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iPad Apps|Science Posse Recommended

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Find Educational Apps to Make the Most of Your iPad!

APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.

Suggested FREE Apps

3D Brain: Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness.

3D Cell: Learn about the cell and all its structures using our new 3D Cell iPhone application tool. Enjoy the ability to rotate the cell 360 degrees and zoom in on any cell structure.

Common Core Standards: View the Common Core State Standards in one convenient app! A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12.

Dragon Dictation: Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself….all using your voice.  So when you’re on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking – from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between.

Dropbox: Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! 

Errands: Errands is a task manager with a pleasing design and is easy to learn and use. Crafted with a blend of basic and advanced features: Folders, Checklists, Task Images, Scheduling & Repeating, Alerts (alarms), Automatic Badge Updating, Calendar View, Mail Tasks, Multiple View Modes, Search and more!

Google Earth: Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world's population and a third of the world's land mass.

iCell: iCell gives students, teachers, and anyone interested in biology a 3D view inside a cell. Included are examples of three types of cells: animal, plant, and bacteria. Learn about the various parts of the cell, which biologists, biochemists, and DNA researchers at the Hudson Alpha Institute study and use to advance the limits of biotechnology.

Kindle: The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, and magazines on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface.

MapQuest: MapQuest provides voice-guided, turn-by-turn, GPS navigation for iPhone. Much like those expensive GPS units, this free app speaks to you, telling you when and where to make a turn. Easily search for restaurants & other popular places with a single tap. Stay on schedule by checking live traffic en route. And, If you take a wrong turn, MapQuest re-routes you automatically.

Molecules: Molecules is an application for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once.

NASA App: The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package.

NASA Visualization Explorer: This is the NASA Visualization Explorer, the coolest way to get stories about advanced space-based research delivered right to your iPad. A direct connection to NASA’s extraordinary fleet of research spacecraft, this app presents cutting edge research stories in an engaging and exciting format. See the Earth as you’ve never seen it before; travel to places otherwise unavailable to even the most intrepid explorers!

PLoS Reader: With the free PLoS Reader for iPad you have access to the Public Library of Science most recent journal articles about biology, medicine, genetics, pathogens, and more. The app provides little beyond reading. You can't annotate the files to include your own notes or highlights and you can't even copy and paste. However, for a free app you can receive a wealth of knowledge and access to the latest in scientific research.

Prezi Viewer: View and present your prezis anywhere with simple, intuitive multitouch gestures. Drag to pan and pinch to zoom in or out of topics, just like you do in any map apps. Revise and retouch your prezis, correct typos and adjust your presentation on-the-fly. Prezi Viewer is the perfect companion to your Prezi experience.

Pulse: Pulse takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on an article to see a clean and elegant view of the news story.

Science 360: The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions.

Science Glossary: A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies. All definitions link to related terms and to free, detailed science learning modules.

Sketchpad Explorer: Drag, manipulate and animate visual mathematics to develop and generalize your understanding of fundamental concepts across elementary math, geometry, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and beyond. Based on the award-winning software The Geometer’s Sketchpad®, the Sketchpad Explorer app allows you to interact with, and investigate, any document created in Sketchpad.

VideoScience: A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.

WyoMobile: WyoMobile is your mobile link to the University of Wyoming. This application is a new way for prospective and current students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, athletics fans and other interested parties to access the University of Wyoming literally at your fingertips. WyoMobile is your destination for UW news, events, videos, dining information, campus maps, Twitter, access to the UW Bookstore, photos, libraries, and more! Current students can enjoy all the same features named above plus the ability to see their course schedules and grades. Increased student functionality will be made available over time including the ability to register for classes, review account information, and other related administrative functions.

Suggested Paid Apps

Elements ($13.99): If you think you've seen the periodic table, think again. The Elements: A Visual Exploration lets you experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you've never seen before. This is the US English version of The Elements

Geology WY ($6.99): Geology WY is the edition of the popular GIS (geographic information system) covering the state of Wyoming. It is a self-contained application (no Internet or cellular access required) that contains a vast amount of information about the geology and geography of the Equality State. It works anywhere, anytime, even in the middle of nowhere.

What kind of rocks are you sitting on? How old are they? How much does it rain on average where you are? What USGS quadrangle are you in? You can now get a much deeper understanding of the world around you, and it's always with you.


Keynote ($9.99): Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping. Use full-screen view to present right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Or use video mirroring to present it on an HDTV, and preview your slides and notes on your device using the presenter display. Keynote works with iCloud, so your presentations stay up to date across all your iOS devices — automatically.

Math Ref ($0.99): Math Ref is a math reference application that includes over 1,400 helpful formulas, figures, tips and examples of the equations, and concepts.

Notability ($0.99) Notability is optimized for the new iPad! It powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way! Discover the freedom to capture ideas, share insights, and present information in one perfect place on iPad.

Number ($9.99) Numbers is the most innovative spreadsheet app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it lets you make compelling spreadsheets in minutes — with tables, charts, photos, and graphics — using just your fingers. Choose from over 250 easy-to-use functions. Enter data and explore results with sliders, steppers, pop-ups, and intelligent keyboards. Numbers works with iCloud, so your spreadsheets stay up to date across all your iOS devices — automatically.

Pages ($9.99): Pages is the most beautiful word processor you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. This powerful app has been exclusively designed for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Create, edit, and view documents wherever you are. Use dictation in iOS 5 on your iPhone 4S to easily create and edit documents. Pages works with iCloud, so your documents stay up to date across all your iOS devices — automatically.

Papers ($9.99): Papers, your personal library of Science, and winner of the Apple Design Award for best Mac OS X scientific computing solution on the Mac, is now available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Papers puts your entire research literature database in your pocket, available at your fingertips wherever you go; whether you're at a conference, in class, visiting your peers, on the couch or on the road.

Pocket (used to be ReadItLater Pro) ($2.99): When you come across an article or a webpage you'd like to read but can't at that time, save it to your Read It Later list. You can then read it whenever you have a moment, whether it's on the couch, during your commute, on the plane, train, or practically anywhere. This allows you to eliminate the cluttering of bookmarks and inboxes with links that are merely of a one-time interest. It's like a staging area for bookmarks.

StarWalk ($4.99): Star Walk enables you to point your iPad at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at in real-time.

Wolfram Alpha ($0.99):  Wolfram|Alpha--Get answers. Access expert knowledge. Wherever you are. Whenever you need it.

Find out how much vitamin C is in a bowl of ice cream. Learn what European country has the fourth largest population of children. Compute solutions to difficult trig and calculus problems. Balance complex chemical equations and more!

World Atlas ($1.99): Designed specifically for the iPad, National Geographic's new and improved World Atlas HD puts our best maps in the palm of your hand.

Neu.annotate PDF ($0.99): Read and annotate PDF documents. Annotate with drawings, highlighting text, text notes, photos and stamps. Annotations are compatible with Apple Preview and Adobe Acrobat!

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