Category Archives: Instructional technology

Boost your evolution IQ: An evolution misconceptions game

A guest post by Matt Taylor Last Spring, Mariëlle and I spent some time reading education articles about student struggles learning evolution. In particular, we were interested in which misconceptions about evolution students might bring to introductory biology classes. We … Continue reading

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Help for Students Struggling with Radiometric Dating

A guest post by Matt Taylor A little over a year ago, I developed an instructional video that aims to help students understand evolutionary trees (and we wrote a post about it here). Several months later, Mariëlle updated me on the … Continue reading

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Help for Students Struggling with Evolutionary Trees

Introductory biology students have a lot of trouble reading evolutionary trees. On last fall’s final exam, I picked up an image that I found online (see right; it is figure 15 in this article), labeled the species in it, and asked … Continue reading

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YouTube PowerPoint Lectures for Flipping the Classroom

A guest post by Matt Taylor Interested in flipping your classroom? Or how about just providing some at-home help for struggling students? One way to encourage students to learn at home is to post lectures on YouTube. Don’t worry; you … Continue reading

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Active Learning Using “Preserving Biodiversity” Infographics

A guest post by Matt Taylor As I mentioned in a couple of previous posts, I spent some of my free time this summer developing graphics on the topic preserving biodiversity. I have now completed eight graphics, as well as … Continue reading

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Brainstorming about Human Movements

Regular readers know I’m a sucker for attractive, thought-provoking videos. I just found this one, called Thousands of Years of Human Migration in Five Minutes. When I saw the title I expected to see humanity spreading across a map of … Continue reading

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Preserving Biodiversity Infographics: Endangered Taxa and the Effects of Pollution

A guest post by Matt Taylor A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog post introducing the Preserving Biodiversity Infographics that I’m developing this summer. All of these graphics accompany the content in the Preserving Biodiversity chapter of Hoefnagels Biology textbooks. … Continue reading

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Using Graphics to Teach: Introducing “Preserving Biodiversity Infographics”

A guest post by Matt Taylor I am taking a graphic design class this summer as part of my Master’s in Educational Technology program at Boise State University. The project-based course is teaching me to create graphics for education. Mine … Continue reading

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Laptops for Note-Taking? Doonesbury and Psychologists Weigh In

The Doonesbury strip for June 8 hit on something I was reading about just yesterday. In the strip, a college professor complains to a class full of distracted students about what he calls “your tragic faith in the efficacy of … Continue reading

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Stop-motion Biology Definitions: A Survey

Have you heard of Vine? It’s a Twitter app that allows users to record 6-second, looping videos and upload them to Vine and other media, like YouTube and Facebook. We are considering building short stop-motion Vine videos to define the glossary … Continue reading

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