eLearning Systems International has announced the addition of more than 200 science topics to its library of integrated Web-based courses for elementary and secondary school students. Units include biology, physical science, life science, and earth science.
WebLessons simplifies the process of using the Web as a teaching tool by providing teachers and students with instructions, study questions, vocabulary, quizzes, and inquiry-based projects centered on content from a wide range of online resources, according to the announcement. Among these resources are student-centered sites developed by leading museums and organization such as the Genetic Science Learning Center; government institutions such as NASA and the Department of Energy; media sites such as Discovery.com and PBS; and 25 U.S. universities plus the University of Leicester in the U.K.
As with other subject area courseware available through WebLessons, the new science curriculum follows a step-by-step learning path. First, students are introduced to the topic through a situated learning proposition that activates prior knowledge and generates interest. Next, WebLessons guides them through a series of Web resources related to the topic. Afterward, students take a short quiz to reinforce the newly acquired knowledge, and then they complete a final written project related to the initial scenario, making the entire activity circular.
In addition to whole-class instruction, WebLessons can be used as a directed self-study activity for the majority of a classroom while teachers provide assistance to individuals or small groups as needed. In addition, teachers can use the system's automated management features to manage student profiles, assign lessons, track student progress, grade lessons, and provide feedback.
WebLessons Science pricing starts at $450 per teacher per annual subscription. Teachers can use the system with an unlimited number of students.
Source: eLearning Systems International, www.elearningsystems.org