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

Instructional Routines for Tyto Online

Instructional Routines for Tyto Online We have created some routines to help you implement Tyto Online. You probably use routines in your daily life as well as your instruction. Routines make our lives a little easier because they are predictable and dependable. Being able to anticipate tasks and events promotes a feeling of safety for

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

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

New Teacher Calendar & Student Account Creation Improvements

Assignment Calendar We’re excited to introduce a brand-new Calendar page as an easier way to keep track of your assignments that have not yet been completed by students. View it in the Teacher Dashboard. Visual Organization Each assignment will show up as a tag on the calendar, visualizing the order, type, and frequency of your

Our Plan for Supporting Remote Teaching

First, we hope that you stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. Please take care of yourselves, your families, and community.  We know this is a very difficult time for many people in communities impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Our team’s goal is to support the educators and family of students during this time,

Webinar 3/16 3 PM EST!

We are running a webinar this afternoon with the amazing team at EdWeb. Supporting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Learning with Video Games Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT If you missed it, a recording will be available. Get a CE Certificate for this edWebinar Learn more Sign up here: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/science20200316/ How can video

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

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