New science program is interactive, visual

The education services and technology company Pearson today announced its Interactive Science middle school program.

Available for purchase in January 2010, Interactive Science enables middle school students to read, write, draw, graph and self-assess, while the online learning environment,, engages them with videos, virtual labs, research opportunities and more. Each lesson opens with a Planet Diary feature where students read about a specific problem, issue, factoid, real-life event, or misconception and then blog about their reactions to one or two open-ended questions about the example.

Featuring best practices in science instruction and aligned to NSTA standards, Interactive Science utilizes Dr. Grant Wiggins’ Understanding by Design model and focuses on interactive, visual, and differentiated learning strategies to help teachers provide personalized learning for all students.

Visual cues throughout the text help struggling readers and English Learners to better understand core science concepts, and integrated print and digital formative self-assessments keep students on track throughout the school year. When students need extra help, they can access MyScienceCoach, an online interactive tool that brings students up to speed with additional activities, links to external websites that support key science topics and educational content passages, which cover chapter topics and can be set to their individual Lexile reading levels.

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