Prepared for Christy S. | Delivered February 20, 2020
Market trends in science curriculum
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To analyze competitors in the science curriculum industry by identifying 2-3 market trends in this space, such as making science class fun and technology advancements.
The Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching met in 2018 and identified
as one of the major trends in science education.
The use of
worlds allows students to make mistakes and conduct experiments. Virtual reality also provides
engaging and authentic material
. This system also allows students and teachers access to
that they can review.
to technology advancement is how do teachers create virtual reality and school funding.
There are some
that have created software teachers can implement. The
Google Expeditions App and the YouTube VR
are both virtual reality systems that are at a lower price.
are also a part of the technology trend available for schools when there is adequate funding.
Technology advancements have also led to the
promotion of STEM learning
by improving skills in engineering designing, collaborative reasoning, and argumentation skills.
are able to allow students to use multiple STEM fields at once and master STEM concepts through models.
An example of using technology in a curriculum is how
combines traditional books and hard materials with advancements in digital tools to create their middle school science curriculum.
Making it Fun
Another trend is teachers looking to
make science fun
so students are engaged.
with experiments and hands-on experience instead of textbooks has produced results.
of this include making geological processes and watching rock formations crystallize. A
one school follows incorporating this "fun" learning is the Full Option Science System.
Students and teachers are enjoying the
experiences of STEM and engineering tools. These fun activities include creating a structure out of straws and ducktape to
prototypes and types of force.
curriculum or projects
that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards that are also fun and interactive is important. Using a project, such as creating a
, helps to foster a culture where different ideas can grow.
Incorporating actual models
to teach concepts fosters more learning than a textbook, such as a volcano that actually explodes or dismantling a computer to learn about technology.
A major trend that came out of
in 2018 was teachers pushing for visual literacy. Tests and exams are
students to be able to interpret and read data from graphs, tables, and images. There is a call for training
on how to help students "read" visuals by accessing prior knowledge and right their conclusions.
that aren't just science based but also memes, cartoons, collages, maps, storyboards, and videos have been found to help. Implementing strategies that are used in reading class, such as
, can also be applied to students reading a graph or table.
reflects the younger generation that is more visually concerned, new technology, and wanting to create things.
have shown an increase in including visuals and a decrease in text accompanying the visuals.
have shown that exams include over 1/2 of their questions based upon visuals.
has been proven to be beneficial in kids using shapes to create objects and the visual cortex of the brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text.