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Integrating iPads into the STEAM Curriculum (J. Shenker)

Here is a list of Apps that I have evaluated to use in the classroom

1

The Elements By Touchpress LTd.

The Elements By Touchpress LTd.

The Elements: By Touchpress LTD. This app is a companion to a book available about all of the elements and the periodic table. Each element is clickable and take students to a page about the element, its common uses and history.

This app will help students with Knowledge component of Bloom's Taxonomy. Student will discover new information (to them) regarding elements and their use.
This will be a great resource for students when they make their 8th grade Element Cube. The students have a difficult time finding good resources, this one is reliable and has excellent information .

2

Middle School Math HD by Interactive Elementary:

Middle School Math HD by Interactive Elementary:

Middle School Math HD: By Interactive Elementary:
This app can help students with the Knowledge level of Bloom's Taxonomy. Many student have trouble transferring skills form math to science. This will help them with recall of basic math concepts.
I chose this app because so many student have trouble remembering basic math operation. I would rather them discover and relearn on their own or with help of an app than just giving them the answer.

3

Froguts Frog Dissection by Froguts Inc.

Froguts Frog Dissection by Froguts Inc.

Froguts Frog Dissection is an interactive app that will take students through a complete frog dissection with a realistic 3D simulation.

This is a great use of Application in Bloom's Taxonomy. Students will apply what they know about human anatomy and find organs and organ system in the frog. They will be able to see first hand how organ system interact.

I chose this for three reasons, the first is to use this as a guide. As students dissect their real frog in class, they can see exactly what to do freeing up the teacher to assist all students with questions.

This app offers a practicum to help assess student progress.
This app is a virtual dissection and is a great substitute for students who ethically oppose dissecting animals.

*The price of $3.99 cost less than buying the actual frogs year after year.

4

Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers by Kuato Game (UK) Limited

Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers by Kuato Game (UK) Limited

Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers is a game where players create the code to make the "robots" move and attack. Students have to select directions from a list and check over what they wrote to make sure that the robots make the moves they want to destroy or evade the opponent.

This goes with Bloom's Synthesis level in his Taxonomy. Students have to create strategies based on their experiences in the game. They have to have foresight as to what the outcomes of the code that they write.
I chose this because I am finding that 8th graders have difficulty following directions. I hope that by having to create specific directions and seeing that the outcome is so critical to the directions that they will gain an appreciation for directions and hopefully learn to communicate with concise and clear meaning as well.

I did download this one and as someone who knows nothing about code, I am finding it quite easy. Any student could excel at this.

5

Science 360: National Science Foundation

Science 360: National Science Foundation

Science 360: by the National Science Foundation
An app that has short videos on hundreds of science topics from the news and basic science concepts.
These videos can be used to help with Comprehension. Students can go past the general concepts here and see if they can understand the content in real world applications.
I like this app as a source to answer student questions and research. Students often type "Why, how, when, how" into Google and get send right to Wiki type sites that are crowd sourced. Often times they are bombarded with wrong or misinformation and lots of adds. This app can help assure that students are getting correct information.

Simple Physics: Jundroo, LLC

Simple Physics by Jundroo, LLC allows students to design a structure, to solve a problem and then test their design to see if it can stand up to the stress.
This app can help students reach Evaluation on Bloom's Taxonomy. They can use what they know about force and motion from class and apply the theories in a simulated situation.

I chose this because I found it to be really engaging, students are tasked with problems to solve that simulate real situations.

7

Stop Motion Studio by Cateater, LLC

Stop Motion Studio by Cateater, LLC

Stop Motion by Cateater, LLC.
This app is pretty simple, it allows students to take a bunch of still pictures and then play them really fast, or at a desired speed to simulate an animation.
This is a great app reaching Bloom's Application level. Students can really show off what they know by creating an easy to make animation of what is occurring without making a real model.
I like this app because I can see my students using it to illustrate what happens with molecules and atoms with regards to energy of motion. They could really express what they know by making an animation of a scientific theory.