Why Science® learning systems streamlines the teaching process. Why Science provides customizable inquiry-based learning systems that empower teachers to manage student outcomes, control classrooms and drive student progress. The company’s learning systems are secured, closed-loop social classrooms in the cloud. Cloud-based classrooms foster student-teacher communication and allow students to work independently or in groups to find successful outcomes for projects – just as scientists, engineers, inventors, technologists do in the real world. Why Science’s Ready to Teach™ modules are ideal for use in such classrooms. Ready to Teach™ modules are structured to support inquiry-based learning. When inquiry-based learning occurs, students “identify their assumptions, use critical and logical thinking, and consider alternative explanations. In this way students actively develop their understanding of science by combining scientific knowledge with reasoning and thinking skills.” (National Science Education Standards, 1996)
How Ready To TeachTM Modules Help with Inquiry Learning
Creating a science fair project is an excellent example of what education experts call inquiry (also “hands-on & minds-on” learning). Many students do not understand where to begin or what is expected in a good science fair project. The Why Science learning systems Science Fair module steps students through the stages of inquiry as they learn how to create an original science fair project.
To make inquiry learning more accessible to all teachers and students, Why Science created Ready To TeachTM modules, which are part of our learning system. For any school subject, teachers can use Why Science® software to create Ready To TeachTM modules that present students with school work in the form of problems or projects. In the module, students are guided by Poly & Mer to identify research questions, design and conduct experiments, in order to develop their knowledge and find solutions. Motivation to complete the module is driven by students’ natural curiosity to find out what is next.
In addition to offering Ready to TeachTM modules, the Why Science learning system serves as a platform for all student communications including questions about assignments and homework/classwork uploads – a capability that helps to streamline the teaching process. Students, teachers and school administrators can access the Why Science learning system on any device, at anytime and from any location.
“Yvonne’s [Why Science founder and CEO] philosophy about 21st century education and using STEM to help children completely aligns with the goals for our school. It’s very hard to find educators who are also entrepreneurs who understand the educational crisis we have in our community…By partnering with us, [Why Science] is not just impacting our school – [Why Science] is impacting our state.” – Nathan Yon, South Carolina Science Academy Founder.
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