App Review: HudsonAlpha iCell

HudsonAlpha iCell is a basic educational app that gives a pretty sharp 3d model of the three different types of cells: Animal, Plant, and Bacterial.

When you click on the type of cell you want to learn more about the app allows you to then zoom in and rotate the cell so you can isolate organelles and then click on those to see three levels of descriptions: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.  Each level being more complex than the previous.

This app is great for reference and visual aid.  It really allows students to see what the cells’ organelles really look like.  The explanation of what each organelle does is also a good tool for quick reference.

It’s also a free app, which is great because you don’t have to worry about buying 30 separate copies for the whole classroom.

The only problems with this app that I’ve encountered were some compatibility issues with the iPad when the restriction settings were enabled.  The app would crash until you rebooted those settings.  Also the advanced information, while accurate, is a little above high school level and geared more towards college kids.

In all, this is a great app to accompany any lesson on parts of the cell or cell types.

Rating: 4/5

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