Students with disabilities and learning differences are able to participate alongside their classmates and build their scientific knowledge with Penda’s inclusive science curriculum. Automated or teacher-driven scaffolding ensures content meets students where they’re at in their learning while robust accommodation tools powered by Immersive Reader, a Microsoft Learning Tool empowers students to fully engage with Penda and be successful.
Every student’s Penda experience is unique to them. Activities are auto assigned
and scaffolded based on skill and mastery level. A built-in feedback cycle
supports independent learning by providing students with opportunities to review
and practice concepts they’re struggling with.
No matter what grade level they teach, educators have access to Penda’s full library of lessons and activities for grades 3–8 so they can scaffold content to address learning gaps for individual students or small groups.
When Penda lessons are viewed using Immersive Reader the interface is
simplified to help keep students focused on the content. Whether they have
reading difficulties, ADD/ADHD, or low vision, students can customize the text
display in many ways to help them access grade-level content and be successful
Students with word reading difficulties, including dyslexia, are able to keep pace
with grade-level content using built-in assistive features that help them develop
their reading skills.
Students with low vision can increase the font size of the text; increase line, word and letter spacing; and change the background color and font color to improve readability. Penda’s lessons can be read aloud in their entirety, or students can select individual words to be read aloud. Students can adjust the speed of the audio as well as select a male or female voice.
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)