iCell App

iCell App

Launch Tool

  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iPod Touch
  • Android
  • Web-based

iCell gives you an interactive, 3D view inside a cell. You can study cell structures using a dynamic and realistic virtual model. Included are examples of three types of cells: animal, plant, and bacteria. For each type of cell, you have the option of reading information about the structures of the cell at a Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced level. The app is easily navigable and allows you to compare animal, bacterial, and plant cell structures.

When looking at the 3D view of a cell, you can use your finger to tap on parts of the cell to select and zoom in on that particular organelle. Each organelle comes with a name and a short description of its function in the cell. You also can hold down one finger on the screen, and drag to rotate around the cell or selected organelle 360-degrees to get a better view of it.

Going Further

For Educators

The interactivity and simplicity of this app should help you engage your students in studying cell structures. This app would be good to use with students who are first learning about cells as well as more advanced students because it provides annotations at three levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), with language and details increasing in complexity.

This app would be appropriate for use in class and for students to use on their own to help them study the various cell structures. The iCell organelles are based on electron micrographs of cell structures, which make them more realistic looking. This app would be a good supplement to what students learn about cells from their textbooks and classroom instruction.

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