DynaStudy’s DynaNotes Science Course Notes are app-based supplemental learning aids that support instruction in high school biology and chemistry courses and science courses at grades 5 and 8. At each grade level, Course Notes complement TEKS-aligned comprehensive, core science curricula and support preparation for STAAR testing and end of course exams. Students can create easy, password-protected journals on individual or shared iPads or Android tablets. The apps are grounded in TEKS, personal to each student and connected to the outside world.
Course Notes summarize fundamental concepts and define vocabulary in short easy-to-read passages that include clear examples, colorful illustrations, and links to external resources with relevant content (e.g., NBC Learn). Instruction focuses content tested on STAAR exams and includes eligible content from prior grades. Course Notes do not include hands-on activities or practice in problem-solving skills. However, teachers are able to expand notes to include additional information, activities, and experiments aligned to the TEKS.
Course Notes are easy-to-use for both students and teachers. Students are able to add their own notes in text format or by using tablet camera functions to attach photographs. All notes are local to the device, so once the app has been downloaded, all course notes and student notes are accessible without an Internet connection. Links to external resources, however, continue to require Internet access. Effective student tools yield many benefits for teachers. While students use DynaNotes apps, teachers are freed to do more.