Exploring Physics

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  • Windows, iPad, iPhone, Web
  • Free
  • age 12+
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About Exploring Physics

Exploring Physics is an educational app which allows students to complete tasks in an interactive way to develop their understanding of the key areas of the Physics curriculum. Exploring Physics provides the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge to a range of topics such as Energy, Motion, Electricity and Circuits. This app is an ideal tool for Teachers too, as it contains an abundance of information to help develop teaching methods, ensure key content coverage, and help to understand common misconceptions. Each topic book provides links to the ‘Big Ideas’ in Science and all give clear objectives for the course. Exploring Physics is compatible with most devices including iPad, Chromebook, Mac and Windows.

Exploring Physics is free to download with the opportunity to create a bespoke profile containing specific Physics units for your course at an additional, but reasonable cost. The app provides engaging interactions between students and their teachers and can be instrumental in securing progress with Physics understanding. This app will develop a variety of skills including independent, application, numeracy and critical thinking. 

Exploring Physics Review

What is Exploring Physics App:

Exploring Physics is an educational app which is suitable for teaching professionals, parents and students who wish to support, develop and secure their Physics understanding in an interactive and engaging way.

What we love about Exploring Physics:

Exploring Physics is an incredibly extensive app which has the ability to support and develop student understanding of Physics concepts which are notoriously hard to comprehend. The dynamic aspect of the app is engaging and effective. It allows for communication between students, teachers and staff to personalise the progress of an individual.

What age is it appropriate for:

Exploring Physics is suitable for students in the age range of 11-18 and can contain the common Physics topics covered in most school curriculums. The app is free to download and easy to navigate with clear imagery. The app has the option to purchase textbooks of different Physics units allowing for the app to be tailored to the individual or school.

What skills does it improve:

This app will develop a variety of skills including independent, application, numeracy and critical thinking. It will help students cement their core understanding of Physics topics.

Is exploring Physics easy to use:

Exploring Physics is incredibly easy to use. It is easy to navigate with clear imagery. An in-app help button takes an individual directly to the apps supporting website, which contains a clear ‘how to’ page explaining in detail how to get the best out of the resources. These resources can be viewed online or downloaded and printed for distribution to students/parents who may need more direction.

How will students benefit:

Use by students allows individuals to enter the app and read purchased textbooks to develop understanding of content. They are able to complete assignments set by their teachers to demonstrate application of skills and secure their Physics knowledge. Teachers are able to mark completed assignments, giving feedback to students, allowing them to identify misconceptions in their work, which ultimately supports student progress. Seamless setting and completing of assignments provides tasks instantly and would be incredibly beneficial for supporting students in remote education or distance learning. Use of this app would be valuable in supporting to fill the gaps in knowledge, as a result of potential missed learning.

Instant access to the Physics textbooks allows for parents to support students who may be struggling. A unique aspect of this app is the ability to complete a task using a variety of feedback formats. Individuals have the choice to respond to questions using text, graphs, drawings or formulas to ensure they respond in the way most appropriate.

Students are able to embed their responses into the tasks for teacher assessment. This allows students to develop their independent skills including numeracy, literacy and application. The addition of an in-app calculator and whiteboard provides students with all of the equipment necessary to complete the task, ensuring it is inclusive to all environments and settings. One of the main features of the app which provides instant support from the teacher is the use of the in-app chat, allowing staff and students to post a comment on individual pages of their work, supporting any issues the student has and providing helpful prompts from the teacher.

How will teachers benefit:

Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of the app for teachers, is the ability to use it as a resource for developing their schemes of work. Exploring Physics textbooks contain links to the ‘Science Big idea’s’ and provides lesson objectives reflective of the chapter content and tasks available which is an invaluable time saver for teachers, especially supportive of those who are not Physics specialists. This additional detail would be useful for preparing staff for Ofsted discussions by focusing on the key aspects of impactful curriculum design and ensuring it is fit for purpose. Being able to access the app from a variety of sources (tablets, macs, windows) allows teachers instant access without the need to carry physical textbooks around.

Teachers can filter their search for appropriate content and tasks within the app. The ability to separate content as a textbook overview, Lab examples, practice tasks and textbook reading, allows teachers to create bespoke assignments for individual users or classes, which promotes differentiation. Assigning tasks for homework or classwork is simple, once the appropriate task has been located, teachers click an assign button and select the class they wish to assign. Dates and times for deadlines can be amended to suit individual timeframes, and additional messages can be included with further information if required. When assignments are ready to be marked, this can be accessed via the review section. Having chosen an assignment to grade, responses are split into completed and outstanding ones, making keeping track of workload simple. As the assignment is marked there is a running tally of the student’s total mark providing a snapshot into their attainment score. Usefully, teachers are then able to export the data obtained from the assignment which allows for further analysis and use within the school’s progress methods.

How will parents benefit:

Instant access to the Physics textbooks allows for parents to support students who may be struggling and encourages paired learning.

Exploring Physics can improve on:

Exploring Physics has the ability to evolve beyond its current provision. Development into more content coverage, updated curriculum coverage, and expanding into all areas of Science are the obvious next steps.

How much does Exploring Physics cost:

The app is free to download and easy to navigate with clear imagery. The app has the option to purchase textbooks of different Physics units allowing for the app to be tailored to the individual or school.

Is Exploring Physics safe to use:

Yes - One of the main features of the app which provides instant support from a teacher to their student is the use of the in-app chat, allowing staff and students to post a comment on individual pages of their work, supporting any issues the student has and providing helpful prompts from the teacher. This chat is only shared between the participating school and its students, so follows safeguarding guidelines.

Overall rating of the app:

The app is fully deserving of four stars, and I feel it has the ability to evolve beyond its current provision.

App Details

Ratings

Devices

Website, Windows, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Cognitive Development
Critical Thinking
Engagement and Usability
Academic Relevance
Self-Direction

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Exploring Physics LLC

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