Biology on the iPhone and iPod Touch

Some classrooms discourage games, and tell students to put the ipods away.  Recently, I’ve been finding myself bringing new games and apps for the ipod into the classroom.  Below are a few that I’ve found useful.   Let me know if you have found others.


Brain Tutor 3D (iphone and ipod touch – FREE)
Explore the brain from the palm of your hand! Learn about the structure and function of the human brain by interacting with rotatable 3D models in real-time like you’ve never seen it before!


Brain Tutor 3D uses rendered head and brain models that were created from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. This allows to look “inside” the head using real-time slicing. For students, medical professional and everyone interested in the brain, the program contains information about major parcellation schemes of the cerebral cortex, including lobes, gyri, sulci and Brodmann areas.



The Chemical Touch Lite –  (iphone and ipod touch – FREE)
Chemical knowledge on the go, a Periodic Table and Amino Acid Companion for the iPhone and iPod touch!


Explore the properties of the elements and the standard amino acids with The Chemical Touch. A touch sensitive periodic table on one side and amino acid companion on the other, The Chemical Touch provides a wealth of information right at your fingertips. In addition to atomic mass, properties such as the density, melting point, boiling point, atomic radius, and electronegativity can be selected to recolor the periodic table to display trends in these common properties. Having exhausted the displayed information, click the internet button to see the Wikipedia page for the selected element or amino acid.


Molecules (iphone and ipod touch – FREE)

Molecules is an application for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows you to view three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulate them using your fingers.

Molecules displaying DNA

With this program, you can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once. The combination of the iPhone / iPod touch’s unique multitouch input system and the built-in 3D graphics capabilities enable you to feel like you are manipulating the molecules themselves with your fingers.


Speed Bones Lite (iphone and ipod touch – FREE)

Speed Bones MD is a fun an addictive game that tests your speed and challenges your memory.

Speed Bones MD is a useful game if you are tackling anatomy for high school, university or medical school. It is more captivating than flashcards and practice mode allows you to learn specific regions without doing all the previous levels.

The free version Speed Bones Lite is also available.


Speed Muscles MD Released!

Speed Muscles MD (app store.) is a fun, addictive way to learning your muscles!  New in this game is the review mode (coming soon in Speed Bones MD and Speed Bones Lite) which allows you to review the parts you’ve missed after a game.

This is a must have game if you are tackling anatomy for high school, university or medical school. Practice mode allows you to learn specific regions without doing all the previous levels. Review mode lets you replay all the mistake you made in the last game to increase learning speed.