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Rock and Mineral Identifier App

January 23, 2013

Rock and Mineral Apps

I love hands-on science activities, especially when I can integrate technology into my lesson.  Two fantastic free apps for Earth Science are Mineral Identifier and Common Rocks Reference.  These apps are full of information for students who are identifying rocks and minerals.  If you’re school doesn’t have access to hands-on materials this app can also work as a supporting tool.

Rock and Mineral Identifier Apps

Mineral Identifier App

Rock and Mineral Apps

One of the basics of identifying minerals is looking at cross sections of minerals under a microscope. That means a lot of hands-on materials you might not have, are in one Mineral Identifier app! The app also uses optical mineral identification methods and takes students through a series of questions that help students identify minerals in the database.

Common Rocks Reference App

This rock identifying app features real-life photos of rocks gathered from Scotland and observations about each rock. The rock identifier app also includes a series of quizzes to test learning. You can assess what information to focus on with increasing difficulty. Students are introduced to basic geology ideas without an entire coursework in this easy to use rock identifying app.

Using Rock and Mineral Identifier Apps in the Classroom

Using these apps to help supplement geology lessons in your classroom can help students visualize and get hands-on experience using rock and mineral identifier apps. While the process only uses a small database of information, these apps replicate some of the same methods geologists use to identify rocks and minerals in the laboratory. You can also incorporate these ideas into your geology lessons to help students gain a deeper understanding of basic geology foundations.

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73 Responses to “Rock and Mineral Identifier App”

  1. Ernie Maratin

    PLEASE help me ID this rock, it is light tan in color, it has a few ” bubbles ” in it like lave, BUT it is TO HEAVY to be lava, any idea what it is ? THANKS for your help /// PLEASE >>>>> email your answer to me

  2. “Dumb as a box of rocks” is a common saying, at least it is where I grew up. Does this infer that:
    A) Collecting rocks is dumb?
    B) Having a box to put rocks into once collected is dumb
    C) Both A and B
    D) None of the above

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  3. I have this very weard clear gem that has something inside of it? Like a fossil or some other gem. Its yellow in color, the gem inside is. The outside is very clear but not clear enough to see what’s inside. Can you please help me?

  4. I have a black rock tha r is bunch of thine layers but it looks to be a bunch of different colored crystal covering the hole rock please help me figure out what it is in new to this and would like to no

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