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Best Biology Apps and Websites for Students

Amp up animal acumen and power up plant knowledge with tech tools that look at the science of life. From endangered species to the secrets of the ocean and games that give kids a new perspective, these apps, games, and websites will get kids hooked on the world of living things.

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MarcoPolo Ocean

Young explorers discover oceans through puzzles and free play

Bottom Line: This fun app helps kids gain an appreciation for the waters that cover much of the Earth's surface.

Ansel and Clair's Adventures in Africa

Find lions, giraffes, and a robot (oh my!) in this fab app adventure

Bottom Line: Highly engaging way for kids to discover Africa's fascinating animals and ecosystems.

LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Super Animal Genius

Fun mini-games about animals and habitats from around the world

Bottom Line: Fun mini-games tackle the fauna of the world with engaging variety.

Mystery Science

Big questions, kids' curiosity drive thoughtful science curriculum

Bottom Line: Powerful science units that capitalize on elementary students’ natural curiosity.

World Book's World of Animals

Impressive multimedia encyclopedia of animals

Bottom Line: Rich animal resource has lots of science, research, and writing applications.

Lifeliqe

Impressive, interactive 3D models augment or drive classroom learning

Bottom Line: Lifeliqe is a no-brainer for supplying clear, professional 3D models for deep investigation, if your class is studying the topics covered in high res.

Wisconsin Fast Plants

Easiest way to use plants in K-12 science classrooms

Bottom Line: Detailed resource and support website for those teaching science through plants.

LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Oceans

Dive deep into the ocean and learn about the creatures that live there

Bottom Line: Ms. Frizzle packs tons of fun learning into this underwater game, which can help build excitement around marine study in the classroom.

Pines to Vines - The Forest Biome

Amazing digital science textbook for a range of abilities

Bottom Line: The price tag is a little high, but if you want a comprehensive resource to teach kids about forest biomes, this digital text delivers.

Earth Rangers

Kid conservationist's paradise with great images, vids, animals galore

Bottom Line: Great ecology lesson plans and videos are rich with engrossing animal goodies, but the accompanying games don't teach much science.

NAMOO - Wonders of Plant Life

Gorgeous hands-on 3D plant app will spark understanding

Bottom Line: This educational plant app illustrates lessons and engages students much better than any textbook or video.

Edheads

Realistic, appealing simulations deliver superb science content

Bottom Line: Definitely one for your “love it” list, the site helps kids simulate science and engineering career activities while covering related content.

Crazy Plant Shop

Shop sim makes Punnett squares playful

Bottom Line: Key science skills and competencies serve not as add-ons to the game but core mechanics, allowing genetics learning to occur naturally through play.

Cell Strike

Fight infections on compelling biology-based missions

Bottom Line: A fun and efficient way for students to learn how components of the immune system work, with a bonus lesson in strategy.

Spore

Kids play mad scientists to design fantastic creatures

Bottom Line: Spore is a great game for digital creation and design, wherein kids experiment with biological adaptation.

Mosa Mack Science

Engaging design challenges turn kids into actual science detectives

Bottom Line: An engaging way to weave some engineering into your middle school science lessons.

Inq-ITS

Virtual labs epitomize the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Bottom Line: Earth, life, and physical science simulations coach kids through the NGSS Practices.

Encyclopedia of Life

Superb crowdsourced knowledge bank teems with life for kid biologists

Bottom Line: It's jam-packed with vetted information on all living things; kids can become part of a vibrant community of science-minded folks.

ARKive

Captivating catalog of biodiversity with great classroom resources

Bottom Line: Powerful images and videos capture kids' attention and make them want to learn more.

Cell and Cell Structure

Visually stunning tool great for supplementing lessons about cells

Bottom Line: Cell and Cell Structure is an interactive and engaging reference tool that takes kids on a journey to learn about cells.

Cell Command

Immersive biology game keeps students interested during learning

Bottom Line: Students take away a broad knowledge of cell anatomy and function.

The Concord Consortium

Vast collection of science resources emphasizes written reflection

Bottom Line: A selection of online science simulations paired with a teacher dashboard to track progress.

Learn.Genetics

Dreamland of multimedia resources for budding biologists

Bottom Line: Biology teachers and students will find a lot of useful multimedia here to help them teach and understand complex genetics topics.

NOVA Labs

Online science, mastered: exceptional content within meaningful tasks

Bottom Line: Serious, sophisticated science engagement -- but be prepared to take some prep time to connect these labs with your classroom.

Re-Mission 2

Six arcade-style games tackle tough subject of cancer

Bottom Line: Hours of engaging gameplay will grab even non-gamers and, with some guided reflection, can spur serious learning about the human body.

Niche - a genetics survival game

Immersive genetics sim puts evolution in students' hands

Bottom Line: This hands-on genetics game allows students to experiment, explore traits, and come away with a sophisticated understanding of the subject.

AP Exam Prep Biology

Comprehensive array of study tools, solid content make studying a snap

Bottom Line: Packed with plenty of study materials, if used wisely, this bio study tool will be worth the price.

BioInteractive

High-quality multimedia brings biological research to life

Bottom Line: Superb multimedia tools and lesson plans help kids explore biology through real-world examples.

Cogent Education

Think like a scientist: Solve biology case studies

Bottom Line: Practice problem-solving skills and learn biology through interactive case studies.

Labster

Impressive, advanced virtual biotech labs contain glitches

Bottom Line: Take it out for a spin to get a sense of its limitations and those glitches, and then embrace this amazing virtual tool as an introduction, a review, or (sometimes) even a wet-lab replacement.

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