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As the staff of writes, despite early fears that the iPad would replace real education with light entertainment, in the years since its development it's proved its use. While there are plenty of purely amusing apps, there are also apps which promote hands-on learning and exploration from students of all levels. In 2012, OU developed a list of the 50 Best iPad apps around for use in STEM education.The list includes an impressive array of different topics, including a...

WeBWorK is an open-source online homework system with a library of homework problems for math and science courses. Their National Problem Library currently contains over 20,000 problems directed primarily at lower level undergraduate courses, with a few more advanced options. WebWorK is community-oriented, and claims that they have over 450 institutional users. The math and statistics courses featured on the...

Website of the Exploratorium: Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception in San Francisco. No courseware, but links to some fabulous multimedia and interactive features and offline "things to make and do" activities that the museum has developed on a wide range of topics related to math, science, art, and human understanding. Elementary school to adults. The Exploratorium also offers two apps, "Sound Uncovered" and "Color Uncovered," which are free, interactive iPad books.

Concord Consortium is a STEM educational research and development organization based in Massachusetts. The site has links to research on education involving many different types of technology from iPads to probes, as well as open-source interactive simulations that they have developed and Molecular Workbench, open-source interactive software that allows you to create your own simulations.

Aims to be a clearinghouse for digital materials in science and math. Differs from many other sites in that it catalogs materials a number of different ways: subject matter, educational level, anticipated use of material (i.e., review). As an example, they have concept maps that illustrate interaction between scientific concepts and list material in library related to each concept.

Spicynodes is particularly useful in the sciences as a concept-mapping tool. It allows presentations to incorporate interactivity, animation, and radial mapping. Accounts are free, and presentations can be shared and worked on collaboratively.