Lanzamiento global de Learning Passport

Twig Education y el Imperial College London tienen el honor de anunciar una nueva iniciativa para crear el contenido de ciencias para The Learning Passport de UNICEF, una plataforma de aprendizaje personalizado para niños y jóvenes.

Mediante esta colaboración, el contenido de ciencias desarrollado por el equipo de aprendizaje remoto de Twig y educadores expertos de Imperial College estará disponible para niños y jóvenes que utilicen Learning Passport en Jordania, Puntlandia (Somalia), Timor Oriental y Ucrania, con expansión a más países en los próximos meses.

Catherine Cahn, Directora Ejecutiva de Twig Education, comentó:

“Las protestas del año pasado por el calentamiento global demostraron cómo la próxima generación usará su voz y su conocimiento para determinar el futuro de nuestro planeta. Juntos con UNICEF y The Learning Passport, Twig Education y el Imperial College London tienen el honor de proveer de recursos digitales STEM a estudiantes de todo el mundo que normalmente estarían excluidos de esta conversación.”

El proyecto fue inicialmente creado por UNICEF y sus aliados para brindar educación de calidad a niños refugiados o en situación de desplazamiento, y jóvenes cuya educación ha sido interrumpida por conflictos y emergencias. Cuando COVID-19 obligó al cierre de escuelas para más del 90% de los niños en edad escolar del mundo, la plataforma fue escalada rápidamente para ayudar a que los niños pudieran acceder a su plan de estudios y otros materiales de aprendizaje de forma remota.

Professor Alice Gast, Presidenta de Imperial College London, anunció: 

“Estamos encantados de colaborar con Twig Education en este importante proyecto de UNICEF, The Learning Passport. Nos emociona saber los beneficios que este proyecto traerá a aquellos jóvenes y educadores que más lo necesitan. Es un honor para Imperial College London ser parte de este legado.”

¿En qué se enfoca The Learning Passport?

El Pasaporte abarca una serie de temas clave frecuentemente cubiertos por escuelas primarias a nivel internacional, incluyendo:

  • Ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas
  • Humanidades y ciencias sociales

Éstos son integrados en un plan de estudios cohesivo y ofrecidos en una plataforma en línea excepcional.

Robert Jenkins, Jefe de Educación de UNICEF, mencionó:

“La pandemia ha expuesto y exacerbado una crisis de aprendizaje que existe desde hace mucho tiempo, así como la brecha digital. Los niños que se encuentran más excluidos, que tienen los mayores problemas para obtener una educación, están en el más alto riesgo de perderlo todo. A medida que el impacto en la educación se profundiza, estas alianzas son un poderoso recordatorio de que trabajando juntos podemos crear soluciones innovadoras y escalables que mantengan a los niños aprendiendo.”

La urgencia de proveer una educación de alta calidad

Con la disrupción causada por la pandemia que sigue impactando las oportunidades de vida de millones de niños, es el momento más importante para respaldar a los líderes locales, nacionales e internacionales de las futuras generaciones.

En el Reino Unido, en respuesta al incremento de la educación en casa debido a COVID-19, Imperial College está ofreciendo material en línea gratuito basado en el currículum nacional. Esta alianza con UNICEF significa que Imperial College y Twig ahora podrán alcanzar una audiencia más amplia de niños en edad escolar que se encuentran en necesidad de una educación STEM accesible y de alta calidad.

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Digital learning for young people and educators most in need

Twig Education and Imperial College London are honored to announce a new initiative to create science content for UNICEF’s Learning Passport, a digital personalized learning platform for children and young people. 

Through the partnership, science content created by Twig’s remote learning team and Imperial expert educators will be available to children and young people using the Learning Passport in Jordan, Puntland (Somalia), Timor-Leste and Ukraine, with expansion to more countries expected in the coming months. 

Catherine Cahn, Chief Executive of Twig Education, said:

“Last year’s global climate strikes demonstrated how the next generation will use their voices and knowledge to shape the future of our planet. Together with UNICEF and the Learning Passport, Twig Education and Imperial College London are honored to provide digital STEM resources for young people around the globe who might otherwise be excluded from this conversation.”

The Learning Passport was initially developed by UNICEF and partners to provide quality education to displaced and refugee children, and young people whose education had been disrupted due to conflict and emergencies. When COVID-19 shuttered schools for more than 90 per cent of the world’s schoolchildren, the platform underwent rapid expansion to help children access their school curriculum and other learning materials remotely.

Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London, said: 

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Twig Education on this important UNICEF project, the Learning Passport.  We are excited about the benefits this project will bring to those young people and educators most in need. We are honored that Imperial College London will be part of this legacy.”

What does the Passport focus on?

The Passport covers a range of key topics frequently covered by primary schools internationally, including:

  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • Humanities and social sciences

These are integrated into a cohesive curriculum and offered on a unique online platform.

Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Chief of Education, said:

“The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated a long-standing learning crisis and digital divide. The most marginalized children, who have to fight the hardest to get an education, are at greatest risk of losing it altogether. As the impact on education deepens, these partnerships are a powerful reminder that by working together we can create innovative, scalable solutions that keep children learning.”

The urgency of providing a high-quality education

With disruption due to the pandemic continuing to impact the life chances of millions of children, fostering local, national, and international leaders of future generations has never been so critical. 

In the UK in response to the rise in home-schooling due to COVID-19, Imperial is offering free, online material based on the UK school curriculum. Partnering with UNICEF means Imperial and Twig are now able to reach an even larger audience of primary school children in need of an accessible and high-quality STEM education.

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Topical Science—October 2020

Happy October! We’re well and truly into fall now, and Halloween is just around the corner. Below, we’ve collated some notable days of this month, along with related topical science videos and articles. These are perfect for helping you bring real-world phenomena into the classroom. Let’s have a look.

Monday, October 5

World Teachers’ Day

On this day, dedicated to all the fantastic teachers around the world, let’s find out how Twig Science supports teachers to deliver the Next Generation Science Standards: Watch now.

World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day raises awareness of the importance of protecting the world’s different habitats. Find out more about habitats:

Thursday, October 8

World Octopus Day

Celebrate one of the world’s coolest animals by learning more about invertebrates:

Saturday, October 10

World Migratory Bird Day

This day brings attention to the importance of protecting migratory birds. Learn more about these fascinating birds:

Thursday, October 15

Global Handwashing Day

Now more than ever, it’s important to remember to thoroughly wash our hands. Want to know the best technique for washing your hands? Our Handwashing Song will help you out! Watch now. 

Friday, October 16

World Food Day

World Food Day brings attention to the importance of having reliable access to food. Food gives us the energy we need to live and be healthy—but how do we know how much energy is in different foods? This experiment shows one technique:

Tuesday, October 20

International Sloth Day

Did you know that there are two types and six species of sloths? Let’s find out more about one of the smallest species, the pygmy three-toed sloth: Watch now.

World Statistics Day

Statistics can help us find out a lot about the world around us. Did you know that there’s actually a type of robot that uses statistics? Learn more:

Saturday, October 31

World Cities Day

This UN Observance Day encourages the sustainable development of cities. Cities are a type of settlement, just like villages and towns. Find out more about settlements:

Halloween

Happy Halloween! Here are five facts you might not know about this spooky holiday: Find out more.

Science Activities Using Easy-to-Find Resources

As educators, we make sure our students keep actively learning, regardless of whether they’re learning from home or in-school. 

Hands-on activities are perfect for encouraging students to really get involved. Experiments and activities allow students to think and work like scientists and engineers as they figure out problems and learn how scientific concepts actually apply to real-world situations.

To give you some inspiration, we’ve collated lots of fun science activities that can be done at home as part of a student’s remote learning activities, or in-class as a fun group project. All of these activities use items that are super easy to find, many of which you’ll probably already have lying around the house!

Just click one of the images below to get the full instructions. Happy investigating!

For more investigations and experiments, learn more about our fantastic science resources below:

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Twig Science (TK/PK to Grade 6)

Rest of the world

Twig (ages 11–16)

Tigtag (ages 7–11)

Tigtag Junior (ages 4–7)

8 Key Distance Learning Approaches | Twig Distance Learning

Over the last few months, teachers and students have had to adapt to distance learning, which comes with a whole host of new challenges. Since most of us are unlikely to get back full-time to a normal classroom anytime soon, it’s important to find ways to make distance learning as successful as possible. 

There are several reasons why distance learning can sometimes be a challenge. One-to-one contact is important for motivation and accountability, and students are less likely to continually engage in coursework without personal contact with teachers and classmates. It’s also not as straightforward for struggling students to receive the support they need if they’re not in the same room as their teachers. 

On top of that, not all children have easy access to digital devices or a good internet connection. While teachers can’t control a student’s home environment, there are some things you can do to ensure your students stay engaged, challenged, and motivated. 

Here are our top tips for how to successfully navigate a distance learning environment.

  1. Make it fun

This one might seem obvious, but it’s arguably even more important in a distance learning classroom. Students need to feel motivated to keep coming back to virtual lessons, engage with group work, and do their independent work. Change it up every day and make use of digital resources like videos, interactive games, and hands-on activities. 

  1. Don’t lecture—prioritize conversation

Keep the explaining to a minimum and prioritize video content, investigatory projects, or independent research to ensure that students familiarize themselves with topics before coming to class. Reserve face-to-face time for conversations, feedback, and hands-on projects. 

  1. Make learning as collaborative and interactive as possible

This is trickier in a distance learning environment, but not impossible. Make use of break-out rooms (available with most video conference platforms) to encourage group work and/or discussion, assign practical projects as homework, and use interactive activities and games when suitable.  

  1. Make use of a learning management system (LMS)

Using an LMS or other application for sharing content can help immensely in a distance learning environment. For example, students can be asked to share research findings or work on group projects in shared documents. In addition, an LMS will usually allow you to easily share videos or other content with students as “assignments.” 

  1. Hold students accountable

Students who are naturally self-motivated are often more successful in a distance learning environment. With students who struggle, there are strategies you can use:

  • Prioritize group assignments over individual homework, and make use of break-out rooms during class time to give groups dedicated time to catch up. 
  • Keep parents in the loop. Of course, parents aren’t teachers, and most will have jobs that take up their time, but many will likely be keen to keep their kids accountable when it comes to doing their schoolwork. 
  1. Set clear individual goals and check learning

Look at how each student has performed recently and put together goals for them to achieve. Tailor your lesson content and assignments to meet these goals, and make sure to check students’ learning regularly. This will help motivate students to learn and means you can keep track of student needs.

  1. Don’t forget about differentiation

It can be challenging to cater to every single student in a distance learning environment, but it’s perhaps even more important. There are a few things you can do to help: 

  • Put groups of students together in different break-out rooms. Depending on the task, it may be more helpful to either put students of the same ability together, or group students in a range of different abilities. 
  • Adapt homework and feedback to student needs. Not everyone learns in the same way, and some students may need additional help in certain areas. 
  • Find learning resources that allow for differentiated learning, such as videos that come with captions/voice-overs in different language levels or different languages. 
  1. Find reliable resources

Having a reliable resource that you trust and can use for a wide range of purposes is essential for successful distance learning. Twig Distance Learning does just that. Our distance learning solution is based on our full PreK/TK–8 standards-based science program. In addition to the full Twig Science program, Twig DL features additional support:

  • Twig Coach videos are bite-sized studio quality coaching videos, presented by experienced teachers who lead students through each lesson, encouraging participation and engagement.
  • Video Labs allow students to take part in experiments from home. Students can now investigate and participate in experiments with our digital labs, created to support teaching hands on science. 

We hope that these tips will help you feel more equipped to tackle distance learning in the future.