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Science Bits is a repository of multimedia science lessons designed to fire up your science class.

Welcome to the new instructional science resource designed to foster educational practice through supporting teacher immersion in the constructivist model and in the use of IT in the classroom.

Features & Benefits

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Science Bits lessons include all the elements of a complete 5E constructivist learning process, from engaging students to evaluating them, using high quality multimedia interactive content.

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Pedagogical Framework

5E Model of learning

Science Bits lessons have a homogenous structure designed from a social constructivist perspective. They adhere to an inquiry based model and emphasize skills development.

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What is Science Bits

  • It’s how students learn.
  • It’s user-friendly.
  • It will fire up your science class.

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.

Features

  • Interactive multimedia resources for dynamic and participative learning: 3D models, videos, audios, animations, virtual experiments and simulations.
  • Hundreds of self-correcting exercises and other resources for effective learning.
  • User-friendly tools to accurately track student achievement.
  • Lessons focused on crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas.
  • Every 5E unit includes a final self-correcting test based on the principles of skills assessment.
  • Predict-Observe-Explain activities with real videos and lab simulators.
  • For those students who don’t have computers in the classroom, Science Bits offers a printable version with all content and activities for them to follow the lesson shared on the digital whiteboard.
  • Complete key teacher resources and guides.

Benefits

  • Science Bits is conceived and designed to make work in the classroom easier and to get the most out of the possibilities offered by the digital format—both the multimedia potential of each student’s computer and the digital whiteboard.
  • Science Bits, used with a projector or a digital whiteboard, enriches the teacher’s exposition and promotes interaction with the student body with its vast quantity of multimedia resources: illustrations, 3D models, videos, audios, animations, experiments, and simulations.
  • Science Bits enhances student motivation and makes concept comprehension easier by providing visual elements and interaction with the objects of learning.
  • Science Bits content promotes the educational use of computers or tablets by students. With Science Bits, these devices can either substitute traditional textbooks or become a complementary tool with a high educational value.
  • Science Bits is an easy and effective way to implement the constructivist 5E Model of learning and a learning-by-doing method.

Pedagogical Framework

An easy and effective way to implement the constructivist 5E Model of learning.

  • Every Science Bits lesson is clearly organized around a friendly 5E Model of learning. What is the 5E Model of learning?
  • Learning objectives aim at skills development through virtual and hands-on practices, and focus on the achievement of crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas.
  • The nature of science and research is integrated into every phase of a learning-by-doing process.
  • Complete key resources and activity guides are included, allowing teachers to implement the lessons successfully.
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Science Bits’ 5E Model of learning

  • Cover

    Before starting

    Includes a visual index of all 5E steps in the unit and an activity that tests students on the unit's prerequisites.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Explain

    Formal 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.

  • 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.

  • Evaluate

    Review and evaluate new knowlegde

    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.

About Us

Behind Science Bits project there is a multidisciplinary team of science teachers, educators, video editors, and multimedia professionals from all around the world who work within the framework of the International Science Teaching Foundation. Our goal is to provide teachers with tools that promote a high quality science education.

Because Science is not a body of immutable facts that must be memorized, but an exciting way of obtaining new knowledge and understanding the world around us.

  • We adhere to the constructivist 5E learning model, which promotes real understanding and engages students in science learning while helping them understand the relevance of science to their lives.
  • We would like to play an active role in promoting the change from a transmission educational model, based on the transmission of facts from teacher to learner, to a constructivist one, based on inquiry, discovery and learning-by-doing.
  • We think the best way to bring about this change is to empower teachers with user-friendly tools of great educational potential, and to do so at an international level.

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  • "Science Bits is really great! I used a different program last year and it was like learning a non-fiction course, boring and not engaging. However, with Science Bits, my child is truly engaged and ready to learn. The 5E approach is exactly the way children respond best to learning, in my humble experience. The quality of content and delivery is truly excellent. One of the very best homeschool purchases ever! We will mostly likely continue to use this until our kids graduate high school. I have also referred this program to others who work inside our state's board of education office."

    By Tanya Eddins, Homeschool Buyers Co-op Member.



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The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is a purchasing cooperative for families educating with a homeschool curriculum.

 

  • "Wow! Science Bits is a Science teacher's dream. There are too many good things to say about this ed-tech tool to cover in this comments section, but what I will say is goodbye textbooks and wrote memorization and hello to scientific exploration and discovery!"

    By Academics’ Choice Awards Reviewer 2014.



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    • 24 hour access for one teacher to all Science Bits Lessons and Learning Objects for one year.
    • Use from any computer or tablet connected to the Internet (especially recommended for projector and interactive whiteboard).
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    • Complete key teacher resources and guides.

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    • 24 hour access for teachers and a minimum of 25 students to all Science Bits Lessons and Learning Objects for one year.
    • Student achievements tracking tools for teachers.
    • All content in English and Spanish.
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    • All content in English and Spanish.
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    • 24 hour access for one teacher and up to 3 students to all Science Bits Lessons and Learning Objects for one year.
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    • 24 hour access for one student to all* Science Bits Lessons and Learning Objects for one year.
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