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Darwin Correspondence Project

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In the biology stage 6 syllabus students study Darwin in the topic: Blueprint of life. This site provides excellent information that allows students to examine the correspondence of Charles Darwin and describes his life and his work and how he became the famous scientist he is today. It provides background information, resources for students and teachers and links to other sites. Letters and historical information are grouped into the topics of Darwin and science, religion, ecology, gender and geology. Transcripts of letters show the processes undertaken by Darwin as he developed the theory of evolution, and the extensive range of contacts he used to discuss his ideas. This is an excellent resource for those wishing to do an in-depth study of Charles Darwin. It is an invaluable source of information, not only about his intellectual development and social network, but about Victorian science and society in general. It gives students a greater understanding about the basics of the evolutionary theory, and the research of Darwin. 

Teachers can give students this site to make a porfolio on the life of Darwin as a research task or an external assignment.

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Cloning Fact Sheet

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In section 5 of blueprints there is a dot point focusing on using secondary sources to describe a methodology used in cloning.  This is an amazing resource full of factual information that students can view as their secondary source. It is from the National human genome research institute - therefore the source itself is very reliable. It is separated into various sections from a brief description, things that have been cloned to methodologies used in a form of a fact sheet.

It also provides students with visual diagrams – which would help to aid students who are more visual in there learning. As you go across to different hyperlinks it gives you current research and the development of cloning. This can aid as an extension for students who want to learn more about cloning and also will help their understanding of cloning all together.

It also provides students on videos on the human genome project and interactive animations, which should all work to aid in the students understanding of cloning.

The website also outlines the potential impact of using cloning – which relates to dot point 3. It is a very versatile website that students can use to get extra information regarding current reproductive technologies and genetic engineering.

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Peppered Moth Simulation

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Simulate changes in moth population due to pollution and predation, and observe how species can change over time. Uses a shockwave program where students play a bluebird trying to survive by eating moths in a forest.
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This resource provides information to teachers and students about Kettlewells experiment and it runs a simulation of natural selection. The site begins by explaining Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution by natural selection.  It then goes on to focus on Kettlewell. The website has a stimulation that gives students information on the life cycle of peppered moths, pollution and peppered moths, Kettlewells tests and then has a game that students can play that models natural selection. This can be implemented as a research task for students, as the website also comes with questions that students must answer. Through this information you can ask students to model another example of evolution by natural selection.  The simulation gives tables, graphs and percentages, which target numeracy. This is good because it gives a visual depiction with the assistance of percentages.  This also shows how ICT can help in pedagogy as . This is a positive point as laptops can be beneficial for learning as studies from Fitch (2004), Partee (1996) and Stephens, (2005) (as cited in Fried, 2008) states that:  “laptops can facilitate faculty-student interactions and in-class participation, thus increasing engagement and active learning” (p. 907).

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communicating at an unknown rate

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This website is perfect in demonstrating a range of biochemical processes. It has an excellent amount of animations that can be used to visually demonstrate the structures of Amino acid, proteins and DNA structures, evolution. The graphics are highly accurate and very detailed, and most of them are accompanied with clear and simple explanations. 

It can be utilized as an aid for teachers to help students understand and have something for students to look at visually when going through explanations. This is helpful as many students are visual learners and it will help students that come from a NESB who may struggle with oral and written forms of information. The page is set out well and can be also be used to reinforce information that students have already learnt about in the previous topic of “patterns in nature.” The use of animations create interest from the homepage onwards.

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Test understanding of synthesis pathways with mutant Neurospora :: DNA from the Beginning

Problem in Concept 16: One gene makes one protein, DNA from the Beginning.
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This website is perfect for a Beadle and Tatum research task. As one of the dot points is to look at secondary sources to outline the evidence that lead to beadle and tatum’s  “ one gene- one protein” hypothesis to explain why this was altered to “one gene-one polypeptide” hypothesis. This website is really interactive and releases information little by little with a lot of visual. This is suited for high-level achievers and lower leveled achievers as it can be used as a recap or even as an intro into the topic. The website provides students with the concept, animation, gallery, video, biology involved, problems and other useful links. Students can work as pairs to conduct research. This is great because group work can be a very effective pedagogical strategy.  The website also involves a problem based activity that students can conduct. This would be really useful because it is another way that students can test their understanding / can reinforce what they have learnt/ can show you as the teacher if the students have been focusing on the work.

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