Best Science Instructional Solution for Grades 9 -12

Recognizes the best instructional product that offers science curriculum and content for students in grades 9-12 or higher education market. It includes managed classroom/course-based instruction or online supplemental instruction for all student learners so they can learn and apply science concepts and methods. The solution provides for deep and personalized learning experiences for students, supports standards alignment and reflects current curriculum practice. This category includes all science content areas including biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, etc.

The Alef Platform - Alef Science - Alef Education

Within the Alef Platform, Alef Science delivers lessons which follow a modular-based approach with text, audio, images, videos, interactivities, simulations, and experiential lessons to engage learners. The formative and summative assessments at regular intervals help measure the mastery of the concepts. The platform provides data to students and teachers to develop strategies and improve where needed. Personalized science learning paths are then given to each student by the teacher according to their progress and performance which the platform analyzes.

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  • ExploreLearning Gizmos - ExploreLearning

    Gizmos are online simulations that excite curiosity and invite interaction. We’ve got more than 400 Gizmos in our library covering topics and concepts in math and science for U.S. grades -12. Gizmos help students dig deeper into subjects and really understand challenging concepts. Gizmos give everyone something to visualize, manipulate, and compare. That’s hundreds of opportunities where students don’t just act like scientists and mathematicians. They are. Gizmos help students to make connections and draw conclusions with an interactive design that supports manipulation of variables and “what-if” experimentation. Every Gizmo comes with extensive teaching resources that help make planning and teaching easy. Whole group, small group, or 1:1 lessons, Gizmos has you covered. Play, explore, and experience the “ah-ha” moment with Gizmos. • Discover concepts. Interactive design allows for extensive manipulation of variables and “what-if” experimentation. • Analyze data. Visualizations and graphing tools help capture and compare results from experiments. • Go deeper. In-depth activities create more moments to explore, discover and apply new concepts. Transform learning for ELL students—and students of all abilities ExploreLearning Gizmos are award-winning, interactive simulations that use research-based instructional strategies to bring key math and science concepts to life. With detailed graphics, vocabulary sheets, and customizable student lessons and activities, Gizmos can help address the challenges that English Language Learners and Special Education students face, and help all students reach their highest potential. Gizmos utilize research-proven best practices to support differentiated instruction: • Rich visuals and virtual models support student understanding • Allows for multiple modes of representation (discussion, pictures, graphs, writing, etc.) • Varied activity levels scaffold and differentiate learning • Provides opportunities for individual and guided practice • Connects concepts and vocabulary to real-world experiences We continue to add new Gizmos and Interactive STEM Cases to our library, update older Gizmos, and develop ways and resources to make it easier to teach and learn with Gizmos on a regular basis. In 2021, Gizmos were accessed 72 million times, while STEM Cases were accessed 2.4 million. We also added a Virtual Learning Community to our resources, allowing educators to collaborate with colleagues and ExploreLearning’s professional development team for best practices, tips, and fun activities in math and science.

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  • PAVO - Flinn Scientific

    PAVO is an all-in-one platform for school district science programs that offers comprehensive content and customizable labs across all subject areas at the middle school, high school, and Advanced Placement (AP) levels. This brand-new solution gives educators the tools to support digital and hands-on learning, facilitate inquiry-based exploration, and differentiate instruction using labs, embedded safety resources, test prep, formative and summative assessments, and multi-level reporting tools. Based on educator feedback, PAVO is designed specifically to help science leaders and educators create cohesion across their district’s science programs and lead dynamic learning environments in which inquiry, investigation, and exploration are the norm using the platform’s Next Generation Science Standards-aligned content. This includes more than 1,800 customizable lessons, labs, assessments, and safety courses and certifications, as well as 3,200-plus instructional videos, lab videos, and augmented and virtual reality simulations that bring science to life for students. These resources cover all major science areas including chemistry, biology, environmental science, physics, physical science, life science, Earth and space science, and STEM. The flexibility of these resources, as well as the formative insights provided by the assessments, help educators appropriately differentiate their instruction to engage, support, and challenge all students. Educators can find, update, and assign resources and lessons within PAVO according to the unique abilities and objectives of the class and individual students. And, they can use these resources to flip the classroom, provide knowledge acquisition and extended learning outside the limitations of class time, and open up lab time for deeper investigation.

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  • Environmental Science Featuring the Guy Harvey Foundation Course (For the Best Science Instructional Solutions for Grades 9-12) - Florida Virtual School

    Developed in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the Environmental Science course encourages students to act and positively impact their environment, while also showcasing dozens of STEM careers.   

    When the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation approached us to collaborate, our Florida Virtual School (FLVS) curriculum team knew that developing a brand-new Environmental Science course in partnership with a team that conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment, would allow us to create an amazing educational experience for a countless number of students.   

    The Environmental Science course teaches students about sustainability and conservation through real-life examples and activities so they can build a connection with the environment around them. This is important for student success because we want them to engage with the lessons and master the content, while also feeling excited and passionate about the work they are doing. In fact, almost every page of the course includes real-life examples and hands-on, call-to-action, and enrichment activities that immerse students in case studies of environmental issues, as well as success stories from around the world. Additionally, the course presents these examples through integrated content including audio, videos, quizzes, games, and more so that students interact with the lessons, deepening their comprehension.   

    Videos throughout the course are coupled with enrichment activities that bring the lessons to life. For example, the climate change enrichment activity allows students to use everyday household items such as plastic cups, water, vinegar, lemon juice, and more to test the effects of acidic chemical weathering on inorganic and organic substances. By the end of the activity, students can see that acid erodes both organic and inorganic materials, demonstrating how damaging acid rain is to the earth.  

    When students are exposed to what’s available to them in environmental and marine sciences and discover the world around them and its inhabitants, they are excited to learn. When this happens, they become vested in the environment and conservation, and we will have succeeded in passing our stewardship on to the next generation. Students may also decide this is the field of study they would like to pursue in the future. That’s a win for all of us including our environment, ocean, and friends in the sea.  

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