From the start, we designed Twig Science to be a pleasure to use, from its clear, colorful design to the straightforward navigation between lessons. There are lots of cool features that help to make the Twig Science experience feel streamlined and effortless, and we’re adding more all the time—many at the request of teachers using Twig Science right now.
Here are some you may not know about…
1. Digital Twig Book
One of the Twig Science features we’re most proud of is the Digital Twig Book. This allows students to fill in answers directly into their own personal workbooks on their computers or tablets. You can view any of your students’ individual Digital Twig Books to see their work, and you also have a version of your own—called “My Copy”—which you can add your own notes and answers to.
These features mean that the Digital Twig Book can be used as a streamlined, all-in-one version of the program. You can even teach straight from it. Alternatively, combined with the great new Distance Learning features described below, the Digital Twig Book makes a flexible independent study tool.
Accessing the Digital Twig Book couldn’t be easier. In any lesson, click on “Twig Book” and select “Digital.”
Find out more about sharing Digital Twig Book lessons with your class by clicking here.
2. Distance Learning
Many of the distance learning resources that have been available to teachers up to now were stopgap solutions. They help teachers manage in these unprecedented times, but they’re no replacement for in-class instruction. The new Twig Science Distance Learning, however, is a high-quality, standards-based program unlike anything you’ve seen before. Two of the key features that finally make it possible to achieve through distance learning a quality and depth of instruction equivalent to the classroom experience are virtual coach and hands-on science lab videos.
The virtual coaches appear in bite-sized studio-quality coaching videos, presented by experienced teachers who lead students through each lesson, encouraging participation and engagement.
Hands-on science lab videos allow students to take part in experiments from home, to support the teaching of hands-on science.
See the Twig Science virtual coach and hands-on labs in action here.
3. Presentation View
Twig Science features a fantastic way to control all the events and assets that make up a lesson in one easy-to-use view—it’s called Presentation View. This feature can be used in a classroom or via distance learning through screen sharing, and it gives you a way of presenting assets to your students so that they have maximum visual impact. There’s no clutter—the students see what they need to see and nothing way. It gives you an easy way to navigate through all digital assets that belong to a lesson, enabling you to teach the lesson quickly without needing to wade through instructions.
Presenting a Twig Science lesson is really straightforward. Simply navigate to the lesson you want to teach, then click the “Present Lesson” button:
Alternatively, click the “Present” button on any asset thumbnail:
To learn more about presenting lessons in Twig Science, click here.
4. Accessibility Features
The accessibility panel provides many features, such as a screen reader and font adjustment controls, to provide a great user experience for all.
These features can be turned on by clicking the accessibility button on the bottom left-hand side of the screen.
A pop up panel will appear, giving you access to a screen reader and the ability to change many aspects of the site.
Read more about Twig Science accessibility features—click here.
5. Lesson Pinning
The Teacher Dashboard in Twig Science is a really helpful tool that lets you quickly access important tools and resources. It’s easy to add lessons to your dashboard, allowing you to navigate straight to lessons and assessment for each class.
You can pin a lesson directly to your dashboard by clicking the pin icon. When you click the pin you will be able to select the class you wish to save the lesson for:
The lesson will now we available under My Lessons in the Teacher Dashboard:
For more on adding lessons to the Teacher Dashboard, click here.
To implement Twig Science’s range of ease-of-use tools in your school or district, get in touch today.