Explore Cells on Your iPad and IWB with Hudson Alpha iCell

Hudson Alpha iCell is a website and free iPad/Andoid app which can be used to teach about the cell.

The iPad version also supports the ability to choose from three different levels of detail in the descriptions of the cellular structures – making it suitable for different age ranges.  iCell offers students a 3D view inside of a typical plant, animal and bacterial cell. It is easy to navigate and simple to use.

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.


This app is a great way to provide students with information about cell structures in an interactive, 3D environment.

The desktop version requires an additional plugin to use, but it’s free to download.

Science / Biology teachers should definitely take a look. You can find out more about Hudson Alpha iCell here.

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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