3D Brain – An iPad App for Psychology

Here’s a post from Ms. Beetson’s use of a application called “3D Brain” for use with her Psychology students. Wonderful stuff!

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I thought I was pretty clever when I stumbled across this app in my search for something to support the psych students whilst dissecting goats’ brains. Turns out this is a really well known app – and it was already installed on our school iPads ready to go.

The beauty of 3D Brain is not only how easy it is to use and how  clearly you can see the parts of the brain (it helped us locate the thalamus, hypothalamus and hippocampus really easily), but the descriptions of the functions of different parts of the brain were especially helpful in connecting to the unit on biological psychology.

Produced by an edu – these people know what they are doing. The students loved it – in the follow up lesson I had trouble getting them to give the ipads up. I was most impressed, though, by the links given to recent (reputable journal) articles relating to this aspect of psychology.  So easy to use, plus we now have a bank of recent research to refer to throughout the course.

iPads in HS English: 10th Grade Literary Analysis Visual Project

Ms. Mazarakis’ Grade 10 students integrated iPads as a wonderful tool for enhancing their literacy analysis visual project. I snapped a few photos of the works in progress, but I recommend viewing the final student work below. Check out the full project via this link. 

Ms. Mazarakis’ introduction to the project:

10th Grade Literary Analysis Visual Project:

“Students created Google presentations to practice their skills of literary analysis.  Each slide in the presentation has three components: a rich excerpt taken from a short story, analysis of a literary element within the excerpt, and a visual representation created using Paper 53 on the iPads.  Students worked collaboratively to create the presentation in class, taking turns typing the text on laptops and working with the iPads to create images.  The novelty of the iPads definitely increased their enthusiasm for the assignment.  We were all impressed with the professional quality and originality of the artwork that resulted from using this app!

Many thanks to the 10th grade English team who collaboratively created this project—my contribution was simply to add iPads into the mix!”


Maine School District Giving Every Kindergarten Student A Free iPad 2

A school district in Maine has been approved to offer a free iPad 2 to every Kindergarten student. Here’s the full story.

“This is truly redefining how we’re going to teach and learn. We’re talking about a new tool, the iPad2. You begin to watch how young people jump on, jump in and figure this thing out. It has great potential for leveling the playing field for all students.”

Some students start kindergarten behind others “and never catch up,” Morrill said. The iPad2 “can close that gap for many students. It can also accelerate learning for many others.”

When young children are given an iPad2, “they can make it sing. … It gives me great pleasure to roll this out,” Morrill said. Auburn can reach its goal of boosting literacy rates from 62 percent to 90 percent by 2013, “and this is the tool to do it.”