Using a Summary Table for Storyline Progression

Our pre-built Storylines in Tyto Online give you an out-of-the-box way to have students explore an anchoring phenomenon or driving question as they build knowledge. However, debriefing with your students is an important part of the learning process: they shouldn’t only be playing the game, but also having conversations with their peers and the teacher

Scaffolding your Students’ Skills in Engaging in Argument from Evidence

One of teachers’ favorite parts of Tyto Online is our Argument Builder, which we use both to help students engage in argument from evidence, and to construct explanations from evidence, two of the Science & Engineering Practices in the Next Generation Science Standards. As a review, here is how our Argument Builder works: students have

Winter 2019 Update

We are now live with our scheduled Winter 2019 update.  Keep in mind this means you will need to download an update before you use Tyto Online next time you use it, or in the new year.  If you use Chromebooks, this will be similar to when you originally downloaded the game. If you are

October 18th Update

Based on some initial feedback from educators, we decided to put out a mid-semester update that mainly focuses on some usability improvements and bug fixes.  We will be going live the evening of Friday, October 18th with this update. Our goal is to do few updates as we don’t want to interrupt the flow of

Fall 2019 Update

In one week, we’ll be launching our massive Fall 2019 update — then schools can start downloading/deploying to devices and getting ready for using it this school year!  We wanted to give a preview of what’s coming, so educators can start their planning! Weather & Climate Module Four New Storylines We have completely redesigned our

Phase II Award for National Science Foundation Grant for a Group STEM Challenge

You may remember back in December 2017 when we announced our National Science Foundation Phase I grant to build out a group STEM challenge experience onto Tyto Online — here’s the blog post. We’re excited to announce that we have now been awarded a Phase II to continue that work!  The full press release is

Dept. of Education Grant Phase I Update!

Our Phase I work for the SBIR Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education Phase I grant has been completed, and Phase II application has been submitted. To celebrate, we wanted to share a video summary of what we did!  A larger report of the results of the pilot will be coming soon.   The

Beta 1.1 Update: Usability Improvements with Mechanic Updates

Hello!  It’s been a while since we’ve gone live with an update, since we’ve been holding back for a more regular, larger update cycle to fit with school technology needs better. We’ve also been working on some work with grants that is not ready to go live yet, like a brand new MASSIVE Sandbox, so

Tyto Online named a 2018 Top Pick for Learning by Common Sense Education

We’re happy to announce that Tyto Online has been named a “Top Pick for Learning” for 2018 by Common Sense Education based on our 4-star product review.   Read the full review here! Common Sense Education’s team of experts and reviewers include leaders in edtech, scholars in child development and learning, instructional designers, K–12 subject-area

Our Largest Update Yet: School 1.0 Beta

We’ve been working on a huge number of changes over the last months, getting ready for the 2018-2019 School Year, with the launch we’ve dubbed “School 1.0. Beta”  We are excited today to announce this new launch, and it comes with a lot of new features. First, after many requests, we are now available on Chromebooks! We