How do I get my school group involved?
We recommend that teachers register and watch the tutorial before getting their students classifying galaxies.
How to register
Choose the school group option when you register.
You’ll need to provide details such as your school group’s name, grade, number of students, school name and address.
Remember, the email address and password that you register will be given to the students so they can login – so choose a password you’re happy to share.
How to get your students involved
There are two ways you can get your students involved in classifying galaxies in Galaxy Explorer.
1. All together as a group
To do this you’ll need to be able to project the website onto a screen.
Login and take the class through the tutorial as a group.
(Note: if you’ve already done the tutorial you’ll need to open it again – you can find it under the ‘Help’ button on the classifying window.)
Here’s some suggestions…
+ Take it in turns to read the tutorial out loud.
+ Discuss various galaxies. If you have questions, write them down and see if you can find answers in the FAQ.
+ Have a look at the galaxies in the Guide to Classifying Galaxies.
Once your class has done the tutorial you’re ready to classify the galaxies together.
There may be disagreement in the class about what you can see in each image.
Remember, the galaxies can be very hard to classify – even the astronomers disagree! Just go with what the majority thinks.
If you have any questions you can’t find the answer to, then send them in via the FAQ and we’ll try and answer them.
2. Students classify galaxies by themselves
To do this you’ll need a computer or tablet for the students.
If possible, go through the tutorial as a group on a big screen.
Otherwise, get each student to go through the tutorial by themselves. To do this they’ll have to log in with the email address and password you registered. After logging in, they’ll need to open the tutorial by clicking on the ‘Help’ button in the classifying window.
After watching the tutorial, the students can start classifying galaxies. All students need to be logged in with the email address and password you registered for the galaxies to count towards your group total.
If you have any questions that can’t be answered then send them in via the FAQ and we’ll try and answer them.
Competition closed, but you can still get involved
The competition to win an iPad for your school and the right to name a star is now closed.
However, you can get your school group involved in doing Galaxy Explorer!
If you’ve got any suggestions about how to get a school group involved – then let us know via the ‘contact us’ form on the FAQ page