I have a cart of iPads in my classroom for student use, so I’m very interested in STEM-related iPad apps!
According to Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager in “Invent to Learn,” “Three categories of [school computer] usage were outlined in Robert Taylor’s seminal book on the subject, The Computer in School: Tutor, Tool, Tutee (Taylor, 1980).” The first two computer uses predominate in schools. To use a computer as a “tutee,” however, students must PROGRAM or CODE the computer. While Scratch software (free) is my favorite programming environment to use with students, Scratch still relies on Adobe Flash so it doesn’t function completely on iOS devices like iPads. The following apps are designed specifically for coding on iPads.