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Science Apps

Collecting data and making sense of it is an essential science skill. The power of speech allows many of the apps to free students who are blind or visually impaired to collect their own data sets instead of relying on the recordings of a peer or teacher.

General apps useful for science

Color ID Free by GreenGar Studios--Free

Allow students to identify color when making observations or perhaps determine acid or base from pH strips. This one is free, but some of the apps that cost $3-5 may be more accurate when identifying color.

Light Meter from Elena Polyanskaya--$1.99

Students can make inferences about opacity as well as investigate difficult concepts such as shadow and light intensity. Light intensity is represented by tone and % and % is accessible as voice option.

Icon Name Author Cost Comments
stopwatch app icon
Jumbo Stopwatch You Can Sleep When You're Dead Studios Free
Functions as a stopwatch and countdown timer, runs in the background if you want!
You can get Jumbo numbers. The countdown timer sends alerts to you if you're using another app at the time.
alarmed app icon Alarmed ~ Reminders + Timers Yoctoville Free Pop-up timers with custom messages, countdown/countup and pause.

 

Biology

 HudsonAlpha iCell app icon
HudsonAlpha iCell HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Free Plant, animal and bacterial cells models, Learn about the parts of a cell, Hold down one finger on the screen and drag to rotate around the cell, zoom in or out by pinching or flaring fingers, 3D models of cellular organelles
BioIQ: Biology Picture Game BioIQ: Biology Picture Game Clef Software Inc Free Game, match labels with parts, only the plant cell is free, the other apps are $1.99 each
biology 1 app icon Khan Academy: Biology 1, 2 and 3 Ximarc Studios Inc. Free 20 biology related videos
         
cell explorer app icon Cell Explorer: The Animal Cell (Free) Brett Baughma Free Learn about cell organelle structure and function while having fun! You will learn about the nucleus, nucleolus, ribosomes, rough ER, smooth ER, Golgi, vesicles, lysosomes, and more!
smart microscope lite smart Microscope Lite Smart in Media Free Virtual microscope with over 70 microscopic slides of amazing insects, spiders, dangerous parasites, beautiful plants and medical specimens of humans. Can be used like a real microscope, w/ which you can zoom into the virtual slides w/ your fingers. A list of the slides in the full version is available
educam app icon EduCam Classroom Viewer Ken-A-Vision Mfg. Co., Inc. Free Enables users to view, capture, annotate and share live streaming images directly from a document camera, visualizer or digital microscope. Use with FlexCam® visualizers, kena® and Ken-A-Vision® educational microscopes.
iMicroscope app icon iMicroscope w/ Flash Light Inner Four, Inc. Free
- Use your ipad as a microscope
- Use either the zoom-in and zoom-out buttons or pinch the screen to zoom in and out.

Chemistry

Icon Name Author Cost Comments
periodic table app icon
Periodic Table App FWSMC Free List of Elements, Table View, and Quiz
oxford app icon Oxford Instruments Periodic Table HMA Digital Marketing Free Click on an element to learn about it and learn which analytical instrument can detect and measure its presence in a given sample. Alternatively, click on one of the analytical products displayed to reveal which range of elements can be detected and measured.
periodic table + app icon Periodic Table+ Jan Dedek Free
The application includes search bar where you can find elements:
-by proton number
-by symbol
-by name
periodic table of elements app icon Periodic Table of Elements Kevin Kneelands Free
Select a chemical attribute and have the entire chart color coded to plainly show how the different elements vary with regard to the selected trait.
You can select
1. Atomic Number 2. Chemical Family 3. Electronegativity 4. Radioactivity
5. Melting Point
6. Boiling Point
7. State (Solid, Liquid or Gas)
Also includes electron configuration
periodic table hd app icon The Periodic Table HD John Rouda Free Color coded periodic table of elements that includes the name, density, electronic configuration, atomic number, melting point, etc.
k12 periodic table of the elements app icon K12 Periodic Table of the Elements K12 Inc. Free Displays element details such as name, symbol, atomic number, atomic mass, Lewis dots, and radius. Colors change in the table to show classification, melting point, boiling point, outermost orbital, radius, ion radius, electronegativity, and ionization energy.

Earth Science

Icon Name Author Cost Comments
lunasolcal app icon
LunaSolCal Volker Voecking Software Engineering $1.99 Sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, moon phase, etc.
moon. app icon Moon. CDV Concepts Free 3D Moon model, Lunar Phase, Moonrise/Moonset, Lunar Illumination, Lunar Azimuth (where it is in the sky), Lunar Altitude (angle above the horizon), Distance to the moon, Phase Timeline (iPad Only), Partially accessible with voiceover

Weather

Barometer--free

Use voiceover on the iPhone to give current pressure and allows trends and exporting of data. Not supported on the iPad.

Compass

Included with iPhone, available as a download on iPad
Students can determine wind direction by using Voiceover and a compass.

Free Digital Temperature

From Purple Innovation, this app works by accessing the local outside temperature through a weather site. Additional weather data can be obtained by choosing "your local weather" which transfers the student to a weather site.

 

 

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