IDE Student Benefits

Students are immersed in an interactive environment, including compelling digital features:

  • “digital journals” for recording students’ original questions and data to support answering them
  • communication and collaboration tools with their teacher(s) and other students
  • embedded videos
  • embedded simulations
  • audio versions of each reading

Distinguished from a typical e-book not only by these features, but also by the captivating manner in which students are asked to engage with both the readings and activities through written prompts, the IQWST Interactive Digital Edition supports reading comprehension and retention, writing skills, and science content learning for a wide range of learners. Students’ written responses and models are stored for revisiting and revising, as well as for electronic submission to their teachers, so their progress toward learning goals can being frequently monitored.

IQWST at its core is an investigation-centered curriculum, and the Interactive Digital Edition remains true to this approach. Students utilize their devices while investigating phenomena. The Interactive Digital Edition text provides investigation procedures, ways to collect and organize data, and prompts to support students in analyzing data and using their data to construct explanations as they go. Students can respond to questions textually or by making digital drawings, or they can take pictures or capture video in each lesson. Digital probeware further enhances students' ability to collect and share data as scientists might.