January 02, 2014
Improve student learning with Gizmos on the iPad
A recent study published in the January issue of Computers and Education found that using simulations on an iPad can improve students understanding of challenging scientific concepts, like astronomical scale. Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics remarked, "we saw significant learning gains among students who used the simulations, in situations where little to no gains were observed in the traditional classrooms." Further, the study suggests that guided instruction could produce even more dramatic and rapid gains in student comprehension.
To help improve your students’ understanding of astronomical scale, try the new Gizmos iPad app with the Solar System Gizmo. Students can explore the solar system and learn the characteristics of each planet. In addition, the Student Exploration Sheets guide learning as students compare the sizes of planets and their distances from the Sun, observe the speeds of planetary orbits, and measure how long each planet takes to go around the Sun.