Throughout Investigating Science Outdoors, you may be using a variety of apps as part of your investigations.
We encourage you to use whichever apps best fit you and your situation. For example, if there's a notetaking or video editing app that you are familiar and comfortable with, go ahead and use it. We also encourage you to search the store. And of course, there are many free, basic, or even built-in apps.
The apps listed here are simply recommendations. Note that some of them cost money and/or have in-app purchasing options, and others may include ads.
Journaling, Notetaking, and Drawing/Sketching Apps
There are free, basic notetaking and drawing tools, which can be used. We also encourage the use of physical pen and paper, even a bound journal.
Note Taker HD (for iPad)
Notes Plus by Viet Tran
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard
Compasso by Tim O's Studios
Free HD Compass
Built-in Camera app
Photography options within many notetaking and drawing apps, including Moleskine, Evernote, Penultimate, and Notes Plus.
Crop for Free
Audio Recording Apps
Audio recording options with many notetaking and organizing apps, including Evernote, Notes Plus, and Notability
Built-in Camera app
Editing of videos should be kept to a minimum, but sometimes it is important to trim a video, clip out a section, or change the audio.
Lapse It — time-elapse video
Many online sites provide useful information on identifying plants, so don't neglect the browser if you have Internet access.
Leafsnap for iPad — An app that uses the iPad's camera to help you identify a plant by its leaves
Audubon — Guides, Trees, Wildflowers, Mushrooms, etc. — Search for Audobon and check out the variety of offerings
Many online sites provide useful information on identifying animals, so don't neglect the browser if you have Internet access.
Audubon (Guides, Birds, Insects, Reptiles, Mammals, etc.) — Search for Audobon and check out the variety of offerings
iBird — The Pro version is great, but pricey; there are somewhat less expensive ones appropriate to different regions.
National Geographic Birds
Note: It is challenging to keep a list such as the above up-to-date with the latest and greatest apps available for the iPad. If you have problems with any of the recommended apps, or if you have other recommendations you think we should add to the list, let us know. Your help in this is appreciated.
Study Site Map Template
MapTemplate_InvestigatingScienceOutdoors.pdf (Downloadable for use in Activity 3)
Sources of Remote Imagery
There are many online sources of remote-sensing imagery. We encourage you to search the Web, but here are a few recommendations to get you started.
Google Earth — Application which requires downloading
Windows on Earth
NASA: Earth Observatory
NASA: Visible Earth
NASA: Landsat Image Gallery
NASA: Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
Note: It is challenging to keep a list such as the above up-to-date. If you have problems with any of the links or sites, or if you have other recommendations you think we should add, let us know. Your help in this is appreciated.