Star Chart - The Stars Come Alive

Monday, February 27, 2017 No comments

I want to say a special "Thank You" to Mike Lee at EdShelf for posting the below about StarChart. It is such a great tool and not only fun for you and your students, but for your own kids as well. I am so excited that this app is FREE! Yes I said it...FREE! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Bring the love of astronomy to your classroom and to your family.

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Star Chart is now FREE! The top educational & augmented reality astronomy app – download and find out why over 20 million people use Star Chart!
You can now have a virtual star chart in your pocket. Look through the eyes of your iPhone or iPad* to see a high-tech window into the whole visible universe.
All you have to do is point your AR enabled device* at the sky and Star Chart will tell you exactly what you are looking at.
Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D simulation of the visible universe, and a great deal of technical wizardry, Star Chart calculates – in real time – the current location of every star, planet and moon visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are; even in broad daylight!

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Want to know what that bright star is called? Point your device* at it – you might just find out it’s a planet!
Want to know what the night sky looks like to people on the other side of the earth? Well just point your device down!
Want to know where your star sign is in the sky? Star Chart will tell you all this and more.
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Star Charts features include:
  • Just point and view. When you hold your device up to the sky, Star Chart will automatically start tracking your movements to match the sky *.
  • Alternatively, look around the sky using finger gestures – perfect for armchair astronomers!
  • In a single app of less than 30MB, Star Chart dynamically scales its visuals and capabilities across all iOS devices to meet the high end capabilities of a retina display iPad while also running smoothly on the earliest iPhones and iPods.
  • Accurately depicts all the visible stars of the northern and southern hemispheres – a total of approximately 120,000 stars!
  • Fly to and explore all the planets of the solar system, their moons and the sun all rendered in beautiful 3D with state of the art visual effects.
  • Using the powerful Time Shift feature, simply tap the time button and smoothly shift up to 10,000 years forward or backward in time.
  • Displays all 88 constellations, with constellation imagery based on the beautiful artwork by 17th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius.
  • Includes the complete Messier catalogue of 110 exotic deep sky objects.
  • Tap on anything in the sky and get the facts on what you are looking at, including distance and brightness.
  • Very powerful zoom function, lets you view the sky in extra detail, using intuitive finger gestures.
  • Fully configurable. Star Chart displays only the sky objects that you are interested in.
  • Allows you to view the sky underneath the horizon. So now you can see where the sun is, even at night!
  • Manually set your location to find out what the sky looks like from anywhere in the world.
  • Supports dynamic device orientation viewing. Allows you to view the night sky whilst holding your iPhone/iPad* at any angle.
So point your iPhone/iPad* at the sky and see what’s out there!
* Augmented Reality mode is available on devices that include a built-in compass. Manual scrolling is supported on all other devices.
Star Chart is published by Escape Velocity Ltd and developed by Escapist Games Ltd. We update Star Chart regularly, so please send us your feedback and feature requests to

Celebrate Digital Learning Day With Your Students!

Thursday, February 23, 2017 No comments
Thank you Gooru for these wonderful resources for Digital Learning Day!

Hi all it is Thrusday, February 23rd and it is Digital Learning Day!! A big shout out and thank you to Gooru for these wonderful resources to help students mindfully establish a positive digital footprint.

Click on the image below to link to the collection of resources.

If you are excited about the resources from Gooru, you should also check out the resources on Daylight Savings Time. 

Where Did Daylight Savings Time Come From?

Did you know that Daylight Savings Time was first implemented during World War 1 by Germany, Britain and eventually North America? Daylight Savings Time helped save fuel costs at a crucial time during the war. Here is a resource you can share with your students to learn more about Daylight Savings Time. 

February Tech Calendars

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 No comments
Hello and Happy Tuesday!! It has surely been a busy year already and I am working hard to get back to my blogging. Many of you know my love for Tech with Tia and her wonderful monthly calendars, so why not share her February ones (sorry its a bit late).

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.