Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: Pedagogical Implications Discussion 1

This web seminar took place on March 27, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Dr. Eric Lander, Founding Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Zipporah Miller, Associate Executive Director of Professional Programs and Conferences at NSTA; Susan Koba, author of NSTA Press book Hard to Teach Biology Concepts; and Anne Tweed, co-author of NSTA Press book Hard to Teach Biology Concepts.

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.

In this seminar Dr. Lander provided an overview of content covered in the MIT online course 7.00x Introduction to Biology — The Secret of Life. Ms. Miller talked about aligning course content to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Then Ms. Koba and Ms. Tweed introduced selected approaches from Hard to Teach Biology Concepts and discussed how participants of the MIT course can translate that content to the classroom.

Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. 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:

  • “The presenters did a great job and I can't wait to review the online resources and to check out the authors’ book. I like the fact that the presenters modeled what they preached – misconceptions!”
  • “I found the very organized approach to lesson planning most interesting and sensible.”
  • “It was great to see parts of the book. I will definitely purchase this and implement the strategies while planning lessons!”

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

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