Using iPad to enhance Science?

IPad has proved itself to be a great tool in the classroom for many reasons. I still think that there are so many simple applications for it in subjects where observing learning is so important.
Let’s take a look at some simple ideas in Science lessons.

Using the camera to explore.
We often ask our students to go and explore something, to identify things and re-out on them, to find the science in the world around them. Well here is a simple idea for how you can use the iPad in something as simple as a bug hunt.
Using the camera, learners not only get to document their findings but due to the amazing camera functions such as slow motion or the magnifier, you can actually explore the detail even more. Take this video as an example. The Bee was actually on the table in front of me, i was able to film it in great detail as it ‘drank’ the liquid. The level of detail here allows learners to see what is happening in detail and can inspire so much more than simply counting how many bugs they might see on a hunt.

The same process works for other activities too. Filming experiments in slow motion, not only allows you to see it over and over again but also explore the experiment in more detail.
Check out this “Elephants toothpaste’ experiment looking at exothermic reactions.

Next up, what about the use of animation to support understanding of concepts?
I have used Keynote to make some very simple animations, using the transition effect Magic Move. With the new shapes library (and a little imagination) you can create animated versions of science taking place. Allowing learners a different way to access the learning. These examples are designed to provide simple input but can be further enhanced by allowing the learners to add their own voiceover explanations to what is happening. Recording a keynote animation is simple, just use the screen record function in the control centre. Add a separate voiceover by adding the movie to iMovie

The Water Cycle

Plant Respiration

Electrical Circuits

Documenting Science
One last idea is to think about how science is recorded. All too often it is written down in books, documenting the process in the form of writing, which seems a little restrictive when lots of science is visual and practical. So consider using tools like Book Creator or the new eBook creation tools in Pages, to allow learners to create their own science journals that can be full of multi media elements, videos of experiments, audio recordings of their findings, drawings of their planning etc.
Check out this simple guide to making it all work in the classroom.

Scientific Storytelling by Mathew Pullen


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