Students with diverse abilities and skills can build their science knowledge with Penda Science. From auto-assigning activities based on individual mastery to translation from English to over 60 languages and sophisticated text-to-speech capabilities, Penda supports the inclusive classroom and makes science mastery fun, engaging and possible for all students.
Integration with Immersive Reader, a Microsoft Learning Tool, makes all of Penda’s interactive, game-based science activities accessible to learners of all abilities.
Using cutting-edge natural language processing (NLP) technology, Penda activities can be translated into more than 60 languages. English Language Learners (ELL) can choose to view activities completely in their native language or select individual words to translate. Read-aloud in English and other languages further increases access to science content as ELLs develop their language skills.
Penda activities are fully accessible to students struggling to read and can
even help build fluency and comprehension. Features like text read-aloud with
simultaneous highlighting, breaking words into syllables, isolating parts of speech,
and a picture dictionary help students navigate text and engage with content
that may be at a higher level than their reading ability.
Students with word-reading difficulties such as dyslexia will also benefit from flexible display features like increasing the space between lines and letters, changing the background color of text, and narrowing the focus of their reading to just one, three or five lines at a time.
Penda is designed to meet students where they’re at in their learning. Every
student’s Penda activities are auto assigned and scaffolded based on their skill
and mastery level. A built-in feedback cycle supports independent learning by
providing students with opportunities to review and practice concepts they’re
The ability to increase the size of text and advanced read-aloud capabilities, that even allow students to select the speed of reading and a male or female voice, help students with visual impairments or learning differences to access Penda content independently.
DCPS' transition to distance learning has been an all-hands-on-deck process. Our four-year partnership with Penda Science has proven to be paramount in facilitating the 'switch' from classroom use of Penda to distance learning use. Penda Science has proven to be invaluable in helping our teachers maintain instruction and helping our students learn in a fun and engaging way.
Executive Director of Natural and Social Sciences, Duval County Public Schools (FL)
Our school was blown away with Penda and all of the great activities, resources, and friendly competition it offers. The lesson and activities are aligned to our counties standards and follow our timeline, this will really help reinforce the standards being taught. Our teacher’s favorite part of the program was the inclusion of the levels of DOK. Students will have to demonstrate knowledge for the standards on all levels, what a great accountability piece! Everything a teacher would want in a program, is available through Penda.
Math & Science Coach, Cypress Elementary School, Osceola County Public Schools (FL)
For our high population of ESOL and below grade-level readers, Penda democratized access to science standards via scaffolding instruction and multi-representation of data and concepts.
Science Learning Specialist, Osceola County Public Schools (FL)