I stumbled upon a YouTube Channel called MinutePhysics. Under it’s description it describes itself as, “Simply put: Cool physics and other sweet science – all in a minute!” (Although the videos run about 2 to 4 minutes or so but you get the idea.) The videos really break down complex topics such as ‘The Big Bang’ or ‘Does the Universe Have a Purpose?’ As the video is narrarated you can see a hand drawing several simple drawings with markers to help the viewer understand the narration. It’s a great visual aid that really complements the voice over. I am positive many science and math teachers can put these videos to good use in the classroom. I find them not just educational but entertaining as well. I’ve always had a fascination with space and I find myself just scrolling through all the videos and watching ones with interesting titles that really peek my curiosity. There are currently over 80 videos to choose from. Here are just a few for you to check out. Enjoy!
I find it odd that the iPad, clearly one of the most revolutionary computing devices in the consumer market, does not even come with a calculator. The iPhone has a simple calculator when held normally but when held in landscape position stretches to reveal more buttons and becomes a scientific calculator. So clearly Apple understands the need for a calculator. Apple also clearly wants iPads to be used in the classroom so it’s mind-boggling that they left the calculator app out.
The iPhone Calculator:
Well, for whatever the reason, there really is no sense in trying to make sense of it all and if and when they ever do make one then it will be welcomed with open arms by everyone I’m sure but until then we’ll just have to sort through the calculator apps in the App Store. So here are my findings for the best free calculator apps. I stress free because there are good free calculator apps and school budgets need not waste money purchasing calculator apps when that money can go towards other more useful educational apps. I also am quick to disregard any apps that have ads in them so even though there are other free calculator apps that are great, possibly even better, when it comes to ads they can be so distracting and something as simple as that can lose the students’ focus on the task at hand so any apps mentioned here are also ad-free =)