I saw the article linked below and yesterday and was intrigued by the following quote:
A new study by Smithsonian researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shows that students grasp the unimaginable emptiness of space more effectively when they use iPads to explore 3-D simulations of the universe, compared to traditional classroom instruction.
I am curious to know if science teachers are using the iPad in this way and if so do you agree? I would also like to know which apps they used to teach the scale of the universe- which are the best? Do you have a favourite?
The scale of the universe can be difficult to comprehend. Pretend you are going to make a scale model with a basketball representing the Earth and a tennis ball as the Moon. How far would you hold the tennis ball ‘Moon’ from the basketball ‘Earth?
See on phys.org