All Blog Posts Tagged 'biology' (8)

Biology Educators Network Gains Partnership

A couple of years ago a few of my digital friends and I brought this space to life: The Synapse. A week later I wrote about it here. The site derives its origin directly from a frustrating discussion in the Twittersphere between biology… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on October 2, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Mainstreaming environmental education in K12 science

Over the past ten or so years, I've been working at bringing a more environmental approach to my high school science classes, while still engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math with appropriate rigor.

I'd like to share some of the things that are working for me, and I'm curious about the experiences teachers of younger students have with teaching science to their age groups. I'm curious - can we imagine a way to create an educational experience for students that… Continue

Added by Ken Wells on August 25, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

When The Classroom Lacks Walls

How do you see to it that your classroom studies are authentic? I'm a fan of immersion. For the past decade my Midwestern Marine Biology class has included a week long field study to the coral reefs and mangrove communities of either The Bahamas or the Florida Keys. This field study is conducted with chartered sailing yachts as a base of operations. This allows the maximum amount of time on and in the water. Many of my students make their first trip to any ocean as a member of this… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on May 1, 2010 at 10:55am — No Comments

Connected Marine Biology Students Host Public Movie Screening

The problem

According to NOAA, over half of the population of the United States lives within 50 miles of the coastline. This trend holds up over the vast majority of the world, and many countries in East Asia show an even greater build… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on October 2, 2009 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Spheres of Influence

How fun is this?

Three years ago I moved into a position of instructional coach for my building. The majority of my days are now spent as a content-generalist coach focused on helping teachers improve pedagogical skills. Our opt-in model keeps the conversation focused on one thing: pedagogy as opposed to content. This is a very smart model for honing in on the “P” sphere of Mishra & Koehler’s TPACK framework. However,… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on July 6, 2009 at 12:22pm — 2 Comments

Tree-Dwelling Octopuses Prompt Media Literacy Discussion

What do the concepts of biology, media literacy, and April Fool's Day have in common? Potentially... quite a bit, in fact. Actually, it seems cephalopods of all sorts have been getting my attention as of late.

Today's lesson in Principles of Biology was essentially: pay attention.

Students were directed to a teacher-led discussion prompt and associated website on the "… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on April 1, 2009 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

The Octopus Gets Due Respect

My last post was a highlight of a train wreck of a children's book. The conversation in the comments section was all about media literacy. If you know me, you know that I don't like to dwell long on things negative. And thus- this post was published.

Regardless of your take on The Septapus, I have felt the need for a review of a really super piece of children’s literature since publishing that post. I guess I just feel the need… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on March 21, 2009 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Web Adventures on Toolbar!

These web adventures as they're called by Rice University are interactive games about science in the following areas:


CSI: The Experience

Infectious Disease

Solve Medical Mysteries

Alcohol & Alcoholism

Solve an Alcohol-related… Continue

Added by Ellen on March 14, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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