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Yesterday, I wrote about students using science blogging as a way to develop an on-line portfolio and document their skills.  One friend wrote me this morning and asked if my instructions to our students were really as simple as I described. Well, no. In fact, it wasn’t easy to persuade my colleagues that we should…

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…

Experimenting with on-line worksheets I know some people who always teach their classes the same way, semester after semester, year after year.. Not me. I always want to experiment and try new things. This fall, I’m experimenting with using a wiki in the classroom, in addition to my blog. This wont be my first wiki…

HealthMap is a great site that could be an excellent resource when teaching a biology, microbiology, or health class. Not to mention, I can picture people using it before they travel somewhere or even just for fun. I learned about HealthMap awhile ago from Mike the Mad Biologist, but I didn’t get time to play…

I love using molecular structures as teaching tools. They’re beautiful, they’re easy to obtain, and working with them is fun. But working with molecular structures as an educators can present some challenges. The biggest problem is that many of the articles describing the structures are not accessible, particularly those published by the ACS (American Chemical…

The other day, I wrote that I wanted to make things easier for my students by using the kinds of software that they were likely to have on their computers and the kinds that they are likely to see in the business and biotech world when they graduate from college. More than one person told…

When in doubt, turn to the internet. In a couple of weeks, I’m going to start teaching my first on-line course. So far, I’ve been preparing by: learning how to use Blackboard getting a subscription to iFinch so we can do bioinformatics in style, and share data and other files getting a microphone and some…

Biology as a second-language: the immersion method Language teachers say the best way to learn a language is by total immersion and even better, spending time in the country where it’s spoken conversing with native speakers. See it, hear it, speak it, use it! Put yourself in a position where you must do these four…