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ERIC Number: EJ1004668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Enhancing the Introductory Astronomical Experience with the Use of a Tablet and Telescope
Gill, Robert M.; Burin, Michael J.
Physics Teacher, v51 n2 p87-89 Feb 2013
College and university general education (GE) classes are designed to broaden the understanding of all college and university students in areas outside their major interest. However, most GE classes are lecture type and do not facilitate hands-on experimental or observational activities related to the specific subject matter. Utilizing astronomy application programs (apps), currently available for the iPad and iPhone, in conjunction with a small inexpensive telescope, allows students unique hands-on experiences to explore and observe astronomical objects and concepts independently outside of class. These activities enhance the students' overall GE experience in a unique way not possible prior to the development of these technologies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A