Instructional Models and Digital Tools for STEM Learning
WGBH Educational Foundation has launched the first set of interactive K–12 digital resources produced as part of “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms.” These resources are being distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia to more than 1.9 million registered educators and their students across the country. The goal of the project is to design, test, and disseminate new instructional models and digital media tools that will enable science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching and learning. The new Earth science content consists of interactive lessons and modules developed by WGBH in collaboration with NASA, with input from a national group of 50 representative teacher advisors with diverse backgrounds and pedagogical approaches. The engaging and interactive tools have been designed for diverse learners. They feature innovative media formats that draw on the unique assets from NASA—including satellite images and data visualizations—and videos drawn from WGBH’s signature programs, such as NOVA and PEEP & the Big Wide World. The Earth science modules address content covered in kindergarten through grade 12, focusing on topics such as weather, climate, land, and water. Supporting materials include background essays, teaching tips, and student handouts. The resources are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and emphasize student engagement with core ideas and practices.
Throughout the summer months, students can explore the science behind some of their favorite summer activities. On PBS LearningMedia’s Science of Summer website, students will discover the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the mineral composition of sand, the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and rollercoasters—and more.
Google’s Science Journal transforms students’ mobile devices into a science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data, and record observations from the world around them. The app, which is available for iOS, Android, and most Chromebooks, offers a suite of tools to measure light, motion, sound, G-forces, and more.
When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.