A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend EdCamp LA. As is the nature of an EdCamp, I sat down for a slice of pizza with some interesting people, and among them was Brendan Finch, founder of BirdBrain Science.
I love seeing the awesome work that educators are working on with tech, and BirdBrain Science is no exception.
A while back I covered Newsela, a lexical-adjustable news source for reading the news. BirdBrain science takes a similar approach and applies it to Standards-based science lessons.
This means that regardless of your students’ reading level, they can keep up with the classroom content. No excuses and no discouragement.
For a small team, the guys at BirdBrain Science have built a surprisingly robust system. In addition to putting together multiple reading-level versions of common core aligned lessons, the back end of the site is equally if not more impressive. Lets take a look at how the articles and the reports work:
The library of articles is always growing, so I’d expect this to expand, but at the moment you can choose from articles in the following categories:
- Circulatory System
- Musculoskeletal System
- The Ear and Sound
- Earth and Life History
- Plate Tectonics
- Digestive System
- Erosion and Weathering
- Heat and Thermodynamics
- The Earth System
- Structure of Matter
- Chemical Reactions
- Chemistry of Living Systems
- Immune System
- Density and Buoyancy
- Human Impact
- Thinking Like a Scientist
I’ve prepared a PDF of the features and benefits of using BirdBrain Science. Even if you’re not a science teacher, you may find this is something worth passing along to your colleagues:
As of this posting, BirdBrain has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to expand their offerings beyond science to include history as well.
If you like the idea of BirdBrain Science, you can see the value of the same application in other fields. History is an excellent second resource for teachers and students to work with adaptive reading. Jump in and support a good cause created by educators, for educators!