Throughout compulsory schooling, there are a series of subjects that are repeated, core knowledge that boys and girls must learn and assimilate because they are part of the most essential skills. One of these matters is the human body : how it is and how it works.
Currently, new technologies have come to play a key role in the entire educational process since, today, we have access, thanks to the Internet, to a large amount of information that makes knowledge of all kinds perfectly accessible to us, both for adults and children.
The educational applications for smartphones and tablets perfectly exemplify this new premise: they take advantage of the possibilities offered by these devices to provide our children with educational content and, at the same time, entertaining. Furthermore, they are resources that exploit the parent-child relationship very positively, a synergy that is one of the main reasons for their success. One of the brightest examples is, today, the Human Body app .
The human body
Tinybop is the company responsible for this app, which was considered the best of 2013 in the Apple Store and which has already been downloaded by 5 million families today. It is an ideal tool for tablets , very useful if you are a teacher or have children of school age, because they will allow the little ones to learn the parts and functions of the organs and tissues of the body in the most entertaining way possible. The only “buts”, however, is that it only exists for iOS and that it is not free: it costs € 1.99 .
The Human Body shows us, briefly, what we have inside us. Through interactive animations children will discover how the different systems work:
What is important is that you will be able to experiment with them. To give just one example, in the nervous system section, when we press any part of the skin on the screen, we will see how the information travels through the nerves to the brain.
The Human Body shows us, briefly, what we have inside us. Through interactive animations, children will discover how the nervous, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, muscular system works and, for € 0.89 more, the urogenital system. And most importantly, they will be able to experiment with them. To give just one example, in the nervous system section, when we press any part of the skin on the screen, we will see how the information travels through the nerves to the brain.
The little ones will find detailed interactive models of the heart, brain, eyes, stomach, mouth and many more organs and body structures, and they will be able to use the device’s functions to continue learning: operate the front camera to study how human vision works, use the microphone to watch hearing test, use the music in the app to check how the brain receives it, etc.
As for the characteristics of the app itself, it allows more than acceptable customization , since you can change the background color and modify the appearance of our profile at all times, and it does not have much text, as it is based on drawings ( there are more than 200). In addition, Tinybop has designed an intelligent parental control system where parents, in their profiles, will be able to see what their children are doing in their respective profiles (without the little ones knowing it) and, thus, take complete control of their learning.
Another of the most attractive options of The Human Body is the possibility of making recordings with questions so that our children can record them while they are browsing and, thus, parents can answer them later, solving all their doubts. And if we do not know the answers, Tinybop has thought of everything: at this link you will find a free 22-page manual that explains the operation of each of the systems and also anticipates the most typical questions for children.
In short, The Human Body, aimed at boys and girls over 4 years old , is an excellent application so that, playing, our children learn what we are made of and how we work inside. The app costs € 1.99 on the Apple Store and the download of the contents of the urogenital system, € 0.89 more .
There are more and more applications that present an excellent mix of scientific knowledge with games or entertainment. The need to simplify complex procedures or discover science in everything that surrounds us has made surprising new applications appear that we can carry in our pockets, tools that favor both boys and girls and their mothers and fathers.