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In the classroom, teachers can use Science360 to introduce a lesson on a specific topic or share a variety of short, up-to-date snippets on new science research. Watching some of these videos will feel like taking your students on virtual field trips. Coordinate a related science experiment in the classroom with Science360, and voila -- you have an onsite, interactive outing! Students can use Science360 to research reports, get ideas for science projects, or explore careers in the sciences.Continue reading Show less
Science360 is a free, high-quality science and engineering news and information app published by the National Science Foundation. Updated weekly with content produced by the NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges, universities, and NSF science and engineering centers, Science360 exposes kids to a wide variety of science, nature, space, and engineering topics via videos, photos, and text. As students watch and read about cutting-edge science, they learn about the relevance of science topics to everyday life and school subjects. For example, one video illustrates physics laws by describing how a puck moves during a hockey game. Science360 enables students to share the information they've learned via social networking or in multimedia school reports, and to save their favorites via the star tab.
The scores of videos here -- including scientists interacting with jellyfish or using alien telescopes -- will appeal to science- and nature-loving students, and may also help reluctant science students connect to their inner scientists. Other features, like text-only segments about motorized nanocars or the computer-charged density of FeO, may be too esoteric for younger kids as well as teens whose interests don't gravitate toward complex science topics. Younger kids may only want to watch the videos, as the text in many segments contains high-level vocabulary and complex sentences. The app is engaging but would be even more so with quizzes or other interactive options, as well as better search features.
A standout aspect of Science360 (in addition to the fact that it's free) is that it puts the world of science at students' fingertips in a visually compelling way. This may incline them to explore science, nature, or engineering topics they never thought about before, simply because the captivating images are in front of them on an iPad screen.
Key Standards Supported
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Analyze the author’s purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.