Teacher Review For Solar System Explorer

Solar system information at one's fingertips

Darlynda M.
Technology coordinator
Erie 1 BOCES
West Seneca, NY
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My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with General
How I Use It
This app could be used as a great starting place for a unit on the solar system. This app would be used to help the individual student gain facts and data about the sun and the 8 planets. The facts and data gained by the individual student could be used within an homework assignment such as a fact sheet about the sun and the 8 planets. Additionally, students could be placed in small groups and assigned the sun or one of the 8 planets. Each group could used the facts and data in the app to make a presentation about their assigned solar system body and present their learned facts and data to the rest of the class.
My Take
This is a great app for teaching students information about the solar system. The students are not just clicking through facts about the sun or any of the 8 planets; the app exists in the context of an interactive solar system model. Students may toggle through different solar systems viewing options such as name, scale, and path options. On the down side, the app user is dependent on the app creators for validity of facts and data about the solar system presented within the app. There is a "Credits" section where one may see who worked on the app and provided facts and data. This app would serve teaching in a positive way because it presents the facts and data about the solar system in an interactive manner, and students may choose different ways of viewing the solar system. There is nothing in the app to assist ELL or low literacy learners such as a choice between languages or facts and data read to the app user.