Curriculum App Reviews - Science (K-6)
Title: 3D Brain
Publisher: Dolan DNA Learning Center, AXS Studio
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  This app is an excellent tool for science teachers learning about the brain.  I learned a great deal from this app about what functions certain areas of the brain control.  The app highlights specific areas of the brain, describes studies done on the brain, and even lets you easily navigate to parts of the brain that you would like to know more about.  This would be a great reference tool to display thru a projector because of the vibrant colors and easy to understand language that the program has.
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools



Title: 3D Earthquake (Beta)
Publisher:  Jupiter Apps
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  This application allows you to visualize recent earthquakes on a 3D hollow globe.  It shows earthquake magnitude, depth and age, as well as tectonic plates, an earthquake ticker showing large earthquakes.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Astronomy Picture of the Day
Publisher: Sam Oakley / Concentric Sky
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   Quick and easy app that gives you the latest pictures from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.  It also allows you to read interesting facts about pictures of the universe.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:
 BrainPop Featured Movie
Publisher: BrainPop
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  BrainPop is an oldie but goodie when it comes to educational videos on the Internet.  Tim and Moby bring educational videos and quizzes to you in this wonderful app.  Each day, there is a new movie.  You will not have access to all of the BrainPop movies but one per day is pretty cool.  Great app.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Book Creator
Publisher:  Red Jumper Studio
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $6.99
Review:   While a little pricey for an app, this gem can be used for a variety of purposes in any curriculum area which makes it worth the money.  Create your own iBooks right on your iPad using text as well as photos.  Once finished, the books can be opened in iBooks or other similar apps on your iPad.  It's so easy to use that your students will be creating books right away!  Stand back and watch the creativity flow!
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA


Title: Caster: Mobile Studio
Publisher:  Gregory Maculo
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free version available, Full version $4.99
Review:    Caster Mobile Studio allows teachers and students of all content areas to create podcasts.  Podcasting is an engaging way for students to explain what they know through easy audio recordings.  This app makes this even simpler with the use from either an iPod Touch or iPad.  Podcasts can be shared via email, Dropbox, or your own school's server.  Tired of giving the same old paper and pencil tests?  Have your students create a podcast instead!
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title:  Cloud On
Publisher:  Cloud On, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Cloud on is a free app that allows you to create, view, and modify Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly on your iPad. There are many other apps out there that allow you to do this but I have not seen one that is free. The documents you create are easily shared to a Dropbox account (which you will need to set up). This is also free. This app could be used in any class that creates documents. Awesome app for creating those digital portfolios. 
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title:  Deluxe Moon
Publisher:  Lifeware Solutions
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free, Standard version $3.99, Pro version $4.99
Review:   Deluxe Moon is a great app that can be used on a daily basis for getting updated images of the moon in its different phases.  It allows you to see different images of its surface along with information of the different phases.  This is a great application that I have been using in the classroom on a daily basis to integrate the moon phases right at the beginning of class.  It really allows students to see the different phases. 
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Discovery Channel
Publisher: Discovery Communications
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  The Discovery Channel app provides users with daily videos, news, quizzes and photos.  This is a very engaging app and students love it.  My students love watching the videos and then having discussions about the topics.    
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Earthquake Alert!
Publisher:  Josh Clemm
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  Good little app that allows you to look at recent earthquakes from all over the world.  This application provides you with the latest earthquakes, a map of the recent activity, and news from all over the world.  This would be great when discussing plate tectonics.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Electricity Calculator
Publisher:  anvesoft
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   Find out how much electricity you are using and how much it is actually costing you!  This app will walk you through using your electric meter or the wattage on your appliance to determine how much electricity you are using. Based on the cost per kWh, you can find out how much it costs per day, month or year!  Great app for energy unit.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Frog Dissection
Publisher:  Emantras Inc
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $3.99
Review:  Any Science teacher that wants to do classroom dissections but can't afford it should check this app out. Not only is this app a reasonable price but it is a lot less messy. Middle School students who are learning about organs and organ functions will find this app very beneficial. This app comes with the dissection tools and explanations for every aspect of the dissection process. When the dissection is complete this app offers a quiz for students to study organs and organ systems.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Gene Screen
Publisher:  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   This app is useful for those studying genetic disorders. It has a lot of information about recessive disorders and has been helpful to my students. It has blank punnett squares and traits calculators to help students practice figuring out the chances of getting certain disorders.  It also shows how disorders have become prevalent in certain parts of the world due to immigration.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools
Review:  Very cool app to use in a biology classroom.  We used it when discussing gene inheritance and recessive diseases.  The app also gives great examples of punnent squares that allow you to interact and create your own combinations. The app is definitely interactive and educational. Two thumbs up. 
Submitted By:  Tyler Belew, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Geo Quiz
Publisher:  Urbian
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  This is a really fun and interactive application that puts students to the test.  Have them take a quiz over many different parts of geography.  Categories include: countries and flags, capitals, oceans, rivers, and lakes, mountains and peaks, forests, deserts and plains, people, great explorers, climate change, food, and random questions.  Very fun quiz!
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Google Sky Map
Publisher:  Google, Inc.
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review: This application allows students to identify what they are looking up at in the sky.  Great tool used for talking about constellations, other planets, as well as other celestial bodies.  This app brings the solar system more to life instead of just looking at pictures from a textbook.   
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Human Atlas Lite
Publisher:  Blausen Medical Communications
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   This app has great, short videos that explain various science concepts in a simple form to students.  Apps include cancer, circulatory system, digestive system, reproductive, etc.  It is available in 13 languages.  It also gives a great picture of the human body that you can rotate and identify various muscles, bones and organs.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  iCell
Publisher:  HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   This app has very helpful and interesting pictures of animal, plant and bacteria cells.  It has 3 levels of explanations that are helpful for various levels of students.  Excellent resource for students learning about cells!
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  iResponse 
Publisher: TATE, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $.99, the Pro version is $4.99
Review:   iResponse is another classroom responder system.  Unlike other classroom responder systems, iResponse works in conjunction with your own laptop.  Using the wireless network in your school, iResponse allows teachers to create quizzes on the computer and "push" questions to their students immediately.  I also like the fact that teachers can create questions on the fly and push them to their students.  iResponse works seamlessly and the students love taking quizzes.  I have used this app many times to do quick comprehension checks during the teaching of the lesson.  This is wonderful for students who are afraid of answering out loud for fear of being wrong.  No one knows if a student got the answer correct except the teacher and the individual student.  NOTE:  the teacher laptop also needs to download the free iResponse software from their website.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Keynote
Publisher:  Apple
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:   Keynote is Apple Inc.'s version of Powerpoint.  Keynote on the iPad is so user friendly you won't want to make presentations on any other device again.  Take pictures and videos from your iPad2 camera and add them to your presentations just like that.  Simple is the key phrase here.  Kids will love making presentations on the iPad and sharing them with others.  This app can be used for assessment in every subject area.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Light Pollution - USA
Publisher:  JowCo
Available For:  Android
Cost:  $1.99
Review:  This app gives you the option to scan through a giant map of North America to find the darkest skies near you.  This is a great astronomy app can be used to talk about the growing of light pollution in large cities and not being able to see as many stars or planets in the night sky. 
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:   Metrics Conversion Pro
Publisher:  Kalyani
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Lite version is free, Pro version is $1.99
Review:   This is a great app that can be used for your math and science classes for calculating conversions.  This application allows you to customize and create your list of favorite calculators.  Whether it be kilometers to miles or figuring out fractions, this app has it all.  Speed and velocity, kilograms-pounds, pressure conversions, angle conversions are just a few of the many, many other conversions found with this app. 
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Minerals and Gemstones
Publisher: Jourist Verlags GmbH
Available For:  Android, iPhone, iTouch, iPad
Cost:  $3.99
Review:  Discover the fascinating world of the treasures beneath your feet. Minerals and Gemstones is a reference guide to 300 different minerals and gemstones, from simple sandstones to sanidine, jade and diamond. Learn what the Earth is made of, how its rocks were formed and how minerals and gems are used today. 
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Mobile Observatory - Astronomy
Publisher:  KreApp Development
Available For:  Android
Cost:  $3.99
Review:   This is a great application for astronomy.  This application will give you updates and notifications on lunar/solar eclipses and when the next one will happen, when Jupiter and the moon meet in the sky, or what that blazing bright light in the sky is.  This app will provide you with up-to-date celestial events that would be visible in your location.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Moon Phase Pro
Publisher:  Udell Enterprises, Inc.
Available For:  Android
Cost:  $.99
Review:  This app shows phases, crescent angle, and rise/set times for any location.  It also you provides you with a calendar that will show you the phases of the moon at a glance.  Also provides you with notifications of the major phases.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: NASA App
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  The NASA App is an app that immediately grabs the attention of adults and kids alike.  I showed my students this app and most of them downloaded it that night.  I use this app as a beginning of class activity because there is always an interesting "NASA image of the day" that the students are very captivated by.  I love this app for my classroom and also love to check it out on my free time!
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: New Scientist
Publisher:  New Scientist
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   New Scientist is an application that can be used with current and up-to-date reports on the very latest science and technology.  Students are able to see the scientific advances and contributions made each and everyday.  This app is very easy, it's free, and convenient.  I have used this as class discussion on current events.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Numbers
Publisher:  Apple, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:   Numbers is a great spreadsheet app from Apple.  This app on the iPad makes creating spreadsheets easier than ever.  I use this app daily in my class to keep track of grades, skills, and other information on my students.  The user interface is simple and elegant.  This is one of my favorite apps ever.  Kids in math class could use this app to create many types of tables and graphs.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Pocket Universe
Publisher: John Kennedy
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $2.99
Review:  This wonderful app displays the solar system on your iPhone in real time.  Point your iPhone to the sky and names of stars and planets appear on the screen.  This is an amazing app and highly engaging for students.  This one is well worth the price.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Planets
Publisher: Dana Peters
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  This is a 3D guide to our solar system.  This interactive app is not the best planet app available but for the price it gets the job done.  Your students will have fun with this app.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith , Canton City Schools


Title:
 Popplet
Publisher:  Notion Inc.
Available For:  iPad
Cost:  Lite Version Free, Full Version $4.99
Review:  Popplet is a cool little app that allows students and teachers to create simple graphic organizers.  There is nothing fancy about this app.  It is a simple and easy to use graphic organizer and that's it.  This is a great app for students who are just beginning to use graphic organizers and can be used as a great tool for digital portfolios.  There is also an internet based version of Popplet but it cannot work on iDevices due to their lack of Flash.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Rock Cycle - Interactive Story
Publisher:  Basic 12 Innovations
Available For:  iPhone, iTouch, iPad
Cost:  Free
Review: Progress through this clever interactive poem about the life of a rock.  Learn more about different aspects through the diagrams, animations, or mini-games.  Use this basic app in 3rd-8th grade to teach about how rocks are formed. 
Submitted By:  Virginia Wysong, Tri-County North Local Schools


Title: Science 360
Publisher: National Science Foundation
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   Very cool app with tons and tons of images and video.  The app needs more organization to quickly search topics and information.  It also takes a couple of minutes to load because it is so data heavy.  Awesome app thought to show reinforcing videos in class. 
Submitted By:  Tyler Belew, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Seism Detector
Publisher: Guilhem BELLION
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   Use your device as a real-life seismograph.  This tool allows you to detect and measure the intensity of different vibrations.  Great application that can be used for plate tectonic discussion, earthquakes, etc.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Smart Distance
Publisher: Smart Tools 
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  You can measure distance to a target by the camera perspective.  This would be another (and unique) way of measuring distances to help find speed,velocity, and acceleration.  Great app for math and science classes.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Solar System Explorer
Publisher:  Neil Burlock
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Lite version is free, Full version is $1.99
Review:  This is a 3D interactive application of the solar system.  There are many features to this application that include the planets, moons, asteroids, and space probes that have visited them.  Surface images include those taken from telescopes or NASA spacecraft.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Solar Walk - 3D Solar System Model
Publisher: Vito Technology Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $2.99
Review: Solar Walk 3D is a very cool app that shows everything you need to know about the solar system in beautiful and engaging pictures, diagrams, and explanations.  Students will love to look up information on the iPods or iPads.  This is much cooler than looking up information in a text book.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Sound Meter Pro
Publisher:  Smart Tools
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Lite version is free, Pro version is $.99
Review:  This application is a good tool to be used during your sound unit.  It gives you level notification and line-chart duration.  This is a cheap, but efficient way of talking about amplitude and loudness.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Space Facts
Publisher:  JowCo (Android) or Adam Williams (iDevices)
Available For:  iPhone, iTouch, iPad, Android
Cost:  iDevices $.99, Android free
Review:  Did you know that it would take more than 150 years to drive to the sun?  This is just one example of the many facts this application has to offer.  Good little app that presents you with fun space facts for your students.  This can be used at the beginning or the end of class just to give something for your students to think about.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools
 

Title: Speed Gun
Publisher:  Smart Tools
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   This application is great for measuring speed, velocity, and calculating acceleration.  You can measure the speed of an object.  Usage is simple. To measure the speed, input the closest distance to the target, and then touch the screen following target.  In order to find the distance travel you will need some type of range finder (Smart Distance).
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Star Chart
Publisher:  Escapist Games Limited
Available For:  iPhone, iTouch, iPad, Android
Cost:  $2.99
Review:  Another great application for your astronomy lessons.  This app allows you to point your device anywhere in the sky and tell you exactly what you are looking at.  It contains all of the constellations, information about the planets and sun, and over 5,000 stars that will be identified.  Gives you the capability to zoom in on specific things for extra detail.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: TinkerBox HD
Publisher:  Autodesk, Inc.
Available For:  iPhone, iTouch, iPad
Cost:  Free
Review:  Learn basic engineering concepts while solving the fun mechanical problems.  After progressing through the tutorials you can build or edit various Rube Goldberg type contraptions that do simple tasks.  Appropriate for teaching simple machines, inventing, and  physics laws of energy or motion.   See sample inventions at http://tinkerboxnews.com/featured/
Submitted By:  Virginia Wysong, Tri-County North Local Schools


Title: Units
Publisher: Alex Price
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free 
Review:  Units is a great free app for converting one unit to another.  Want to know how many cups are in 15 gallons.  This app will tell you.  There are no special bells and whistles in this app but it is awesome.  I use it in my personal life as well as in school with the students.  Some times we don't need to figure out how to convert everything.  Some times we just need the answer.  This app will do this for you.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Visual Anatomy
Publisher:   Image Magic Studio
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $2.49
Review:  This is a good little interactive reference and educational tool.  You are presented with high-quality anatomy images.  You are able to zoom in to any area of the body to learn more on that part.  Also provides you with detailed information on each section.   
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Volcano Report
Publisher:  WebEndemics
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  This is a basic app that shows recent volcanic activity all over the world.  You can use an interactive map to find the location of the different volcanoes and also pull up detailed information about the ongoing activity and their eruptions.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Weather, Radar, Alerts, Quakes
Publisher: Elecont Software
Available For:  Android
Cost:  $2.99
Review:   Great app to use with your weather unit.  This application provides weather updates, weather forecasts, latest earthquakes, live radar, a pressure change indicator, and a moon and sun indicator.  Students gain a better understanding of the weather through real-live weather reports.  It is a great app to tie into your earthquake unit as well.  If you are looking for something to add to your weather unit THIS could be it!
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools