December 1, 2015 (Vol. 35, No. 21)

URL:
http://bit.ly/1SW0Nwa

Rating:
Strong Points: Many different modules, good use of device features
Weak Points: Help/instructions page not working

Platform:
iPad/iPhone/Android

Cost:
Free

Summary:

Armed with their mobile devices, biology students can now easily become field researchers with the My Ecosystem app from the educational company Aecern. The app, which utilizes device features such as the camera and GPS, includes six modules designed to help student scientists collect data about their field research site. The first module, for example, consists of basic characterization of the research site, prompting students to take a photo of the site, to record the GPS coordinates of the site, and describe the biome and landforms found at the site. Subsequent modules within the app have students collect photos and write descriptions about five specific aspects of the research site: animal signs, plants, soil, water resources, and weather conditions. The app is well designed for use by individuals or classes, and it is sure to get students excited about biology.

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