My Million Dollar Education app would be very science oriented. It would allow students to do the following:
- Select something they are interested in learning / studying / investigating.
- Provide automatically generated links to related science knowledge.
- Allow students to input a hypothesis that then generates a data table based on hypothesis
- Allows the taking of pictures while doing the experiment(s)
- Allows students to select an appropriate graph generated from the data table
- Provides a branching method for selecting if the hypothesis should or should not be accepted
- Provides an automatic blog posting based on the experiment complete with associated hypothesis, data, pictures, graphs, and conclusion
I think such an app would help students realize how often they "do" science on a daily basis. Have you seen this app yet?
Wow - how about having the app interface with probes from ANY manufacturer? Students could use probeware from Vernier along with Pasco at the same time. This would allow students to easily add accurate data into student experiments using probes. Is there a chance probeware companies would collaborate in letting such an app to be created?
Have you looked at WikiEdit? It is supposed to let you edit a wiki from an iPad. Since I do not have an iPad, I've not had the opportunity to check this one out. We need someone who has an iPad to test and report back.
demibooks.comDemibooks Composer is a tablet-based software platform which helps publishers and authors create interactive book apps for devices such as the iPad.
This discussion reminds me of the article I just read in the Journal where students described their ideal learning app.http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/11/04/if-kids-designed-the-tools.aspx So any feedback on these apps?
As they say ... "If you build it they will come!"
I like the idea of having students design and predict what they want to see in an App. Students know what they want to see in an app, and how it should perform. How awesome would it be to have students involved in the design process - not just using seeing if how they like an app designed by adults.
These are the apps I use in my science classroom. (I only have one iPod touch - I wish I had a class set!)
- Blue FiRe - for recording podcasts
- Convert Units
- Finger Physics
- Graph It
- Peterson Feeder Birds
- Space Images
- Video Physics
Disclaimer: I teach Middle School science and love to explore multiple science topics. Some of these apps are very "science geeky" also known as "Stealth STEM!"