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

Spring 2020 Update

Hello, everyone! We keep our large updates between semesters, but we have some great improvements ready and since most people are learning from home — and we have a LOT more people signing up right now — we wanted to go ahead and get these live! So, welcome to our mid-semester Spring update! Here’s what’s

Using Tyto Online during Covid-19

We know many districts are asking teachers to prepare for remote teaching with very little notice, and teachers are scrambling for activities that are going to engage students remotely and provide good experiences for stressed-out students. We can help as a product with an active, hands-on pedagogy that can be used fully digitally. Also, most of

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

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

Department of Education/IES Grant for Earth & Space Science

We’re realizing it’s about time we made this announcement official!  The Department of Education / Institute for Education Sciences (IES) has awarded us a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for expanding Tyto Online beyond life science — into Earth & Space Science!  See the official award here.