3P Learning Launches Online Science Program
After testing its new online science curriculum in
100 classrooms in three countries, 3P
Learning is launching its new middle
school science software program, IntoScience,
for global distribution. It is
beginning with 137 schools in the San Francisco Bay area.
IntoScience, a companion program to the company's
resource, Mathletics, is targeting middle school students in grades 6-8.
With IntoScience, 3P Learning aspires to provide
an online learning program that will allow them to engage in real-time
scientific experiments. It incorporates 3D environments, real-time
structured activities and, for teachers, lesson guides, assessment tools
Among the features:
- The ability for each student to have a customizable
research lab, observatory and access to more than 100 3D environments;
- The opportunity to use a telescopic camera to capture
phases of the moon;
- Tools to record data, graph and make predictions in
scientific experiments; and
- The ability for students to compete against one
another in live
multi-player science quizzes.
A Web-based program, IntoScience is accessible via
browsers, desktop apps and tablets, as well as interactive whiteboards.
One of the teachers who was involved with the pilot
Rachel Hilario of St.
Joseph's School in Mountain View, CA, said, "I was really
excited by the fact that kids could play in an interactive world and
the science we are learning in the class."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.