Google Science Journal


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Science Journal is the free digital science notebook brought to you by Google.

Whether you’re a science educator or a hobbyist doing science at home, you can keep your notes, photos, and observations all in one convenient place. Use the sensors in your iPhone or iPad to measure and graph phenomena such as light, sound, and motion, or connect to external sensors via bluetooth to conduct experiments on the world around you.

With the Science Journal app, you can:

  • Measure light, sound, acceleration, air pressure, and more using your device’s built-in sensors.
  • Take notes and photos to document your science experiments. More note types coming soon!
  • Connect to external sensors using select Bluetooth-enabled Arduino devices.
  • Create automated triggers for recording data and taking notes.
  • Use sonification to hear the movement of your graphs.

Permissions notice:

  • Bluetooth: needed to scan for bluetooth sensor devices.
  • Camera: needed to take pictures to document experiments and for the brightness sensor.
  • Photo Library: needed to store pictures taken to document experiments and for adding existing photos from your library to experiments.
  • Microphone: needed for sound intensity sensor.
  • Push notifications: needed to inform you of recording status when backgrounding the app.

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Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

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