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.
We have a large population of English language learners that are coming in. The immersive reader function with the read-aloud has been very helpful for teachers. It’s not just cool for the English language learners, we have a lot of students especially in middle school that struggle with reading so much. They have a lot of anxiety around it. So to know that they can study the science content, and pop in some headphones and listen to someone read it aloud, it’s OK.
Assistant Principal, Duval Charter Scholars Academy (FL)
Our school was blown away with Penda and all of the great activities, resources, and friendly competition it offers. The lessons and activities are aligned to our county's 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)
Our curriculum specialist that works with our ELL teachers talks about Penda as being a very powerful tool for students who don’t speak English or speak English well, or just haven’t mastered those reading skills. It’s very supportive of those students and it keeps them engaged in science.
Supervisor of Federal Programs, Clay County School District (FL)