When updating lesson plans, teachers can look toward STEM apps to enhance their teaching methods.
Many traditional educational tools remain valuable, but teachers who want to engage students should consider incorporating the use of STEM apps. Over the last 20 years, the world has become reliant on the web, streamlining everything from education to business online. Prepare students for the real world by incorporating the following 10 tools into lesson plans and bringing STEM apps to the classroom.
A mathematics app, GeoGebra is a geometry, algebra, spreadsheet, graphing, statistics and calculus tool that addresses the needs of all education levels. Of its many accolades in the STEM-apps world, it most recently received the Microsoft Partner of the Year Award 2015. Teachers can work along with students or use the authoring tool to launch web pages that include interactive lessons.
Designed for high school and college students, Pocket Physics is a free, Android-only app. A useful homework reference tool or in-class reading resource, Pocket Physics covers many of the science’s complex concepts.
A STEM app by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI), RoboNation allows students to engage in hands-on robotics activities. Students would find this most beneficial as a lab assignment. RoboNation can be used on Apple or Android.
4. Project Noah
Helping all ages discover wildlife and record sightings, Project Noah is a STEM app that allows students to explore life science. Students are able to earn patches and embark upon missions generated according to their location and record spottings. Encourage students to use the app during scheduled class outings to parks and nature attractions, over weekends and during holidays.
5. Earth Now
Utilizing recent global climate data from earth science satellites, Earth Now from NASA displays data in an easy-to-navigate 3-D model. Earth science lessons can be based upon tracking surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, water vapor, and variations in gravity and sea level through this STEM app. Available for Apple or Android.
Sourced from some of NASA’s most recent newsworthy stories, some of which are taken straight from The Space Place site, activities, educational video and images, this app for Apple and Android includes refreshed content daily. After archiving the material that is most relevant to their lessons, teachers can share information with students through the STEM app.
7. Anatomy 4D
Ideal for any environment, whether in-class lessons or during research at home, daqri’s Anatomy 4D offers an interactive AR experience to explore the human body. The app has found success among young students and those headed for medical school. According to Qualcomm Technologies, Anatomy 4D stands out among anatomy STEM apps and has gained the attention of Stanford The University of Illinois and Trinity College.
8. Do-U-Nano by NanoTecNexus
One of the more versatile STEM apps, Do-U-Nano was created by NanoTecNexus founder Adriana Vela and designed for grades K-12. Students are guided through nanotechnology’s history, examples of the science in everyday life, specific careers and the path leading to the future. Adobe Air is required to run the app, which is available for Apple and Android.
9. C++ Tutorial
Through more than 80 lessons, this program from SoloLearn’s STEM apps is designed for anyone who wishes to learn programming, including those with no previous experience. Teachers can use lessons to introduce basic concepts, data types, arrays, pointers, conditional statements, loops functions, classes and objects. As students unlock new levels, teachers can monitor progress through quizzes and allow pupils to compete with other global users.
This SoloLearn app uses presentations to introduce HTML-lesson content, followed by quizzes, thereby immediately asking students to identify correct answers. Teachers can use the app to introduce concepts through projecting the lesson to the front of the room and assigning tutorials for study at home. As an introduction to HTML STEM apps, this program is best suited for students in eleventh or twelfth grade.
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