Teacher Review for Galaxy Zoo

Citizen science website for learning about galaxies

Caitlin M.
Media specialist/librarian
Shorecrest Preparatory School
Saint Petersburg, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
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
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Students participate in classifying different types of galaxies. Galaxies are classified by a series of questions, making the process easy for younger students to navigate. In addition to the classification activity, there is information about the subject of astronomy though a blog, discussion forum, explanation of resources, and research papers. The information pages are text heavy with small font, but are a good supplement to obtain information beyond the activity.
My Take
The classification activity is the best feature of Galaxy Zoo. Students are classifying photographs of real galaxies, teaching critical thinking, categorization, and scientific process. Teachers can view student profiles to monitor progress. Overall, Galaxy Zoo could be a great supplemental activity for a middle or high school science class studying astronomy.