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Google Science Journal: A lab in your pocket

Posted on 06/12/2018

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Sometimes an app truly demonstrates the power of mobile. Google’s Science Journal External link opens in new window or tab app transforms your mobile device into a little science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data and record observations from the world around them. Use it to enhance learning in your classrooms and in the field, and to facilitate the development of your own citizen scientists.

Released last year, the free app available forAndroid External link opens in new window or tab, iOS External link opens in new window or tab and most Chromebooks, has been significantly updated. It offers a suite of tools that in the past would have to be purchased at rather prohibitive cost–tools to measure light, motion, sound, G-forces and more. Among the newer tools are a linear accelerometer, a magnetometer and a compass. The note-taking feature is now integrated into the experimental timeline and there’s an improved snapshot mode. Young scientists can now compare results and set up triggers for their recordings.

While the app offers ample and exciting opportunities for open-ended exploration, students and teachers can choose from a long list of free interdisciplinary experiments External link opens in new window or tab, developed through university and educational start-up partners,that include media-rich, step-by-step instructions. Among those partners are the ?California Academy of Sciences External link opens in new window or tab, the New York Hall of Science External link opens in new window or tab, and Science Buddies External link opens in new window or tab.

Experiments may be filtered and browsed by level, equipment, author, duration and features. These are not just for classroom use. Consider the field possibilities for summer learning!

Source: School Library Journal External link opens in new window or tab