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Exploring Bioethics - A New Model for
Classroom Instruction
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on March 26, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Liz Crane, High School Teacher from Brookline HS in Massachusetts. Ms. Crane has extensive experience with the curriculum created by NIH and EDC and gave participants an overview of some of the curriculum modules.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


This is the first of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the NIH: Exploring Bioethics – A New Model for Classroom Instruction Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans, LA. In this program, Liz Crane presented specific examples of the NIH and EDC developed curriculum for teaching bioethics in the high school classroom. Participants responded to a variety of prompts used with students and discussed the pedagogy for using the curriculum with their students.


Twenty-seven (27) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.


Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I can use this information ...esp. the idea of sticky notes on the board for interactive discussions.”
  • “Great ideas on engaging students in worthwhile discussions!”
  • “The content gave me some insight on how to bring the topic of bioethics into my classroom.”
  • “I learned a lot of new perspectives in regards to Bioethics.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org


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Underwritten in part by the National Institutes of Health.