5 Ideas for Great Tech in Science with only a Single Device (Smartphone or Tablet)

Despite their massive potential, iPad integration hasn’t led to the educational nirvana promised by some Tech gurus.  Here are a few of the things a teacher can do with tech tools that are impossible without.

(1) Google Science Journal Android  IOS

This brilliant FREE app unlocks the sensors in your phone and enables it to record and export data on acceleration, light, sound, magnetic fields etc. You can also connect your phone to Arduino and Vernier devices to link with control devices

Whether you’re a science educator or a hobbyist doing science at home, you can keep your notes, photos, and observations all in one convenient place. Use the sensors in your phone to measure and graph phenomena such as light, sound, and motion, or connect to external sensors via bluetooth to conduct experiments on the world around you.

With the Science Journal app, you can:
• Measure light, sound, acceleration, air pressure, and more using your phone’s built-in sensors.
• Take notes and photos to document your science experiments. More note types coming soon!
• Connect to external sensors using select Bluetooth-enabled Arduino and Vernier devices.
• Export recorded sensor data as CSV files.
• Create automated triggers for recording data and taking notes.
• Use sonification to hear the movement of your graphs.

A blog specific to this app will follow but some ideas here 

(2) Curiscope Vituali-Tee

From Kickstarter beginnings it is growing into a whole range of different ideas. If you are lucky enough to have an   HTC Vive  you can play  Operation Apex

If your budget is nearer to £25 then buy a Virtuali-Tee. A T shirt that creates a VR experience when coupled with a free  App

(3) Flir One

Expensive at £200, but nothing else does what the Flir One Infra-Red camera does. It opens a wealth of experiments you can do.    Em Spectrum, Thermal Energy Transfer competitions. Analysis of building heat loss or in the case of the image below on the right for the identification of cold noses!

 

CNET do a Review here 

(4) Smartphone as a Microscope 

Have access to a 3D Printer? Then you can download the files to print this model for FREE  here   These Zooplankton images below show what it is capable of producing.  Field Trips revolutionised

If you have plenty of optical microscopes you can purchase adapters that allow smartphones to capture images

These cost around £13 and can be bought from here

(5) Bluetooth Thermometers

These are actually barbeque thermometers costing around £50 but work really well for comparing temperatures of up to 6 experiments simultaneously in real time. A free app allows the readings to be taken and recorded.

You can buy them here

 

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