Friday, December 27, 2013

The Human Body - Inquiry Apps

Inquiry Learning is one of the areas that many schools are now investigating. It is a great way to incorporate student choice and student voice. One of the many schools I had the privilege to visit this year had a Year 4 class using the inquiry model to investigate the Human Body. These students each went off on their own learning paths negotiated with their teachers. What they produced was fantastic. Many of these apps were identified by the students themselves and we added a couple of other worthwhile apps for this unit next year.

The Human Body: $3.99 AU
Explore an animated and interactive model of the body. The heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe. Designed for kids to discover what we’re made of and how we work. Six layers of the body teach basic human anatomy through the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems.

This is My Body: $1.99 AU
Learn the principles of human anatomy in a playful and engaging way. Created by a team of medical doctors, educators and parents "This is my body - Anatomy for kids" features informations about all important aspects of the human body – all within in a beautifully designed and illustrated app!

Discover your Body: $0.99 AU
Discover Your Body HD is a funny and educational application for kids and adults. It allows you to explore the human body, learning about its organs and parts. Stunning graphics, crystal-clear sound with a professional native speaker, funny sound effects - it's everything you’ve ever wanted in an iPad app.

Clever Crazes You and Your Insides: FREE
In this, one of the many Clever Crazes worlds, students will examine the human body including: skeletal, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive and nervous systems. Kids will also learn about growth and development taking place through life cycles. Great animations and presented in an informative way.

Anatomy Browser: FREE
Anatomy Browser is a human anatomy catalog which allows you to peel away layers of the body and identify muscles, organs, and systems of the body in full 3D. With the ability to adjust the transparency of each layer, you'll be able to easily identify the relationship of organs to each other as well as their names!

Experience Life: $8.99 AU
Through the nervous system’s response to external stimuli, we relate to other living beings and to our surroundings. Our senses receive stimuli; the nervous system processes the information and responds in the most appropriate manner; then, the musculoskeletal system implements the action.

Body Organs for Kids: $0.99 AU
Learning about the human body? Do your students know where the spleen is and what is its purpose ? Do they know that one lung is smaller than the other ? Do they know that the hairs in their nose traps allergens and dust. This are some of the information your students will learn from this app.

Build a Body: FREE
Learn about the body's major organ systems with an excerpt from Spongelab's stunning Build-a-Body series. Choose organs from the organ tray, drag and drop them in their correct position within the body to build each system. Complete all systems and then assemble them into a complete body.

Anatomy 4D: FREE
4D Anatomy allows students to interact with complex information with unprecedented ease, speed, and depth. Completely interactive 4D Anatomy takes viewers inside the human body via a simple-to-use 3-dimensional learning environment. Perfect for use in the classroom.

Bones for Kids: $1.99 AU
Bones for Kids is a fun app that teaches several things about the Human Skeleton. Names and position of bones in a human skeleton plus a brief and simple description of the bones. There is a gallery as well as a Bones Quiz to help kids learn the names and shapes of bones.

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