hit counter joomla

teaching

Category archives for teaching

Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics) shared this wonderful Lady Gaga lab spoof on Twitter the other day. It rocks. And, it makes me wonder if my pals who’ve been thinking about getting students interested in careers by having scientists talk on camera might be going at this the wrong way. Sure, videos of scientists talking are totally…

When I was a post-doc, I spent a few months seriously thinking about changing careers and teaching high school. I might have followed through on that plan, too, but I didn’t know how to pay for it. Today, if you have a background in science, technology, math, or engineering, you can retrain to become a…

If you have a little time, the Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor will be presenting some really interesting workshops on neuroscience and genetics. The dates are: Nov. 5, 2009: Inside Cancer – workshop on teaching cancer; Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ Nov. 6, 2009: Genes To Cognition – workshop on teaching…

A friend of mine; serial entrepreneur, and former president of Genetic Systems; Joe Ashley, told me once that starting a business is an unnatural act. Now that I’ve done it, I agree. Even with my multiple back-up plans, possible grants, and part-time activities, my stomach still hurts and my mind is racing. My new company…

My husband brought this fantastic book home from the ASHG* that I think many of you will find interesting. The book is: Making the Right Moves A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, published in 2006 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. You can download the…

Teachertube looks and works much like YouTube, but you’re much less likely to run across videos that Not Safe For the Classroom. All of these videos are made by students and teachers. According to the Dallas News, there are 54,000 videos on the site already and 800,00 visitors every day. I especially enjoyed watching Abbot…

It’s funny but even though I work with data on a regular basis, I can’t always predict the best way to manage data until I have my own data to manage. My classroom wiki site is no exception. Now, that I’ve been seriously using a wiki with my class, I’ve found that I should have…

There’s no question that the ability to work with information is one that will be required and valued for a long time to come. I think it’s imperative for teachers to have students practice this skill whenever an opportunity comes about. The problem for many teachers is finding the time to identify good data sets.…

Wikis and web browsers

In our last episode, I wrote about embedding Google forms in my classroom wiki pages. Recently, we’ve been working on a project where students enter results into a Google Docs spreadsheet, via our classroom wiki. All the students were able to enter their results. Except for one.

This quarter, I’m using a wiki with my bioinformatics class and posting sometimes about the things that I learn. Two things I’ve been experimenting with are: Setting up pages for individual students so they can take notes while they’re working. Embedding a Google form into one of my wiki pages for student assessment.