Teacher Review For Stellarium Mobile Sky Map

Like Google Earth for the night sky!

Jennifer C.
Classroom teacher
Carson High School
Carson City, NV
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 1
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
Great with General
How I Use It
I would use this as a practical application in science classes that teach astronomy. The app definitely helps students identify the stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies. Students could use math to measure angles and orbits. The ability to overlay different layers to see constellation stars, lines between stars, and mythological representations. The app would be more interesting if extensions were built in for students to calculate differences, paths of space travel between objects, etc.
My Take
As with most apps, this tool could be used effectively but its effectiveness relies upon the creativity of the teacher. If teachers create story problems, measurement challenges, real life problems to solve using the application, it will make a good teaching tool. A teacher would need to invest time developing lessons that support and incorporate the application.