Windows 8 apps for education: iCell

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iCell is an exciting new way to teach biology, giving students an interactive, 3D view inside a cells.

The database of information which can be searched in iCell includes examples of three types of cells: animal, plant, and bacteria. The app can show students the finer details of cell structure, creating a new and interesting way for them to learn. Teachers can engage students by creating interactive lessons using iCell, encouraging students to get involved.

The app itself enables an in-depth view of cells, which students may not get with textbooks. You can use your finger to tap on parts of the cell to select and zoom in on that particular organelle, with each organelle showing a name and short description of its function in the cell.

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For a better view of each cell, simply hold down one finger on the screen, and drag to rotate around the cell or selected organelle. Or if you want to see the cell in even more detail, you can zoom in and out by pinching or flaring with two fingers at once.

Find out more, and download the app from the Windows store.

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