StudySync’s SyncBlasts™ now featured in Inspire Science
For the first time, we have integrated StudySync’s SyncBlasts™ into our core science curriculum, Inspire Science. This allows for students to connect what they are learning in the classroom to their lives outside of school, encouraging curiosity and deep, relevant discussion.
Similar to SyncBlasts for other subjects, SyncBlasts in Inspire Science will draw upon recent news about topics students are studying in the classroom, such as the reported decline of the honeybee population and the publication of the first-ever images of a black hole.
“McGraw-Hill’s Inspire Science has always been focused on sparking curiosity and empowering students to think more critically, and our expanded partnership with StudySync helps us achieve those objectives more effectively than ever before,” said Kelly McGrath, Chief Academic Officer at McGraw-Hill. “Through this collaboration, we’ve taken the strongest core science curricula that McGraw-Hill has developed to date and made it even more engaging and relevant for students.”
How It Works
Published weekly, SyncBlasts provide reading and writing assignments that present science and current event topics relevant to students’ lives and their world. This saves teachers time, offering hundreds of curated articles and videos that are aligned to science content standards, with content channels that are updated and expanded regularly with new articles and media. Teachers control the deployment of SyncBlasts, and the platform allows teachers to leverage the power of social learning in a safe, mediated environment.
Teachers visit content channels to select reading and writing assignments the inspire students to think critically about high interest topics. Students explore a robust platform of multimedia content to learn about each topic and then completed assignments within the engaging social media-like platform.
Providing a variety of rich multimedia, including Preview Videos, links to Case Studies, Explainer Videos, and The Point News Show, SyncBlasts challenge students to:
- Build vital research, writing, and critical thinking skills while providing an easy entry point for peer review.
- Develop informed opinions on high-interest topics of cultural significance.
- Express their opinions succinctly, in a familiar format.
Encouraging a Life-Long Interest in Science
Inspire Science is built using the Next Generation Science Standards and the “5E” instructional framework, providing an inquiry-based approach to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate like real-world scientists and engineers.
“For today’s students, it’s absolutely crucial that classroom lessons make connections to students’ daily lives,” said McGrath. “By adding SyncBlasts to Inspire Science, students will have more options for sustained engagement with the most pertinent issues in the world today, while reinforcing and practicing their reading, writing and research skills on a platform managed by teachers.”
Through curiosity, trial and error, and discovery, students are able to construct explanations for scientific phenomena and design solutions for real problems. Critical thinking and communication skills encourage students to apply and transfer their knowledge to new situations along their individual pathways to career and college success. And by forming relevant connections between what is learned in the classroom, to what is going on in the world around them, students will stay engaged with the world of science wherever they go.
To learn more on using critical thinking and inquiry-based approaches in science instruction, see: