Teacher Review For Mobile Observatory

Your Galaxy, Not So Far Away

Michael G.
Classroom teacher
Bayshore Middle School
Leonardo, NJ
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My Grades 6, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
Mobile Observatory is a great learning display platform that allows student learning from individual, small group, or teacher-led whole instruction. We used the app as a "Do Now" and current event lesson. Students selected a celestial even that was happening during the week and they had to report out the event trough pic and social media. It also allowed for small groups to learn more about specific planets in our solar system. I thought that the app was well constructed, and students had little hesitation in navigating their way through it. It did have astronomical jargon, which confused students.
My Take
I feel that this app would work better in a high school setting, in conjunction with a unit on astronomy. It allows for authentic research and individual-paced student learning. There were a couple of loading glitches when used, so make sure to have a strong WiFi signal when you use. Highly recommend teachers to use this app prior to lesson so that you get a feel for the movement and section categories.