Use Your BirdBrain In Science!
Type of technology: Website
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: Elementary/ Early Secondary
Subject area: Science
Cost: Free Trial, $4 per student
I have at least five different reading levels in this class, how can I have them actually read the same material?
Have you ever thought this? As we make the shift to Common Core, we are trying to bring more reading into the classroom. But if you are like me, I spend way too many hours trying to find relevant articles for my classroom and often when I do find one I will be leaving behind a several students as the material is too advanced or not advanced enough. Luckily there is an answer to all of that and it just has to do with using a BirdBrain.
Getting set up can be a little tedious, but you can to enter in an entire roster by copying and pasting. The default username is the student’s full name, but you can change it to whatever you would like- I changed it to first initial, last name. Once you have set up accounts for the students, they can log in and do not need to sign up for anything on their own. Here are the directions I used to get my classes going:
- Go to birdbrainscience.com
- Click on “I’m a student”
- Under the “I already have a code” put in 4074-GALLON
- You DO NOT need to sign up for an account you already have one.
- On the right side under “I have a Birdbrain username and password”
- Enter 4074 for school ID
- Your username is your first initial last name (example: saikins)
- Password is: 4074
- Under “Your First Assignment” click on START READING
- Please read the articles and answer the questions.
- Under “Upcoming Assignments” Read the DNA article
With BirdBrain Science students take an initial assessment to gauge their reading level with three short articles followed by a quiz. Based on their score, students will have a reading level assigned to them anywhere from 3rd-8th grade. Yes, students can test up to a higher level giving them access to the more difficult reading levels.
Now take a look at the two screenshots below:
Looking at them can you really tell much of a difference? My guess is probably not. They look nearly the same, but you can now have two students reading the same article with one reading it at a 3rd grad level and another reading it at an 8th grade level. The content and the science specific vocabulary is the same, but the reading may be “easier” for someone that reads at a lower level. (Note: when the student is reading the article it does not show what level they are at like in the above screen shots.)
At the lower reading level the articles have a built in ReadSpeaker. It will read and highlight the article for the students that my struggle with reading.
All of the students progress can be monitored in real time from the teacher dashboard and class data is crunched into easy to use charts and diagrams. This website has really made it easy for students to have access to the same content at the same time. I would highly encourage any teacher that wants to bring more equitable reading into her or his classroom by using BirdBrain Science. Check it out!