At Twig Science Next Gen, we’re constantly listening to what teachers say are the key challenges they’re facing—and devising creative solutions that are adaptable, easy to use, and genuinely inspiring.
Here are some of the important features that help to make the Twig Science Next Gen experience great for setting students on the path to long-term STEM success—even while we’re still in a period where usual learning patterns are being disrupted.
1. Remote and/or Hybrid Learning
Many of the distance learning resources available at the peak of the pandemic were stopgap solutions. Right now, as we edge closer to the end of the pandemic but while schools are still operating with some remote and/or hybrid instruction in place, teachers need solutions that deliver long-term, standards-based learning.
Twig Science Next Gen does this by combining synchronous and asynchronous learning—and, uniquely, being equally strong at both. In a synchronous session, teachers are able to walk through a Digital Twig Book live with students or present to students via a split-screen. Asynchronously, teachers can assign students the same sections from their Twig Books and use feedback tools to check on students’ progress. We’ve made sure that no matter what approach is being used, teachers can switch between using Twig Science Next Gen synchronously or asynchronously and the content and standards covered will blend seamlessly with what was taught before and what’s coming up next. This adaptability is bringing bring real peace of mind to teachers, students, and parents in these transitional months.
2. 3,000+ Twig Coach/Video Labs Lessons
Our 3,000 Twig Coach and Video Labs lesson videos are what really makes Twig Science Next Gen the strongest hybrid and/or remote solution out there.
Our team of Twig Coaches is made up of virtual teachers who appear in bite-sized studio-quality coaching videos. They’re all experienced teachers, who specialize in teaching science at particular grades. The lessons Twig Coaches present are designed to fit right into your students’ full program of science learning—they’re not bonus lessons to fill in when the teacher is not available. They hit exactly the same learning standards as teachers would be expected to cover in the classroom. Likewise, they’re not simply presenter-led videos that students passively watch—Twig Coaches encourage participation and engagement.
Video Labs allow students to take part in experiments from home, which helps to support the teaching of hands-on science—a crucial part of getting students engaged in science. Video Labs are carried out by engaging presenters from different backgrounds, and all of the experiments are shot in HD from start to finish in the Twig Science Next Gen studio.
Just as with the Twig Coach videos, Video Labs aren’t just random fun experiments. They’re carefully designed to teach important standards—including science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas—as stepping stones on students’ paths towards STEM success at school and, much later, in college and careers.
3. Culturally Relevant Content
The Twig Science Next Gen program is committed to bringing the wonder of science learning to every student, no matter their background. Twig Science Next Gen features immersive story-based investigations full of theater-quality videos, interactives, and imagery, and in all of it we’ve tried to be sensitive to the need to represent the realities of the diversity of student experience.
In this respect, we’ve gone way beyond what is legally and socially compliant. We want absolutely every student to get the same level of opportunity to succeed in STEM. And we firmly believe that students get excited about science careers when they understand that scientists are regular people just like them. We’ve made sure to include representation of different genders and races in our learning materials—including in our Twig Coaches and Video Labs—and the program includes examples of a wide range of STEM professionals from all backgrounds to inspire students, including interviews with real-world scientists who talk in a relatable way about what they do, how they got started, and the tools they use.
Twig Science Next Gen pilots are being rolled out right now—so get in touch today to apply to have your school try out the entire program.