How I Use It
I have been using this app to teach students about planetary motion like how it works, how & when seasons change at any geographical location, how time zones differ, what happens when day or month or year changes, a briefing about how star constellations & zodiacs are connected to earth, how gps we use is related to equatorial and horizontal lines, what are celestial lines & where tropic of cancer or capricorn etc. lies.
All the stuff that i require is are packed in this feature packed app with gorgeous silhouette representation which makes it extremely interactive for kids even beyond an adult's imagination.
I am a teacher at junior school for almost a decade. Almost two years our school has adapted business intelligence platform to monitor and improve students’ performance, we have been adapting new teaching methods with in this program and measuring their impacts over students’ grades. Last year a student told me about an app called cosmic watch that he loved a lot, what he had learned from it. So, I thought why not give this app a shot since a kid has loved it so much I can try and monitor its impact over students. When I got the app, I was amazed as it was the most beautiful representation of our galaxy, constellations and timelines. The clock mode showed a ring of 24 hours clock over earth which helps in identifying the time at any geographical position and you can position yourself at any position by double tapping the location. Similarly, there were rings for seasons and months relating earth’s position with sun. There’s an astrology mode where you can see star constellations and zodiacs levitating around earth although it looked good as they tried to represent it in a globe but there I found a glitch the zodiacs were equidistant from earth which isn’t true I hope they rectify this glitch in next update. Last but not least was astronomy mode which is a boon for students I must say it is the most exciting feature of this app. In astronomy mode where students could enable horizontal coordinates, equatorial coordinates, celestial rings, connection finders and orbits of planets in our solar system all these features help us to show students how things work. It has become a lot easier to teach with this app and the reports from our monitoring system show that the students who learned with this app scored 30% more than the ones who learned it through books and a scheduled test after a month of classes that we usually conduct showed that these students information retention rate was 50% more than with our conventional methods of teaching. All I observe in these classes is kids playing with “Orbits to scale” feature of this app where students can fast forward the time and can see how planetary motion works. This year mother of one of our student’s came to me and told me how impressed she was with this program to adapt new teaching methods and said she loved the cosmic watch and her daughter has been playing all day with this app. All she does is tell me mom do you know it’s summer season in that country or Venus is just over our heads sometimes she argues with me about a fact and even proves me wrong and show it over this app. I must say those were the proudest and most memorable moments of my teaching career.
Thanks to cosmic watch