Category Archives: Instructional technology

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

Posted in Engaging students, Instructional technology, Science in art | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Engaging students, Instructional technology, Study skills, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Engaging students, Instructional technology, Study skills, Teaching, Vine | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Giraffe Nerves and Clean Water: Two Videos I Like

I came across two YouTube videos recently that have nothing to do with one another except that (1) they could be useful to biology teachers and (2) they caught my attention recently. Without further ado, I’ll share … First, a … Continue reading

Posted in Engaging students, Evolution, Instructional technology, Just for fun, Learning at home, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Connecting Biology to the Olympics

Thanks to my friend Michael Windelspecht at Ricochet Science for pointing out that ASAP Science has been posting YouTube videos relating biology to the Olympics. The ASAP Science videos are brief and fun-to-watch, and they present content supported by research. … Continue reading

Posted in Active learning, Engaging students, Evolution, Instructional technology, Just for fun, Science news, Teaching | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Learning Through (Digital) Play

written by matthew taylor College students love playing games  Once when I was a freshman, my roommate and I came back to the dormitory from Introductory Zoology class, unlocked the door, and found four of our friends playing on our … Continue reading

Posted in Active learning, Engaging students, Instructional technology, Teaching | Tagged | 1 Comment

The Incredibly Stretchy Condom: A Lab Success Story

In my nonmajors biology class, our first lab of the semester is about the process and tools of science. Students get to practice with hypothesis-testing, the elements of an experiment, showing data in graphs, and metric units of measure. The … Continue reading

Posted in Active learning, Assignments, Collaboration, Engaging students, Instructional technology, Laboratory activities, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Don’t Assume That Technology Enhances Learning

Educational technology is on the rise. In the last decade, investments in EdTech companies have skyrocketed, totaling over 1 billion dollars in 2012. As a result, instructors are faced with a steady stream of new technology tools to use in … Continue reading

Posted in Instructional technology, Teaching | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

I just learned that the National Human Genome Research Institute sponsors a Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms. The glossary is available as a free app, which you can find at the Education page at genome.gov. I spent some time with … Continue reading

Posted in Active learning, Assessment, Assignments, Concept mapping, Engaging students, Instructional technology, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Engaged Learning with Fakebook

Have you ever heard of Fakebook? It is a neat site that allows you to make a fake, Facebook-like page about anything you’d like. Then you can add pictures, profile information, comments, and friends. When I stumbled upon this site … Continue reading

Posted in Assignments, Engaging students, Instructional technology | Tagged , , | 1 Comment