Friday, January 10, 2014

Apps for Researching the Rainforest

The Rainforest as a topic gives students so many choices; endangered fauna and flora, changing eco-systems, deforestation, medicinal herbs, native title or sustainability. Rainforests also provide a good analogy for what is happening with the rest of the planet. If students become aware of the impact that man has on the environment we may be able to get them to tread more lightly within their own environment. Here are some great apps to assist in the research of rainforest habitats.

Taronga Zoo Rainforest Heroes: FREE
Experience Taronga Zoo's Asia rainforest trail. Create a PDF field report using photographs you have taken, observations you have made and information you have collected. Email this report to yourself, your friends or your teacher. Can you solve the mystery of 'Real Heroes' on this Taronga Zoo - Rainforest Heroes?

Taronga Zoo Wild Australia: FREE
Discover the diversity and uniqueness of Australia’s wildlife. Explore the fascinating Wild Australia trails at Taronga Zoo. Create your own PDF posters using the photographs you take, observations you make and information you collect and then email the posters to yourself, your friends or your teacher.

Pepi Tree: $1.99 AU
Pepi Tree is an educational game focusing on a tree as an eco-system or - using simpler words - a home for different animals. Children get to know many facts about them: what they look like, what they eat and where exactly they live - in the branches, on the leaves or under the ground, when they sleep and more.

Wilder Quest - Nature Discovery: FREE
Ever wondered about the mysteries of Australia’s subtropical rainforests? Take a peak inside a virtual ecosystem and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of our natural landscape. Track down critters including the Spotted-tailed Quoll or the Land Mullet and create your very own photo album!

Britannica Kids: Rainforest:
Explore the world’s rainforests and the unique animals, plants and people which inhabit them in this latest addition to the Britannica Kids series. Explore the earth’s rainforests through a wealth of amazing images (which you can e-mail to friends!) videos and informative articles.

Amazon Rainforest Discovery: $1.99 AU
Five different worlds of animals, from crocodiles and dolphins, to chameleons, hummingbirds, jaguars and toucans. Diversity is everywhere! Teaching children interesting facts about each animal and helping them learn something new.

Wildlife Detective: FREE
Play Wildlife Detective protecting animals in the forest. Forests NSW harvests trees but before they do foresters check for all kinds of animals. Foresters take care to protect any rare and endangered species. Look for animal clues such as feathers and burrows that tell them what animals might be living there.

Rainforest Survival Challenge: $0.99 AU
Take the ultimate challenge and learn about rainforest conservation! Help your animals and plants survive in the Amazon with this app designed to challenge and educate children. Learn about the interconnections between the species that call the Amazon home one of the most delicate ecosystems on Earth.

Deep in the Rainforest: $1.99 AU
Your children will learn about the Amazon Rainforest through fun and games by traveling with Amanda. The journey begins when Amanda meets a native boy, Yapariwa, who is looking for his lost brother Atu. As they walk through the rainforest they will discover interesting facts about animals and learn important values of diversity and respect.

Amazing Rainforest: $0.99 AU
This enchanting app captivates a young reader with 17 informative videos on exotic animals from the mysterious rainforests of Asia and South America. It is designed to help a child to acquire knowledge on these animals using the documentary videos, 100s of fun facts and picture galleries.

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