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Some Very Good Apps for Science and Chemistry Teachers

September 6, 2015
The list of apps below are especially useful for science and chemistry teachers. They provide some very good resources and educational video content covering a wide variety of scientific topics which you can incorporate in your classroom instruction.  From virtual animations of cells to teaching students the skill of naming compounds and writing formulas, these apps will definitely make a difference in the way learners approach various science topics.

1- NOVA Elements

‘Did you ever wonder why the periodic table is shaped the way it is, what gives each element its own unique set of properties, or even how elements combine to make everyday objects such as a cup of coffee? With “NOVA Elements,” explore an interactive periodic table, play a game hosted by David Pogue, or watch the two-hour NOVA program, “Hunting the Elements.’

2- VideoScience

‘A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.’

3- Virtual Cell Animations

‘The Virtual Cell Animations app includes an animation, still images, narrative, and content quiz. In version 1.4, the modules covered are aerobic respiration; cellular respiration; meiosis and mitosis; photosynthesis; protein expression; RNA expression; secretion; and signaling.’

4- Science Glossary

‘A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies that support our science education website, All definitions link to related terms and to free, detailed science learning modules. Though geared for high school and undergraduate students using our website, the glossary and modules are appropriate for anyone generally interested in science.’

5- Molecules

‘Molecules is an application for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once. These structures can be viewed in both ball-and-stick and spacefilling visualization modes.’

6- Organic Chemistry Essentials

‘Organic Chemistry Essentials is the perfect addition to your textbook and a great mobile companion. Designed by a former organic chemistry instructor, Organic Chemistry Essentials is fun and covers many topics such as reagents, synthetic strategy, and organic reactions. The app also has little-known trick reactions, clues to organic reactions, and organic chemistry nerd humor.’

7- Chemistry Formulas Practice Lite

‘Chemistry Formulas Practice stimulates students’ mastery of the fundamental skill of naming compounds and writing formulas. The practice categories include ionic and molecular compounds, acids, bases, polyatomic ions, hydrocarbons, and organic functional groups. Students may choose their pace as they work from formula to name or name to formula.’