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App of the Week: 3D solar system

By Stephen Noonoo
August 31st, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.
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What’s It Like? 

Arloon Solar System lets students explore the sun, Earth, moon, and our neighboring planets in detail. Kids use interactive technology to manipulate parts of our solar system to observe scientific phenomena like phases of the moon, tides, and eclipses. Users can also drag and drop planets to compare their sizes or zoom in on one planet and read a list of facts.  Then they can test their knowledge in the Space Station and earn badges for challenges they complete.

Price: $4

Grades: 1-8

Pros: Kids can zoom, rotate, read, and explore, making meaning on their own from what they find.

Cons: Kids can’t click on specific objects to learn more; there’s less interactivity here than in other apps from this developer.

Bottom line: A detailed, thought-provoking tool for taking an interactive journey through the solar system.

 

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.