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Prepmagic

By Sally Finley - Posted May 1, 2017
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Company: Learning Hyperdrive, Inc.; prepmagic.com

Price: Pricing for a school or district-wide site license can be obtained at offers@prep magic.com.

Audience: High school students and educators

Format: Prepmagic is web-based and requires access to the internet.

System Requirements: Prepmagic requires internet access. Google Chrome is the recommended browser, although others will also work. The site offers a free Chrome download at google.com/chrome.

Description: Prepmagic uses interactive simulations to provide science education for high school students. Teachers can customize the lessons and utilize live formative science assessments.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A

Content/

Features:

A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

 

Reviewers Comments:

Installation/Access: Users have to sign on with an email address and a password. Registration requires name, ZIP code, and school. Sign-in can be done online or through Google or Facebook. Installation: A

Content/Features: Real World Science Connections focus on STEM concepts using data visualizations that can be customized with a special menu bar on each current screen.

Science Lessons allow teachers to create their own teachable moments by adding learning content at suitable points on the timeline of the simulation.

Formative assessments can be created by teachers in their classrooms. Students answer the quiz immediately using computers, mobile phones, or by just raising their hands. The quizzes utilize a variety of formats. When asking students to submit their answers online, teachers can assign a special code to each quiz.

Quizzes can be built with multiple question types around simulations. These quizzes help prepare students for standardized testing. They also provide problem-solving and critical-thinking skills for the students. Detailed explanations are provided as feedback to help the students understand concepts. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Students can use Prepmagic at school or home. The program is easy to use. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Available through email, a weekly newsletter contains updates and new simulation information. Online support is available to the user. YouTube videos give step-by-step directions for utilizing program features as well as how to create individual lessons using an interactive simulation as a base. A blog provides information on timely topics as well as new simulations recently added to the library. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Prepmagic combines the power of interactive simulations with contextual storytelling that can be customized to connect abstract STEM concepts to real-world experiences. High school teachers can customize interactive lessons and live formative assessments in both virtual and live classroom settings. These features make science teaching and learning engaging and fun for the students while encouraging critical thinking and problem-solving.

The simulations present an informative view of science. New simulations are continually being added in all science fields. Some of the interactives recently created focus on series and parallel circuits, completing a Punnett square in genetics, projectile motion using retrofitted drones in physics, launching satellites into orbits as earth science, boiling point of liquids affected by ambient pressure, and storing electrical energy by charging a capacitor. There are hundreds of interactive simulations available in every field of science that offer engaging experiences that lead to better understanding of scientific concepts. Every simulation is tied to a Next Gen Science (NGSS) Standard.

I like that teachers have an editing tool so they can add pauses, texts, and pop quizzes to the existing simulations. This personalization is a valuable tool in meeting the unique needs of learners in every classroom. Changes to the simulations are easily retained through a Save button. Pop quizzes can be added as part of the classroom learning. Students can answer these quizzes using a special code on their computer and then submit their answers. Highly recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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