Teacher Review For Star Chart

Uses stunning background to present visuals on space

Gary S.
Classroom teacher
Webster City Middle School
Webster City, IA
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Many school's curriculum includes a unit on space. This would be an excellent addition to that type of unit. The only drawback if you were to add it to every student device is the $2.99 price. It could exclude many districts that don't have funding for apps. In high school, I remember standing outside in the cold on several winter nights to look through a telescope at stars. Now, it can be done any time of day, in any weather. Once the concept of the stars seeming to move due to Earth rotating is covered, students can discover which constellations and stars are present in their night skies, any time of year. This could be a single user or small group activity. Excellent resource for school reports or for the learner in all of us.
My Take
Kids are fascinated with stars. How far away are they? Where is the Big Dipper? Why are they in different places different times of the year? How big are they? This app can give them the answers. Using the device's GPS, it creates a real-time look at the skies, day or night. Point the device at a spot in the sky and it will show you the stars and constellations in that area. As you move across the sky, the app moves the stars accordingly. Names of major stars are shown, as well as the constellations (both line & picture drawings). Touching a star brings up information about it. Sky search allows you to look for planets, stars, constellations, & messiers, or take tours. Tours are visually stunning representations of planets, as if you were flying by them. In-app purchases include meteor showers and extended solar system. This is a simple, beautifully done app that will amaze users.