Peergrade.io is a free website that allows teachers to provide a rubric for students to use assess peer assignments. The website allows teachers to see student assignments and the feedback they provide to their peers, while keeping everything anonymous for the students. Continue reading →
Investigating the effects of humans on the local school ecosystem using the Google Suite for Education with SNC1P students
Using the power of Google Forms and Sheets to create large datasets that allow for a rich analysis of student-collected inquiry data.
Students will fill out a Google Form on the ecosystem data that they collect, which will then be exported into a Google Sheet and analyzed so that students can see trends in their class’s dataset without much effort on either the student or teacher’s part. The students are empowered to analyze their own data while teacher is a guide on the side.
Basic biotechnology lab experiments involving the isolation, digestion and analysis of DNA are an exciting part of the modern biology curriculum. Today’s students are eager to learn about forensic investigations, DNA forensics and other biotechnology applications. This safety note discusses safety issues associated with forensic inquiry and biotechnology experiments. Continue reading →
Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they’re learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere. Continue reading →
This project started with a Bungee Barbie activity (this one was developed by Stephanie Minor, DSBN and translated into French by me). This activity was great, as it helped students develop skills in making predictions and measuring results of trials and making modifications based on those trials. Continue reading →
Less than a tenth the size of an ant, a dust mite’s whole world is contained in the dusty film under a bed or in a forgotten corner. This realm is right under our noses, but from our perspective, the tiny specks of brilliant color blend together into a nondescript grey. What are these colorful microscopic particles? Michael Marder explores the science of dust. Continue reading →
He was the king of food psychology, even influencing how American schools offer lunches to their students. So why has Dr. Brian Wansink fallen from grace? And what lessons can we learn about how scientific research should be conducted? And exactly who are “the data detectives”? Continue reading →