How to Identify Minerals by DK Tasa, Inc. (iPad)
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Released: Jul 17, 2015
Version: 1.1
Size: 823 MB
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How to Identify Minerals

DK Tasa, Inc.
This app introduces students and teachers to Earth’s minerals in an interactive guide that illustrates mineral identification techniques. Topics explored in this app include: what minerals are and how they are different than rocks; how does atomic structure influence the formation of minerals; how and where minerals are formed; how the various types of minerals are grouped; and which properties of minerals can be used to identify an unknown mineral sample.

By viewing HD videos that demonstrate actual mineral identification techniques, the student will learn to identify, name and classify minerals just like a geologist does in the field. The app also includes practice mineral identification activities and a searchable database of more than 50 common minerals.

The app may be used to supplement your geology curriculum or can be used to support a complete lesson on minerals and mineral identification.

Features of the app include:
\t•\thundreds of zoomable high resolution photos of minerals by Dennis Tasa;
\t•\tHD videos that demonstrate actual mineral identification techniques;
\t•\tan intuitive navigation style: swipe, drop-down menu, thumbnail gallery;
\t•\ta drop-down menu with audio controls, access to a glossary and the table of contents;
\t•\tnarration that can be turned off/on;
\t•\tinteractive quizzes that are scored with quiz results that can be copied, printed, or shared;
\t•\tessay questions that encourage critical thinking.
\t•\ta searchable database of more than 50 common minerals;
\t•\ta multi-step mineral identification investigation of an actual unknown mineral sample.
\t•\tcompletely self contained, no internet required.

Table of Contents:
\t•\tWhy Minerals are Important
\t•\tMinerals and Rocks
\t•\tElements and Atoms
\t•\tHow Minerals Form
\t•\tProperties of Minerals
\t•\tClassifying Minerals
\t•\tMineral Identification
\t•\tCommon Minerals (Database)

Grade levels: 7-13.

Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards:
\tESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
\tESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
\tESS3.A: Natural Resources
\tPS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
\tCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1–5,9
\tCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1–5,9
\tCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1–5,9

What's new in version 1.1
New essay questions that encourage critical thinking.
Added safety precautions for mineral property tests.
Improved database search.
Added a multi-step procedure that guides the user through a mineral identification investigation of an actual unknown mineral sample. Observations and conclusions can be recorded in the app and shared electronically.
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