Shout Science!

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A charming interactive comic book introduces readers to three lesser-known, yet pivotal, scientists from the Renaissance era. Their discoveries, which took place during the Scientific Revolution in Europe, are the basis for many of today's scientific concepts.

2nd - 7th Science 90 Views 40 Downloads NGSS: Adaptable
App Overview

Features:

  • Upbeat background music and whistling at the map and menu home screen
  • Narrative biographies on Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Maria Sibylla Merian, and James Hutton
  • Menu arranges featured scientists within a timeline with Copernicus, Hooke, Newton, Lavosier, and Darwin for reference
  • Use the map or the scrollable menu to read the biographies
  • Tap on a city in the map, and four buttons appear: the scientist's name, Read StoryMore Info, or Close
  • In the biographical story, swipe up to turn pages and tap Next to move to the next chapter
  • Very few simplistic interactive elements
  • At the end of a biographical story, choose to return to home screen or view more information in an encyclopedia-style page:
    • Timeline
    • Images
    • People
    • Places
    • Concepts
    • Bibliography
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Rating Details

  • Adherence to task
  • Worth the money
  • Fun factor
  • Scaffolding of learning
  • User safety
  • Control and feedback
  • How techie do I need to be?
    Novice
Instructional Ideas

  • Assess reading comprehension by designing a quiz on each scientist's life and discoveries
  • Allow small groups to read the biographies together and take notes to turn in
  • In a history class, when studying the Renaissance era, use the app to introduce your class to the scientific discoveries of the time period
  • Use stories as background information when working toward Next Generation Science Standards
Classroom Considerations

The language and animation is more appropriate for elementary science learners.

Pros

  • Cute cartoon animation attracts readers
  • Focuses on reading, as well as scientific concepts
  • Easy to navigate
  • No third-party ads, in-app purchases, or social media links to distract learners
  • Including a female scientist presents a good role model for women in science
Cons

  • The interactive features are not engaging
  • No option to turn off background music