New Browser Version πŸ”₯πŸ’―πŸ™Œ + Even More Updates!

This new update is going live Friday (January 22, 2021) in the evening (after West Coast schools are out to not disrupt teachers). Remember, a new update means that if your students play on an installed version (Windows/Google Play on Chromebooks), they will have to download the update before they can play next. If you

2020: Year in Review

As one of the difficult and longest-feeling years of many of our lives has come to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect. This year has brought a number of unique challenges for us, even as an ed-tech product, since teachers and administrators have been so overwhelmed figuring out how to safely

Culturally Relevant Phenomena for Antiracist Science Teaching

Culturally Relevant Phenomena for Antiracist Science Teaching Anti-racist teaching requires a student-centered approach. Instruction should include active engagement in three-dimensional learning, formative assessment activities with feedback, and collaboration and communication. To make the content meaningful for learners, we should capitalize on our students’ interests. In this post, I’ll share examples of relevant phenomena to help

Introducing Observe-Wonder-Learn (OWL) Board Routine [Updated Jan 2021]

Introducing Observe-Wonder-Learn (OWL) Board Routine [Updated Jan 2021] You probably use routines in your daily life as well as your instruction. Routines make our lives a little easier. Routines are predictable and dependable. Being able to anticipate tasks promotes a feeling of safety for children, especially important during times of uncertainty. Equally important, routines make

Press Release: STEM Gaming Microgrants

Immersed Games Launches STEM Gaming Microgrants to Support Student Engagement during COVID19 5,000 student licenses for the STEM educational game Tyto Online will be distributed to U.S. middle school teachers to support STEM teaching during COVID19. Buffalo, New York – November 17, 2020 – EdTech startup Immersed Games today launched STEM Gaming Microgrants to support

New Pandemic Storyline, Improved Character Customization, and more!

We’re going to go live with a new update Friday, October 16th. We will update this post + email + post to social media when it goes live. If you play on the web browser, it will automatically take place. If you use one of our installed applications, please note you will need get updates

Building Relationships with Students When Teaching Remotely

*A version of this blog post is also published on the Tyto Professional Learning Community on Mighty Network. With the new school year quickly approaching, I thought I’d share some ideas on how to build relationships remotely. I recently had to think about this with a Virtual STEM Summer Camp I ran. I think we

Announcing the NGSS MicroGrant Award Winners!

Today we announce the winners of the 2020 NGSS MicroGrant program. Out of the more than 50 compelling submissions, we chose four applicants from each region of the United States. These organizations were selected to receive licenses of Tyto Online, the award-winning science simulation which empowers learners to engage in deeper learning, solving authentic problems

Upcoming Improvements to Tyto Online

Here’s a preview of improvements that will be coming to Tyto Online over the summer and for the fall semester, based on student and teacher feedback on what we can do to make Tyto Online better for your play and learning. We will put out more complete descriptions of how to use some of these

Anti-Racist Ways to Teach Science

In response to the outcry about systematic racism and police violence against black people in our nation today, many educators are wondering what they can do in their classrooms to create a more just society. This list of suggestions is by no means comprehensive, but does contain actions that can be taken by all science