In the United States, new national standards are being developed for science education. It is vitally important to have learning tools that can support this new curriculum. easyLearn Rocks & Minerals HD is a digital encyclopedia, designed for middle school students, that combines a large assortment of high quality color photographs with interactive quizzes and activities.
easyLearn Rocks & Minerals HD by easyLearn Apps is the newest title to be added to their library of science apps. This latest app is divided into 3 modules- learn, practice, and quiz. In the learning module, there are many examples of each of the three types of rocks- igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Also included is a portion devoted to common minerals and their properties. In the practice module, challenges include sorting by category, puzzles, questions, and naming pictures. The quiz module provides an assessment of the student’s knowledge of rocks and minerals, giving them immediate feedback on the accuracy of their recall. Here are some sample questions: Which rock is a foliated/banded rock? a) marble b) pegmatite c) quartzite d) slate. What type of sedimentary rock forms when the minerals come out of a solution and crystallize?
a) clastic rock b) chemical rock c) organic rock.
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The availability of digital tools such as this app gives students quick access to information and images that will improve their understanding of earth science. easyLearn Rocks & Minerals HD has an extensive collection of both common and uncommon examples of rocks and minerals. I was impressed by the amount of information in the learning module. If a student were to need specific and detailed information about a particular rock, chances are, he could find it here. Along with identifying rocks, students will also begin to learn the principles of rock classification.
Note - Although this app is very informative, we need to point out that it does contain numerous grammar and spelling errors.
Rocks and minerals make up the vast majority of the Earth’s mass, and they come in varied shapes, sizes, and textures. easyLearn Rocks & Minerals HD is a reference app that middle school students can use in conjunction with other information sources. It helps explain how rocks are categorized, characteristics they share, and ways to differentiate them.
easyLearn Rocks & Minerals HD is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Julie P. - I am a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. I am excited about the possibilities for using technology in education.
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