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Comment by Penny Collins on January 25, 2011 at 7:24am

The exercise went quite well, although I think only 2/3rds of the students availed themselves of the videos, but it was a useful resource for those who wanted to use them. Shame the GATTACA has been taken down from youtube.

I find excellent when doing DNA replication or transcription/translation.

Comment by Gerald Carey on January 25, 2011 at 7:13am

Interesting Penny. How did it go?

There are so many really good videos around these days - it has been an explosion over the last few years.

To think I used to be happy with colour overheads....

Comment by Penny Collins on January 25, 2011 at 6:53am

I get my students to view a video online (or two) to formulate their HAE issue. Read more


Comment by Penny Collins on January 15, 2011 at 2:49am

I have a blog "A teachers adventures through cyberspace" where I blog about ICT in education and resources. Feel free to stop by and if you feel it is of value, share it with your colleagues.

If you put "biology" in the search box you find blog posts specific to biology.

Comment by Gerald Carey on November 13, 2010 at 5:58am
Hey folks. The year is over here in SA and during this time I try to think of new approaches to teaching Biology.
Check out this video from TED talks:

It's about maths BUT I like his idea of using photos as a starting point for discussion and problem solving. I think it might work for Biology. For example, showing a picture of a person with two different coloured irises, and as Danny does, ask what do you want to know about this photo. I thought it might be a good lead into protein synthesis and mutations.
Any thoughts?
Comment by Gerald Carey on November 13, 2010 at 5:52am
Yeah, nice site Russel.
Not a lot of resources there yet but worth keeping an eye on.
Comment by Sharon Padget on June 11, 2010 at 8:29am
thanks! :-0)
Comment by Gerald Carey on June 11, 2010 at 3:41am
Feel free - I guess I see this pln as an opportunity to share such gems.
Comment by Sharon Padget on June 10, 2010 at 10:58am
Kudos to you for sticking with it!!! I teach freshman now after 15 years of upper classman. May I steal your idea? :-0)
Comment by Gerald Carey on June 10, 2010 at 6:05am
Well I better post SOMETHING!
Ok, the other day I was helping my Senior (Year 12) Biology revise for the Cells Unit we do over here in South Australia.
This unit covers a number of topics such as: Cell Theory, Surface Area/Volume ratio; Prokaryotes/Eukaryotes; cell structures; movement of materials in to and out of cells; energy in cells; evolution of cells and cloning.
So, I got them into groups of four or less and asked them to draw the outline of a big animal cell on poster-sized paper.
I then took them through the initial part of the curriculum and asked them to summarise it visually on the poster.
They were initially reluctant but eventually got into it. I made sure each member was adding something to the poster and then we just added more and more ideas until, eventually, virtually the whole unit was on the poster paper.
The final product was fantastic - and, with some difficulty, I then photocopied each part onto A3 size paper and gave each member of the group a copy.
The were focussed (mostly) and there was a lot of discussion about how to represent each concept.
Very pleasing and worthwhile.

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