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OLogy

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Author/Publisher/Website: www.amnh.org/explore/ology
Copyright:
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Nov/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 1-10
(View recommended grades and subjects) Science

Resource Description

This award-winning, brightly illustrated, and engaging science website from the American Museum of Natural History aims to enrich student learning as it introduces basic science, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Biodiversity, Paleontology, Physics, Climate Change, and Zoology. Critical and creative thinking is encouraged as students explore topics through games, stories, hands-on activities, storytelling, videos, and frequently asked questions answered by scientists working at the Museum. Useful for students to learn content or as a reference to create science projects. An educators’ section provides access information for articles that support reading comprehension.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Comments:
OLogy is a science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History. The content is designed specifically for school-aged learners. From grade 1 topics such as the properties of light and sound, common objects and patterns in the sky (astronomy), and structural features and adaptations (dinosaurs) to grade 10 topics such as plate tectonics and earthquakes, this website provides basic information about many science topics. However, the language and style are more suitable for elementary students.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Social Considerations Comments:
No social considerations were found for this resource.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Extensively
Can reading level be adjusted?
Not at all or slightly
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
While this site has extensive connections to the BC curriculum and content, it is not specifically designed for BC students. It is still a good place for students and teachers to engage with multimodal activities such as hands-on experiments, games, science via story-telling, and science talks. Teachers may need to search for various activities that are relevant to the BC curriculum and design their lesson plans to make sure students are on track. While the reading level of OLogy cannot be adjusted, the multimodal nature of the content offers many options for differentiation.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the navigation throughout the site intuitive?
Extensively
Is the content exportable in a variety of file formats such as wpd, doc, pdf, xls, etc.?
Not at all or slightly
Are the presentation controls (e.g. sizing, resolutions, volume, etc.) suitable for the classroom?
Extensively
Are images clear?
Extensively
Is the sound quality clear?
Extensively
Is the interface uncluttered?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Search by file type (audio, graphics, photo, etc.)
Search engine can search the entire site
External links are operational
Displays in mobile devices
Comments:
The OLogy website has a bright, engaging design that will capture the attention of students. The main page of each 'ology' is logically laid out with the title at the top and tabs for the various resources associated with the ology, i.e. games, stories, hands-on, videos. The cartoon-like images are colourful and balanced with crisp photography. Videos have clear sound, closed-captioning, and the option of showing a transcript. Various sharing formats are offered including Twitter, Facebook, email, and Google classroom. The 'Collect' feature enables users who have created an account the ability to flag pages in order to collect and organize content.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Extensively
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Extensively
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Moderately
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Extensively
Does the resource support a gradual release of responsibility i.e. explicit instruction, guided practice, independent learning?
Extensively
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Extensively
Does the resource provide appropriate tools for assessment?
Moderately
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Extensively
Comments:
There is an overall instructional design that provides structure to the website. For example, the first page is games (a hook to engage students with the topic), the second page is stories (a lesson), the third page is hands-on activities (extending the learning process), and the fourth page has videos (science talks making connection to the real world). However, teachers may not be able to find all the instructional elements or assessment tools for one particular topic to plan a coherent lesson just from this website.

DIGITAL CLASSROOM REFERENCE

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Does the classroom reference have a bibliography and footnotes?
Not at all or slightly
Does the classroom reference use multimedia to support learning?
Extensively
Are the subject area list and/or subtopics extensive?
Extensively
Is the keyword search adequate?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Basic search
Student social media tools
Comments:
This reference provides appropriate depth for the intended age group. Learners may explore the website in numerous ways: by keyword search, choosing an 'ology' from the extensive list, exploring by activity (games, stories, videos, hands-on), or browsing the list of popular topics. 'OLogy cards' (sort of like science baseball cards) can be found throughout the site and offer extra photos, facts, quotes, and fun quizzes. There is an OLogy for Educators section which explains OLogy's partnership with ReadWorks.org. The partnership offers educators access to OLogy articles which have been paired with vocabulary lessons and formative assessments. The only external link on the site is to AMNH.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE VENDOR

Mac Version(s) :
n/a
Win Version(s) :
n/a
Is Active Directory integration available for updating user data?
Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
Awards: Teacher's Choice Award 2007 and 2010, Tech and Learning Winner 2008, Association of Educational Publishers, Distinguished Achievement Award 2002.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This resource is a useful introduction to the various basic sciences such as Anthropology, Genetics, Archaeology, Marine Biology, Astronomy, Microbiology, Biodiversity, Paleontology, Biodiversity, Brain, Physics, Climate Change, Water, Earth, and Zoology. It provides easy access to science presentations in video format created and delivered by students, guided hands-on activities, games, science via story-telling, and, importantly, the scientists working at the American Museum of Natural History answer frequently asked questions. Students may use this website to learn content or use it a reference to create science projects. The resource does not have a curriculum guide.
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