Remote & hybrid learning
Authored by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, Amplify Science is a comprehensive program that blends literacy-rich activities, hands-on investigations, and engaging digital experiences to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like 21st-century scientists and engineers. Highly adaptable and user-friendly, the program gives schools and individual teachers flexibility with their technology resources and preferences.
Supporting you in any scenario
It goes without saying that the last few school years have been unlike any others. As we all continue to navigate the world of remote and hybrid learning, Amplify is here to help you plan for whatever scenario, or combination of scenarios, your district is facing.
Online: Students learn at home and have access to some level of technology
Offline: Students learn at home and do not have access to technology other than potentially smartphones
In-person/online at home: Students spend some time in school and some at home and have access to technology
In-person/offline at home: Students spend some time in school and some at home and do not have access to technology
Amplify Science features resources to help you and your staff effectively manage whatever scenarios you encounter, including any combination of the previously mentioned scenarios.
In addition to Classroom Slides for grades 6–8 slides and K–5 read-aloud functionality, we offer a remote learning solution called Amplify Science@Home to make extended remote learning and hybrid learning easier.
With Amplify Science@Home, teachers have access to educator-led videos of Amplify Science lessons taught remotely as well as a curated selection of key activities from the Amplify Science curriculum that work in no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech scenarios.
Resources to help you facilitate learning in both remote and hybrid settings
@Home Videos and other video resources
Available for each lesson of Amplify Science, in English and Spanish.
Amplify Science teachers now have access to a new remote learning solution called Amplify Science@Home. These resources make remote learning and hybrid learning easier for both teachers and students.
Featuring select activities from Amplify Science, modified for at-home use.
Unit Orientation Videos and Unit Guides introduce the role students take on in the unit and the phenomenon they work to figure out, and highlight key science concepts and activities. A companion PDF called the Unit Guide provides an at-a-glance view of the activities that take place during each chapter.
Student eBooks with Audio and Video Read-Alouds make remote learning literacy integration easier with audio support and video read-alouds. The embedded speaker feature in our eBooks allows students to listen to one page at a time, while our read-aloud videos featuring real classroom teachers provide a modeled reading with comprehension or fluency support.
@Home Units are strategically modified versions of Amplify Science units, highlighting key activities from the program. The @Home Units and their accompanying materials allow students to engage with science at home and take significantly less instructional time than the complete Amplify Science program.
Teacher Overviews provide general information for each unit and include suggestions for pacing, tips for adjusting instructional time, instructional routines that should be planned for, and recommendations for chapter- and lesson-level modifications.
Available in both PDF or Google slide formats, @Home Slides and Student Sheets replace the Classroom Slides and Student Investigation Notebooks used with our traditional units. Embedded within each slide deck are links to other resources and prompts to complete relevant activity sheets, which are available as a separate @Home Sheets PDF.
@Home Student Packets are printable packets that deliver parallel content as @Home Slides and Student Sheets, but in a way that supports students with little or no access to technology. With a single PDF for each lesson, students have access to all instruction and relevant activity sheets in one document.
Support for families
Family Overviews include information to send home to families about each unit’s goals, materials, and approach. Families can also access the Amplify Science Family Resources website, which includes a short video introduction to the NGSS standards, a high-level overview of the program’s components, summaries of all the units, and ideas for student investigations to conduct at home.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to buy the new @Home Units if I’m already using Amplify Science?
You do not! We are providing the new materials free of charge as PDF and PPT documents to Amplify Science users.
Are the @Home Units full Amplify Science units?
No. These are condensed versions of Amplify Science units for those who are dedicating less time for science, and are meant to take about half of the amount of time as the standard units.
Are resources available in Spanish?
Yes! The student-facing resources associated with the @Home Units, as well as the @Home Videos, are offered in Spanish.
Do you offer training for teachers?
Yes, we offer on-demand professional development resources specific to remote and hybrid learning.
Do you have videos of all of the hands-on activities?
Yes! Videos all of the hands-on activities are available.
How do students who use the @Home Packets submit their work?
The answer to this question depends on district resources and systems, but options could include:
- Photographing their writing and submitting via Google Classroom or other platforms.
- Submitting an audio or video recording of an oral response, using a platform like Flipgrid.
- Discussing the prompt with a parent or family member (no written submission from the student).
What is the approach to student discourse and how does it change in a remote setting?
The @Home Units include suggestions for how to adapt student discourse activities for the range of remote learning contexts.
Do these resources support both synchronous and asynchronous learning?
Yes. For guidance on how to teach the program synchronously via video, refer to the @Home Videos which feature real Amplify Science teachers teaching lessons on video. For guidance on how to teach the program asynchronously, you can assign the @Home Videos to your students, or watch them yourself and use them as a model for creating your own videos to assign to students.