is a great addition to a digital text… Read Article →

Introduction to DNA with a Playful Puzzle iPad App

Introduction to DNA with a Playful Puzzle Tablet App

DNA Play is a fantastic app from the folks at Avokiddo.  I love the idea of introducing students to the basic concept of DNA with a simple and playful game.  Kids will learn how to build creatures by completing a series of DNA puzzles. They can get creative and experiment with crazy mutations of different body parts by altering genes. As students change each monster’s form in real-time they’ll watch them dance, skate,… Read Article →