Release v1.8 - 3P Learning

Release v1.8
Dear IntoScience customer,
We are pleased to announce the release of IntoScience version 1.8.
This major release will include brand new activities covering content on ecosystems. This material will
replace the existing Food Chains and Food Webs topic with new interactions, improved images and an
all round better experience.
We’re also publishing a suite of lesson guides in a new ‘walkthrough’ format. Each guide will step
you through an activity page-by-page, with screen captures, suggested answers and descriptions of
important actions. These new lesson guides will also give you some tips on class discussions and ways
to extend those more eager students.
Release 1.8 will also include the usual bunch of bug fixes, and an improved ability to save inquiry points
in real time, rather than on leaving a topic. We’ve also made a change to how our system responds to
certain errors, making it more unlikely you’ll be inconveniently kicked out in the middle of a session.
Sincerely,
The IntoScience Team
IntoScience is an inquiry-based 3D learning resource aimed at the Australian Curriculum: Science for
Years 7 and 8, English science curriculum Key stage 3 and USA and Canadian middle school.
To bring you the best content and make IntoScience as reliable as possible, we are constantly making
improvements. A release is an update to the online program that includes new content, improvements
to existing features and fixes to the inevitable problems that occur as a result of a rapidly changing
digital world.
If you have any concerns or feedback, about the changes we’ve made, please let us know.
Regards,
Sasha Flanagan
IntoScience Specialist
3P Learning
C: (315) 238-5119
Email: [email protected]
NEW FEATURES
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Ecosystems: a topic exploring the natural world
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Downloadable lesson guides
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Google analytics implementation, to broadly measure the use of IntoScience
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Better error reporting systems
IMPROVEMENTS
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Improved worksheets and worksheet answers
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Improved error reporting systems
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Users are no longer immediately logged out when a connection is lost
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General optimizations for a more reliable, smoother experience
Note: Ecosystems replaces Food Chains and Food Webs
IntoScience has been generating content for nearly five years. In that time, we’ve continued to learn a
lot about how to make activities as engaging and as educational as possible, and keep the science up
to date.
The original Food Chains and Food Webs topic had some great interactions, however we felt we could
do better. While Ecosystems is an improvement, updating content unfortunately also removes any
existing students’ results for Food Chains and Food Webs activities.
As we move forward, we’re looking replace more topics with newer and better content, and finding
the best way to preserve your students’ results is a vital part of that process. If you do experience any
issues as a result of this change, please get in touch with your local representative and let them know
so we can improve this process in the future..
Get wild with new activities on ecosystems!
These seven activities will introduce students to the complex interactions that make up our natural
world.
• Levels of ecology
Learn that ecosystems are diverse environments distinguished by unique interacting living
and non-living components.
• Biotic or abiotic?
Explore the mix of living and non-living factors that can change over time and make up
ecosystems.
• Plant food: photosynthesis
Discover the process by which plants convert the light energy from the Sun into chemicals
they can use as food.
• Stored energy: respiration
Study the process by which living things release energy stored in food to drive all the
chemical reactions required for life.
• Energy in food chains
See how food chains describe the movement of energy through an ecosystem.
• Classifying consumers
Understand that food webs are organized by diet and trophic positions.
• Strange relationships
Know that organisms interact in complex relationships defined by how they affect one
another’s health and ability to survive.
ALL NEW TEACHER GUIDES
Walk through the activities with these new lesson guides
Check out every page of IntoScience in these step-by-step guides and worksheets. Answers to the
questions are made clear and simple, with short explanations on content and icons to show every
interaction. Want to give your students a few fascinating facts to think about? Read out a Talking
Point and get them discussing!
Icons to highlight
actions required
Description of each
page’s content and
purpose
Suggested
answers to
each task
Suggested discussion
points and extension tasks
Locations of inquiry
points in the activity