A wonderful website on the history, key players and science behind vaccination. Providing clear science based information to the general public regarding the benefits of vaccination is critical given the current adoption rate of vaccination.
The animations are particularly well presented. I’ll definately be using the 'How Vaccines Work' animation in class. The animation gives a clear overview of the 3rd line defence and the development of immunity.
An excellent website created by DE in reviewing the structure and function of kidneys. This site describes active and passive transport processes in the kidney and details the stages in the removal of wastes from blood. kidneys-are-us.weebly.com
There has been so many times that I have had to explain these concepts in the context of running a good Scientific experiment. Inspired by obtaining a new LiveScribe pen I thought a ‘Pencast’ of the concept would prove useful.
A game created for the Digital Media and Learning Competition based upon cell biology. This game walks the player through a range of structures and functions of organelles within the cell, it is both very informative and addictive
The Melbourne Museum has created an excellent resource for both Junior Secondary Science and Higher Level Biology. This site provides clear information on the each of Geological Time Periods and a brief description of the important geological and evolutionary changes that took place during that time.
A fantastic resource by Leslie Samuel who has put an enormous amount of time and effort into a website containing very professional PowerPoints, videos and quizzes that present Biology in an interactive and interesting way.
A separate section of the page called 'Biology-1' is dedicated to introducing and explaining high school concepts. I have found these resources particularly useful as I have been gathering resources to teach Preliminary Biology for the New South Wales HSC.
Engaging students with Science that has relevance and generates interest takes time. I have found that actively strengthening my understanding and passion for Science has gone a long way to improving the way I teach.
RadioLab a production of New York Public Radio (WNYC) is often a companion as I travel to and from school. It fills my mind with current Scientific discovery and has provided me with so many talking points as I introduce new concepts to my Science classes.
After hearing an episode on Parasites I created a quick powerpoint to highlight to my biology class the complexity of Symbiotic relationships. Students were enthralled thinking that their minds may have been altered by a tiny parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Listen to the amazing podcast below.
Recently I have been finding myself taking something to ‘Show and Tell’ to my Biology class. Just last week I mounted a mosquito larvae on a slide under a microscope and highlighted the open circulatory system of invertebrates. Comments such as “who knew ….” and "look at the …." were flying thick and fast.
Using these ‘Show and Tell’ opportunities to activate learning and engage student’s minds has been amazingly encouraging for me to witness. Projecting the item from a digital microscope or hovercam immediately engages the students when they walk in the classroom. In these lessons the learning environment is so much richer, student’s minds kick into gear straight away and they actively seek answers to the item they are presented with.
Please let me know if you have a go at ‘Show and Tell’ or of any other ways in which you engage your students as they enter your learning space.
Science is so much more than a subject students take, meeting the requirements of course and learning the chemical symbols of the first 10 elements. Rather Science is a critical means of making sense of the world around us. My aim through this blog is to catalog strategies, resources and technologies Science teachers can use to inspire their students to be passionate learners. Even if the followers are few it will provide a forum for myself as a Secondary Science teacher to continue to develop my passion for both teaching and for Science.