40 Best Science iPad Apps for Students

August 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

For all those Science teachers looking to optimize their iPads with the best apps, check these apps shared by World-Shaker.

For Chemistry:

1. The Elements: A Visual Exploration: One of the most celebrated apps on the iPad, this periodic table is much more than a list. Science students will find themselves inspired by the beauty of the elements and may just learn a thing or two to boot.

For Biology:

13. Pocket Heart: Get up close and personal with the human heart using this app that provides modeling, videos, vocabulary and much more.

For Astronomy:

20. NASA: Here you’ll find one of the best applications on the iPad for studying space. NASA provides the basics – like information on the planets – as well as up-to-the-minute video, news and much more. (Free)

For Reference:

27. PLoS Reader: Through this application, you can read new articles published by seven different journals using interface designed just for the iPad. (Free)

For Tools:

34. Unit Conversion Pro: No matter where you are in the world or what you’re trying to measure, you can easily convert units using this handy iPad tool.


37. Mythbusters HD: If you enjoy the Discovery Channel show, why not get access to it on your iPad as well? You’ll get to see how this mythbusting team uses science to debunk some of the most persistent urban myths.

world-shaker adds:

You know…for those of you into that sort of thing.

For more information, read the source here.



Reflections on #140edu Day 2

August 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday concluded the second and final day of the newest #140 Conference, #140edu, and we had quite a time. The speaker lineup included principals, poets, innovative educators, and even a 6th grade student, who had the audience amazed by her insight into social media. Just as the conference suggests, participants focused on the use of social media as a way to reform education. Here are a couple of highlights from yesterday’s event: 

Less talking. More Doing (via @BSchuler)

Public education is the biggest Fail Whale of our generation and we are all to blame. Our Federal and State governments have dropped the ball. People with financial means have fled to private schools. And Silicon Valley has not succeeded in any technical innovation. The current public dialog is filled with divisive finger pointing and circuitous debate. Yet there still is no roadmap for change. We don’t have to be victims of this dysfunction. Education is an inherently local issue and we all have the power to rise up, organize and transform our schools for the 21st century.

School Improvement One Character at a Time (via @NMHS_Principal)

Since joining Twitter in March of 2009 I have successfully learned and effectively utilized a variety of social media tools to improve my school. I would like to share how I have harnessed the power of these tools to improve communications

Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online (via @CommonSenseEdu)

Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online A discussion about what parents and educators can do to teach themselves and their kids about protecting and respecting their privacy and the privacy of others online. She’ll also share what Common Sense is doing to improve the privacy climate.

Leveraging Social Media to Increase and Quantify Student Engagement (via @TomKrieglstein)

The internet is a decentralized place, with a lot of small, loosely-connected pieces, where individual engagement acts like a finicky firefly. Our traditional rules of on-campus physical student engagement need to be modified for an online world. 

If you could not attend the conference, you did not completely miss out. An archive of day 2 can be viewed here.


#iPadChat: Must Visit Links July 27- August 3

August 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

Looking for the latest links #iPadChat participants have been sharing over the past week?Here’s this week’s link roundup:

Join us every Wednesday, at 1 P.M. EST on Twitter for our #iPadChat. Every week we will be  giving one lucky winner a $20 gift card to iTunes for participating!


Reflections on #140edu Day 1

August 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday concluded the very first day of the newest #140 Conference, #140edu, and it went great! The speaker lineup included innovative educators, thought-provoking entrepreneurs and an UnCollege “educational deviant” that had many wondering about the true use of higher education. True to the name of the conference, participants and speakers alike flooded the Twitterverse with their thoughts (so much so, that the hashtag #140edu made it as a trending topic in New York). Here are a couple highlights from yesterday’s event: 

Jack Hidary (@jackhidary)’s Get Up and Move

As the very first presenter, Jack Hidary set a high standard for anyone following him. He kept participants completely engaged and made sure to act on what he preached. Hidary stimulated and excited participants through a great paper card flying mechanism experiment

Christian Long (@ChristianLong)’s Design Thinking as the Only Legit 21st Century Pedagog

Everyone has had that moment where they realize that they can be better at what they do and Christian Long is no exception. Speaking on his role as a parent and educator, Long wants educators to move towards the “and” of education. “And..” what else can children achieve? “And..” what can you learn from your failures?

Inga Rós (@Inga_Ros)’s Are Schools Burning Books?

Inga Rós, a teaching in Iceland, described the need to move towards a more technology based education. If schools continue to restrict sites such as blogs and Twitter, students will not get the full 21st century learning experience.  

Marc Ecko (@MarcEcko)’s Campaign Against Corporal Punishment

An interesting addition to the scores of educators, Marc Ecko (CEO and founder of Marc Ecko Entreprises) spoke on the importance of words and their meanings, especially those involved with “disciplining” children in the classroom.  

Adam Bellow (@adambellow)’s The Tech Commandments

Perhaps the highest highlight of the day, Adam Bellow blew away the crowd with his 140 slides in 15 minutes. Participants laughed, clapped and soaked in all his Tech Commandments. Bellow said that despite advances in technology, (good) teachers were still needed but added “Every teacher that could be replaced by a computer should be!”

Dale J. Stephens(@DaleJStephens)’s Majoring in Life

Rounding out the evening was Dale Stephens, the chief “educational deviant” promoting the benefits of being an UnCollege student. Stephens who recently dropped out of college believes that higher education is not the right choice for everyone and that students should learn to educate themselves outside the classroom. Many participants spoke on their uncertainties on his model of education. 

For more #140edu, be sure to follow the Twitter stream with the event’s hashtag or watch it live here


If You Find Yourself at #140edu…

August 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you find yourself at #140edu in NYC the next two days, or even if you’re watching from home (here), make sure to follow our Twitter feed for updates on all the presentations as well as some photos from the day! We’ll be posting later today with a reflection on the first day of activities. 

You can follow us on Twitter here or check out our photos here


Introducing the New Era of Clickers

August 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

With the start of the school year just around the corner, it’s time to prepare for lesson plans and handy tools to use in class. More than ever before, it’s crucial to create interactive lesson plans that allow students to actively engage with their education. What better way to do this than to use clickers? 

As more iPads are introduced to classrooms nationwide, it’s important that clickers (and other educational technology) keep adapting. This is exactly why Eduware has introduced its newest ClickerSchool Virtual Clicker app. 

The ClickerSchool Virtual Clicker app allows teachers to use live polling in the classroom through their iPads. This app allows you to use your iPad as a virtual clicker. In order to get started, setup an activity at ClickerSchool.com where you will receive your unique session ID. 


How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts?

July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

World-Shaker wants to know how educators are using the new Google+ and we’re curious too! Have you joined G+ yet?


As more people join Google’s new social network, Google+, they’re figuring out how to take advantage of some of the innovative uses for the site.

One obvious use for educators is to boost their personal and professional network, particularly as the service offers more granular controls for privacy and sharing. Within these Circles, as each designated group is called, educators and students can create discussion groups without having to worry about the awkward or troubling “friend” or “follower” relationships that come with Facebook and Twitter.

This is a pretty compelling idea. I’d say that once more people end up on Google+, we may be able to look at Tumblr Teacher hangouts :o)