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Science Bits

Science Bits provides teachers with lessons that help them teach science in a way that engages their students. Based on the constructivist 5E Model of learning, Science Bits lessons use high quality multimedia interactive content to develop an inquiry-based, learning-by-doing method. Science Bits can be used either as a substitute for textbooks or as complementary material.

  1. Engage: Get students' attention and interest - A motivating video presents an initial situation familiar to the student and exposes some initial concepts. Then, an activity about the video activates the student's prior knowledge.
  2. Explore: Construct new knowledge through inquiry - A guided inquiry-based activity challenges the student's initial knowledge and conceptions. In this level we can find virtual experiments, interactive explorations, Predict-Observe-Explain video-activities, etc.
  3. Explain: Format concept exposition and exercises - The conceptual contents of the unit are formally presented in a systematic manner, using a wide range of multimedia resources. At this point, the ideas which have been both learned intuitively and through discovery are formalized and made universal. Every concept developed in this section is accompanied by interactive exercises that aim at consolidating what has been learned by means of practice. These exercises are designed to be carried out in groups using a digital whiteboard, or individually on the student's computer.
  4. Elaborate: Apply concepts and procedures - This section includes a problem-based activity. This activity requires the application of concepts, attitudes, and procedures learned by the student in the unit.
  5. Evaluate: Review and evaluate new knowledge - To finish, the unit presents two resources of high educational value: one for review and the other for assessment. The first one includes a video which goes over the main taught as the final revision of the unit, while the second one includes a final self-correcting test based on the principles of skills assessment. The test is not based on the evaluation of the students' ability to learn concepts by heart, but on the practical application of the learned knowledge.