Why use flat images from a textbook when you can explore cell structure in 3D? HudsonAlpha iCell, one of Apple's featured biology apps on the iTunes Education market, allows students to explore representative plant, animal and bacteria cells with vivid 3D models. iCell is available on multiple platforms and has been downloaded over 3 million times around the world.
For distance education, iCell's multiple platforms provide access to the myriad of devices students may be using to learn from home. Supports AL Biology COS Standard 2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe the function and diversity of organelles and structures in various types of cells (e.g., muscle cells having a large amount of mitochondria, plasmids in bacteria, chloroplasts in plant cells). Supports AL Grade 7 Life Science COS Standard 2. Gather and synthesize information to explain how prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells differ in structure and function. 3. Construct an explanation of the function (e.g., mitochondria releasing energy during cellular respiration) of specific cell structures (i.e., nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, ribosomes, mitochonia, chloroplasts, and vacuoles) for maintaining a stable environment.