Download Astro101:TILT apk 1.0 free for Android smartphone
Apk file size: 1.9 MB
Lauren, one of my Astronomy students, came to class and asked if I had heard of a game called Heads Up. I had not, and after class she demonstrated how it worked. It's a simple concept, and it's analog form has been around for decades, but the convenience, and capability of a smart phone has brought it to the next generation. I watched the performance, and noticed that the entire class was engaged. As a teacher, I can tell you that engagement is key to learning. I figured that it might be possible to create something similar, but being more exclusive to my content area, and as always, free. The categories are the concepts contained in a basic Astro:101 class. Some of the words are more challenging than others, but most people will find they can score a few points. Having a knowledgeable partner is key to winning a competition using this app. I hope classes, and astronomy clubs give this game a good workout, and send me updates.
Unlike Heads Up, I do not use the camera feature since the audience is primarily made up of students. I also did not include a pass feature. There is a 10 second countdown to guess correctly. After that, a tilt sound effect from an old pinball machine will sound. The words are selected at random, and it is possible that the same word will appear twice. I'll consider that a mastery learning aspect of the game.
The goal is to earn the highest score possible. The game has some character, just realize that I am not a professional programmer. I teach science, love technology, and try to do all I can to engage my kids in the content. If you have suggestions, please let me know. I also posted the source code to my site. You can edit it to make it fit your content. I will also be adding to my site, links to crossword puzzles that can help with the vocab as well, and give you a well rounded package. Once that's all in place, I will update this page to reflect the changes
Thanks to Lauren for the inspiration, Pauline for the icon, design ideas, and continual encouragement, and to Freesound.org members: rjonesxlr8, davidbain, zagi2, and fins for their audio contributions, and Deleket at Deviant Art
Public Universe part of our Trivia and have average installs from 100 to 500. Last Update Feb. 17, 2014. Google play rating is 20.0. Current verison is 1.0. Actual size 1.9 MB.