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 our supplemental activities will translate easily with Google Drive documents instead of printing. We'll be getting another blog post up in the next couple of days with advice on the best ways to use Tyto Online when you're remote.
We're extending Tyto Online for free for the rest of the school year for teachers and parents (through June 5), so teachers and families needing an engaging remote/online learning activity to use can get started quickly and easily.
Sign up for your teacher or parent account first.
Head here to sign up for your account: https://account.tytoonline.com/register
It will cover at least 60 days automatically, no code needed.
If you've signed up before but have not used the trial with students, use live chat on the website and let us know, and we will renew your trial for a fresh 60 days.
How do I get started with my students?
We can get you going quickly! Follow these steps:
If you're a parent, you will add child accounts when you register. Get the game installed, and then they can log in and begin playing! You do not need to assign content, it will unlock automatically for them.
What devices and other requirements do students need to use Tyto Online at home?
We support most Chromebooks within the last 3-4 years, as long as they can use Android applications (here's a list to check) and have 4 GB of RAM. We also support Windows/Mac computers. Students also need access to an internet connection.
If your students do not have internet at home and your district does not already have a plan in action for them, we've seen many telecom providers offering solutions:
Is there professional development available?
Yes! We have a page on our website with all of our training resources: access it here!
We have another page as a quick guide for Teaching Remotely with Tyto Online: access it here!
This includes information about the Google Classroom ongoing PD course we're working to launch on MONDAY to start supporting more teachers and our Facebook Group for Educators.
What are the learning benefits of using Tyto vs. other things?
We power three-dimensional NGSS-style learning: have students actually directly engage in figuring out science phenomena in pre-designed storylines. This type of learning would be very difficult to do remotely in most contexts. Learn more about how it works and see our content here.https://www.tytoonline.com/teachers/
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Sign up for an account: takes 60 seconds!
Import from Google Classroom or invite students with a class code (they can use "Sign in with" Google or Microsoft).
Choose and assign content which will be delivered to students when they log into the game to play!