SPOTLIGHT! On Equitable Access to Science Materials
Building Science Literacy with Technology Nationally, English learners (ELs) make up nearly 10 percent of preK–12 classrooms and almost 15 percent of urban classrooms, and these numbers are on the rise, according to research by the National Center for Education Statistics. Many supports are available for ELs, but the elementary science materials available are disproportionately directed toward grade-level readers. How can educators make access to science more equitable?
Setting ELs on a Path to Success Crack the Books is the first standards-based, core curriculum–aligned digital book series that includes both interactive enhancements and universal design accessibility features. Developed in collaboration with top universities, scientists, educators, and specialists, this interactive science series for iPad provides helpful literacy supports for English learners, including leveled readings for grade-appropriate science content. The app also includes clickable in-text links to images, videos, and definitions, as well as text magnification and highlighting options. All visual media can be accessed outside the text passages to allow for an inquiry-based approach. Costs: Free to try one book; $29.99 per year for full access; $9.99 each, for individual books
With the widespread school closures creating a situation where many families are facing the unexpected challenge of educating and engaging children with autism or other special needs at home, Stages Learning Materials is offering a freeAutism Curriculum Kit to support families during COVID-19 school closures.
Flinn Scientific, a trusted partner in science education and lab safety, has launched Flinn At-Home Science with extensive complimentary resources to help teachers and students continue their science and STEM education journey, even when the learning is taking place outside the school building. Teachers can integrate the content into daily learning experiences with on-demand and broadcast lab videos and webinars, as well as at-home activities and discounted lab kits. They can select digital STEM solutions for engineering, dissections, and AP science.