30 Accessible iPad Apps for Science

This list is shared with permission of Sara Larkin.  This is an updated version of the original online.


List of Recommended Apps for the Visually Impaired

via app icon
Braille Institute
- Organized by categories
- Works with voiceover

Smartboards, etc.

join me app icon
LogMeln, Inc
Viewing someone's computer screen
team viewer app icon TeamViewer for Remote Control TeamViewer Free Allows viewing and access of a remote computer screen such as a teacher's computer screen


dropbox app icon
Allows access of documents over multiple devices and/or people


iAnnotate app icon
Branchfire, Inc.
Allows for the ability to read, markup, and share PDF, DOC, PPT and image files
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard app icon Educreations Interactive Whiteboard Educreations, Inc. Free Turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard with choice of pen color on white background, import images, and record voice with it
absolute board app Absolute Board Hyeoseong Hwang Free Color choice for pen & background, Path traceable eraser, Ability to email snapshot of your drawing, Zooming in/out & moving with two fingers, Undo/Redo functions, Import photos
Paper - notes, photo annotation, and sketches app icon Paper by FiftyThree FiftyThree, Inc. Free Capture ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web
iDoodle2 Lite iDoodle2 Lite Josiah Larson Free Draw in an array of colors with full alpha support, sketch basic geometric shapes along with the pen and "blob" tool, replay your drawings, undo/redo with a quick half-flip, save images to your library, and more and e-mail them
paperport notes PaperPort Notes Nuance Communications Free Capture handwritten notes, typed text, images, web content, and audio. PaperPort Notes even allows you to take advantage of the voice recognition software (Dragon Dictate) to capture ideas and notes simply by speaking.
SAS Gloss SAS Gloss SAS Institute, Inc. Free Layer text, images, and drawings. Add a layer of gloss to photos or PDF documents – use for worksheets, tests and quizzes. Turn on graph paper for math class or create elaborate drawings and scenes to add to any creative project

Video Lessons

Icon Name Author Cost Comments
khan academy app icon
Khan Academy Khan Academy Free Library of over 4,200 videos that cover a number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as math, biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.


Icon Name Author Cost Comments
 HudsonAlpha iCell app icon
HudsonAlpha iCell HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Free Plant, animal and bacterial cells models, Learn about the parts of a cell, Hold down one finger on the screen and drag to rotate around the cell, zoom in or out by pinching or flaring fingers, 3D models of cellular organelles
BioIQ: Biology Picture Game BioIQ: Biology Picture Game Clef Software Inc Free Game, match labels with parts, only the plant cell is free, the other apps are $1.99 each
biology 1 app icon Khan Academy: Biology 1 Ximarc Studios Inc. Free 20 biology related videos
biology 2 app icon Khan Academy: Biology 2 Ximarc Studios Inc. Free 20 biology related videos
biology 3 app icon Khan Academy: Biology 3 Ximarc Studios Inc. Free 18 biology related videos
cell explorer app icon Cell Explorer: The Animal Cell (Free) Brett Baughma Free Learn about cell organelle structure and function while having fun! You will learn about the nucleus, nucleolus, ribosomes, rough ER, smooth ER, Golgi, vesicles, lysosomes, and more!
smart microscope lite smart Microscope Lite Smart in Media Free Virtual microscope with over 70 microscopic slides of amazing insects, spiders, dangerous parasites, beautiful plants and medical specimens of humans. Can be used like a real microscope, w/ which you can zoom into the virtual slides w/ your fingers. A list of the slides in the full version is available
educam app icon EduCam Classroom Viewer Ken-A-Vision Mfg. Co., Inc. Free Enables users to view, capture, annotate and share live streaming images directly from a document camera, visualizer or digital microscope. Use with FlexCam® visualizers, kena® and Ken-A-Vision® educational microscopes.
iMicroscope app icon iMicroscope w/ Flash Light Inner Four, Inc. Free
- Use your ipad as a microscope
- Use either the zoom-in and zoom-out buttons or pinch the screen to zoom in and out.

Periodic Tables

Icon Name Author Cost Comments
periodic table app icon
Periodic Table App FWSMC Free
List of Elements, Table View, and Quiz
oxford app icon Oxford Instruments Periodic Table HMA Digital Marketing Free Click on an element to learn about it and learn which analytical instrument can detect and measure its presence in a given sample. Alternatively, click on one of the analytical products displayed to reveal which range of elements can be detected and measured.
periodic table + app icon Periodic Table+ Jan Dedek Free
The application includes search bar where you can find elements:
-by proton number
-by symbol
-by name
periodic table of elements app icon Periodic Table of Elements Kevin Kneelands Free
Select a chemical attribute and have the entire chart color coded to plainly show how the different elements vary with regard to the selected trait.
You can select
1. Atomic Number 2. Chemical Family 3. Electronegativity 4. Radioactivity
5. Melting Point
6. Boiling Point
7. State (Solid, Liquid or Gas)
Also includes electron configuration
periodic table hd app icon The Periodic Table HD John Rouda Free Color coded periodic table of elements that includes the name, density, electronic configuration, atomic number, melting point, etc.
k12 periodic table of the elements app icon K12 Periodic Table of the Elements K12 Inc. Free Displays element details such as name, symbol, atomic number, atomic mass, Lewis dots, and radius. Colors change in the table to show classification, melting point, boiling point, outermost orbital, radius, ion radius, electronegativity, and ionization energy.

Stopwatches, Timers

Icon Name Author Cost Comments
stopwatch app icon
Jumbo Stopwatch You Can Sleep When You're Dead Studios Free
Functions as a stopwatch and countdown timer, runs in the background if you want!
You can get Jumbo numbers. The countdown timer sends alerts to you if you're using another app at the time.
alarmed app icon Alarmed ~ Reminders + Timers Yoctoville Free Pop-up timers with custom messages, countdown/countup and pause.

Other Science

Icon Name Author Cost Comments
lunasolcal app icon
LunaSolCal Volker Voecking Software Engineering $1.99
Sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, moon phase, etc.
moon. app icon Moon. CDV Concepts Free 3D Moon model, Lunar Phase, Moonrise/Moonset, Lunar Illumination, Lunar Azimuth (where it is in the sky), Lunar Altitude (angle above the horizon), Distance to the moon, Phase Timeline (iPad Only), Partially accessible with voiceover
Fahrenheit app icon Fahrenheit - Free Weather Forecast, Radar & the Temperature on your Home Screen Icon International Travel Weather Calculator Free
Current temperature , conditions, humidity, pressure, dew point temperature, feels like temperature
Also, maximum and minimum temperature, wind direction, weather condition, precipitation, sunrise/sunset, UV Index per day
Works with voiceover

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