A. Instruction - 5.7
B. Design - 8
C. Engagement - 5.7
HHMI Bulletin: An App for Science
Summary : Offering Engaging Info about Science and Medicine
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Bulletin is the app version of the Institute’s seasonal publication. From its cover, users swipe sideways to access the table of content, which lists the bulletin’s features and other sections. Users can swipe sideways again to browse the bulletins’ content. Users can also tap an article from the table of content that interests them, and the app will automatically load it. Included in the articles are high-quality pictures; engaging content; and hyperlinks to additional articles, videos, and websites. Once users finish reading an article, they swipe can sideways to progress to the next article or continue swiping until they return to the table of contents.
- If teachers are leading a lesson about a topic that relates to an article in this app, teachers can require students to read the article before the lesson as a warm-up. That way, during the lesson, teachers can make connections between the information students read in the article to the content of the lesson.
- As an extension activity, teachers can have students browse this app for an article they find interesting. Next, students can be required to read the article, summarize its main points, and compose a response to it. In it, students will have to explain if they agree or disagree with the article’s main points, how they could test the article’s premise (if it is an idea, concept, or theory), and/or if they would be interested in working in the field discussed in the article. Students can compose their responses using an Office app and post them to a class website.
- After reading an article, students can create an illustration, either digitally or by hand, that capture’s the article’s focus. Next, students can compose a paragraph that explains their illustration and how it connects to the article. Students can post their illustration and paragraph to a class website as a way to interest other students in reading the article.
- After students become familiar with this app, its content, and format, teachers can assign their class to create a magazine about a topic they studied. Each student can be required to create an article complete with commentary, hyperlinks to additional resources (e.g., websites and videos), and illustrations. Students can email a small team of classmates their work, and they will be responsible for formatting the articles into a publication. Students can use an Office app for writing their article and the students who format the articles into the magazine can use the Book Creator app. The final publication can be posted to a class website as a PDF.
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|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
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|B4. Ease of Use|
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|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|