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STEM App Spotlight: Wonders of Life

High school students exploring the building blocks of life will be mesmerized by the new app from Professor Brian Cox, Wonders of Life.

 

Designed for the high-quality display of an iPad screen this app is beautiful and informative.  There is a wealth of information that can excite students learning about a new topic or simply spark their curiosity and encourage them to learn more about their world.  This fantastic interactive app has a clear place in the STEM classroom to show students video clips and access informational text.

If you are familiar with Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe then you know that this complementary app has a lot to offer educators.  Wonders of Life includes over eighty articles, thirty three-dimensional models and more than two hours of video footage from the BBC series of the same name.  There is a very helpful introduction that makes it simple to understand just how to navigate this seemingly endless app.  Teachers can scroll through the top menu to look for content organized by continent or topic.  A journey to North America will take students underwater to learn about cenote caves in Central America.  In the Africa section your students can view video clips and read selections about the impact chameleons and termites have on the environment.

Wonders of Life is perfect for high school students to explore independently.  This app could be used to help them gather ideas for a research project or make connections to concepts being covered in their biology or life science classroom.  Middle school teachers may also find that the video clips are useful to hook students at the beginning of a lesson and the readings help them refresh their memory on different topics.  Wonders of Life is a must-have app for teachers looking to engage their students through powerful multimedia content!

Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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