Solar Walk App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Solar Walk is an excellent app for teaching astronomy to students with outstanding visualisations, short videos, information about all the planets in the solar system and a most impressive 3D feature that can be used to enrich the learning environment. This 3D Solar System model enables you to navigate through space and time, observe all the planets in close-up, learn their trajectories, inner structure, history of their exploration, points of interest and more. Use 3D mode to get a more realistic experience and zoom out to view and spin the entire Galaxy!
I used this app recently when teaching Year 9 BTEC students about the composition of the Solar System and the some what unbelievable sizes of planets and our galaxy. Students where engaged from the start as I had chosen to project the animation of the solar system rotating slowly on the board as the pupils arrived. A darkened room and the music playing set the scene for the lesson and I was pleased and amazed by the engagement of the students throughout the lessons as this app made the lesson more accessible to all students. Students where required to research all of the different planets in the solar system and produce a scale drawing of the solar system by the end of the lesson. Some pupils struggled to finish all of the tasks however this was because the students were so engrossed in using the app and finding out more about our solar system.
I would highly recommend this app to use while teaching because of the excellent realistic visualisations and also the excellent amount of information available to students at their fingertips all in one application.