At Penda, we take science learning and student engagement seriously. That’s why our digital science curriculum provides both without compromise. Our activities are hand-aligned to NGSS and state standards and delivered on a gamified platform that incorporate the motivational aspects of gaming to enhance the learning experience.

Gamification techniques, such as points, badges, and leaderboards, are seamlessly integrated into the curriculum to motivate and reward students for their progress.

What’s the Difference Between an Education Game and a Gamified Curriculum?

Educational digital games and digital science curricula with gamification embedded share a common goal of engaging students in the learning process, but they differ significantly in their approach and purpose. Educational digital games are designed primarily for entertainment, with learning as a secondary goal. Gamified curricula, like Penda, make learning the top priority and leverage the mechanics and principles of games to engage students both emotionally and intellectually.

How Penda Supports Student Engagement & Learning

How Penda Supports Student Engagement & Learning How Penda Supports Student Engagement & Learning How Penda Supports Student Engagement & Learning

Proven Pedagogy

Penda puts cutting-edge pedagogy front and center, employing Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Levels to expand a student’s skill set. Penda’s rigorous activities have been shown to literally forge new neural pathways in the brain.

The inquiry-based 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) is also employed to help students build a foundation for knowledge and deepen their understanding through active participation.

Supporting Mastery, Step by Step

Penda uses Piaget’s concept of scaffolding by allowing a student to access prior knowledge up front, which then motivates the student to complete the activity and move on through higher levels of cognitive complexity. Activities are not timed, allowing students to move at their own pace and without anxiety. Scaffolding also ensures that students with learning challenges and language barriers have the same opportunities for success.

Our scaffolding system also speaks to Vygotsky’s Zones of Proximal Development, offering students experiences and challenges that expand their emotional and intellectual reach to encourage new skill-building and growth.

Empowering Students to Take Charge of Their Learning

Students learn best when they are engaged and in a state of “flow,” where challenge and skill are in equilibrium.

When students choose, students learn: Penda activities ask students to make choices on the fly, which enhances learning and retention.

Intrinsic Motivation

Tap into Students’ Intrinsic Motivation

Avatars, points, rewards, and challenges aren’t just for fun, they engage students emotionally and cognitively. Students also choose friends from their school or class to challenge within their Penda World, which nurtures healthy academic competition and camaraderie.

Engage Students in Inquiry-Based Learning

Students’ first build their knowledge of scientific concepts with Penda’s activities. Then, abstract concepts are brought to life with interactive simulations. Students can not only visualize the concepts they’ve learned but are given the opportunity to form and test their own hypotheses, thereby deepening their knowledge.

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Distance Learning? Penda Travels!

Immediate Feedback... Without Direct Instruction

Empower students to maintain their learning momentum, even in the absence of a teacher, with Penda's integrated feedback system. As students advance in their continuous learning journey, Penda serves as a valuable teaching assistant, especially in distance learning scenarios. Through scaffolded activities, Penda offers helpful hints, tips, and "my progress" reports, bolstering educational settings where it may be challenging for educators to deliver constant direct instruction.

Support Independent Student Learning

Penda is 100% digital so students can learn at school, at home, or anywhere with an internet connection. When you have teacher vacancies, out-of-field teachers, and subs, Penda keeps science learning going by auto-assigning gamified activities that are standards-aligned AND custom aligned to your district’s science scope and sequence. As students work through activities, they receive immediate feedback and support to help them build their mastery without direct instruction.

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