Vito Technology, award-winning education software developer is launching Solar Walk Educators Program, a collaboration project for educators and tech professionals aimed at exchange of experience and materials to enhance scientific classroom with new media. Famous for its stellar Star Walk Astronomy Guide and 3D Solar System model apps for iOS, Vito Technology is calling for educators all over the world to voice their opinions in exchange for free inApps.
As many parents and teachers had claimed before, Solar Walk is quite useful when it comes to explaining astronomy to children. A handy alternative to papier-mache balls, Solar Walk "gives your students a realistic look at the Solar System", says iPad Curriculum.
Solar Walk is an interactive 3D Solar System model with 10 planets (including a dwarf planet Pluto), 20 moons of the planets, 10 satellites orbiting the Earth, over 100 of the biggest stars, and hundreds of named places on the Moon, Mars, Earth and Venus. The Time Machine feature lets users speed up time backwards or forwards, moving planets and satellites according to their real trajectories.
Solar Walk Educators Program is an effort to collect and share accumulated materials, ideas and lesson plans that could help teachers complement their lessons with advances of modern technology.
Both Star Walk and Solar Walk have been honored with a 2012 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media. Both apps will be presented at the upcoming ISTE conference in San Antonio, TX.