Discovery Education Science for Elementary provides an online standards-based curriculum in earth, life, and physical science through virtual labs, simulations, and reading passages using an inquiry-based framework. The material covers earth science (earth features, earth history, weather/climate, earth's natural resources, the earth/sun/moon system, and space/the solar system); life science (plants, animals, cells, human body, living things, organisms/environment, and ecosystems); and physical science (matter, changing matter, energy, sound/heat/light, electricity/magnetism, and forces/motion). Professional development offerings are provided in the form of 5-minute science content preparations, a Trainer's Toolkit for enhancing staff development workshops, Tech Talk for initiating Discovery Education Science for Elementary at a school, best practices for inquiry-based instruction using short video segments, and interactive training with self-paced lessons.
PRODUCT R E V I E W S Compiled by Kathie Felix Managing Editor/News & Reviews Editor News of the latest technology products for K–12 may be sent directly to Kathie Felix at 5746 Union Mill Road, PMB 605, Clifton, VA 20124 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic Resources for Schools REPORT CARD This section provides concise, original reviews of new or important hardware, software, websites, and electronic media that relate to the K–12 curriculum. All = Highly Recommended reviews are written by practicing educators who, in most cases, have used the = Recommended software in a school environment.Where grouped into broad, age-appropriate = Good categories, these categories should not be viewed as prescriptive.To facilitate = OK in some cases “comparison shopping,” these reviews are highly structured. Reviewers prepare a = Don’t consider “report card” based on a five-star scale. MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWARE/WEBSITES Discovery Education Science REPORT CARD Content/Features: Discovery Educa- tion Science for Elementary is an ex- for Elementary Installation A tension of the Discovery Education Company: Discovery Education, One Content/Features A Science for Middle School program. Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD, The material covers earth science Ease of Use A 20910. Phone: (800) 323-9084. Inter- (earth features, earth history, weath- Product Support A er/climate, earth’s natural resources, net: www.discoveryeducation.com. the earth/sun/moon system, and Price: $1,695—Annual school sub- space/the solar system); life science scription with 24/7 online access for cation site. The Windows Media (plants, animals, cells, human body, a school’s educators and students. A plug-in must be installed in the living things, organisms/environ- 30-day free trial is available. browser. Download instructions are ment, and ecosystems); and physical included for Macintosh users. science (matter, changing matter, en- Audience: Grades K–5. ergy, sound/heat/light, electricity/ Description: Discovery Education magnetism, and forces/motion). Format: Internet-based: video, au- Science for Elementary provides an dio, text. online standards-based curriculum The program offers appropriate re- in earth, life, and physical science sources to guide student learning Minimum System Requirements: A through virtual labs, simulations, through four online areas: Learn, computer with a web browser and in- and reading passages using an in- Explore, Demonstrate, and Extend. ternet access. quiry-based framework. The Learn section provides reading PC users must have a media player Reviewer Comments:
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