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The Biology Corner

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A biology resource site for teachers and students
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Biology corner is a website that provides lessons for teachers and teachers can create puzzles for students and there are worksheets and activities that teachers can use in the classroom as well. 

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ClassDojo for Teachers

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Classroom behavior affects a teacher's instructional time. If there is a class that misbehaves constantly, it takes longer for the teacher to get the class to settle down, which means less time is available for teaching. ClassDojo records student's behavior and the parents and students can look at their behavior record at any time. A teacher can update class behavior from a mobile device or laptop and can display these records on projectors. Having these records can help a student improve behavior and parents are more aware of what goes on in the classroom. 

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The Tech Savvy Science Teacher

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A blog following a science teacher's use of technology in her classroom.
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This science teacher's blog is a great website when it comes to finding new technology and how it works or how you can use it in the classroom. Sometimes its great to read someone's own experience with a technology tool before attempting to use it on your own or with little knowledge on how to use that technology. This teacher explains the tools that she has used and why they are great!

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Remind101 | Free and Safe Text Messaging for Teachers (Technology)

Remind101 | Free and Safe Text Messaging for Teachers (Technology) | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
A safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.
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I think remind 101 will be extremely useful in my classroom. I can send my students reminders of when things are due or when exams and quizzes are and its a quick way to keep in contact with parents without them having a hold of your personal phone  number, unless the schools provide cell phones for that sole purpose. With remind 101 students receive texts from the teachers but the students cannot text the teacher back, which is safe and does not break any kind of rule. This is a great piece of technology to use to be organized in the classroom. 

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Perspectives on Student Motivation, Learning, and Engagement During Biology Labs (Literature)

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This scientific article focuses on how students learn and are motivated during Biology lab. Several experiments are done involving different teachers and observing how they conduct labs and how students respond to the different ways that teachers conduct labs. This article is very interesting because it explains the different experiences that students go through when performing lab experiments and the article mentions what methods were effective for students learning and becoming engaged and what methods might not be effective. 

"Another way to address relevance is to have students generate their own ideas about the
relevance of the lab. A recent study showed that ninth grade students who write several sentences
at the end of the class period about how class activities apply to them are more motivated and
learn more than students who complete an unrelated writing task (Hulleman & Harackiewicz,
2009)." I enjoyed this tip for instructing a lab because it makes students reflect about the lab instead of having them fill out answers to questions without them having to think critically. 

 

Shumow, L., Schmidt, J. A., & Zaleski, D. J. (2013). Multiple Perspectives on Student Learning, Engagement, and Motivation in High School Biology Labs.The High School Journal, 96(3), 232-252.

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Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire (Instructional Resource)

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Yes, I have taken surveys on what type of learner I am probably more times than I can remember and as a student I didn't understand the importance of those surveys. As a teacher, its important to know in the beginning of what type of learners your students are. These surveys don't label the students 100% because not every student has one specific way of learning something. With learning style surveys it gives the teacher a general idea of how to give instruction and when to differentiate as well. 

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Taking Science to School ( Books and Literature)

Taking Science to School ( Books and Literature) | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
What is science for a child? How do children learn about science and how to do science? Drawing on a vast array of work from neuroscience to classroom observation, Taking Science to School provides a comprehensive picture of what we know about teaching and learning science from kindergarten through eighth grade. By looking at a broad range of questions, this book provides a basic foundation for guiding science teaching and supporting students in their learning. Taking Science to School answers such questions as: When do children begin to learn about science? Are there critical stages in a child's development of such scientific concepts as mass or animate objects? What role does nonschool learning play in children's knowledge of science? How can science education capitalize on children's natural curiosity? What are the best tasks for books, lectures, and hands-on learning? How can teachers be taught to teach science? The book also provides a detailed examination of how we know what we know about children's learning of science--about the role of research and evidence. This book will be an essential resource for everyone involved in K-8 science education--teachers, principals, boards of education, teacher education providers and accreditors, education researchers, federal education agencies, and state and federal policy makers. It will also be a useful guide for parents and others interested in how children learn.
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Duschl, R. A., Schweingruber, H. A., & Shouse, A. W. (2007). Taking science to school: learning and teaching science in grades K-8. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.

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TeachersPayTeachers.com - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources( Websites and Online Classrooms)

TeachersPayTeachers.com - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources( Websites and Online Classrooms) | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
TeachersPayTeachers.com -- 900,000+ free and priced teaching resources created by teachers for instant download including lesson plans, unit plans, novel
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teacherspayteachers.com is an open marketplace where teachers can sell, buy, or share their lesson plans and teaching resources. Though not everything is free, there are some great sources here and they break the subject areas down specifically so it is easy to find the material that you are searching for. Using this website does require a bit more searching especially if you do not want to pay much but this is a good website to find material if there is nothing available on other websites that have lesson plans and ideas. 

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Pearson - Learner-Centered Astronomy Teaching: Strategies for ASTRO 101 - Timothy F. Slater & Jeffrey P. Adams (Not exactly Biology but a great book for teaching science!)

Pearson - Learner-Centered Astronomy Teaching: Strategies for ASTRO 101 - Timothy F. Slater & Jeffrey P. Adams (Not exactly Biology but a great book for teaching science!) | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
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Though I have only been able to read a few chapters from this book, I can already tell that it will be extremely useful to me. Yes, its an astronomy book but the strategies that the book suggests can definitely be applied for biology! Chapter 5, which starts on page 40 gives great ideas and the do's and don'ts when it comes to Lecturing for Active Participating. The chapter discusses aspects of lecturing, one fact I found interesting was that " One classic study reported that only 66% of students showed signs of attention to lectures after 18 minutes and no students were completely attentive after 35 minutes" ( Adams and Slater 41). This book is simple and to the point and not wordy unlike other readings I have encountered. I like the ideas the authors have shared on ways to lecture and their collaborative learning activities. 

 

Slater, T. F., & Adams, J. P. (2003).Learner-centered astronomy teaching: strategies for ASTRO 101. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

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Corkboard! Post you questions and answers! (Instructional Resource)

Corkboard! Post you questions and answers! (Instructional Resource) | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
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In the classroom, I'm sure I will encounter some students who are very shy about answering a question or students that do not like to participate in discussions or maybe the starting up of a discussion might be difficult. Corkboard.me is a great way to initiate a question and answer session! A link will be provided to the students where they can use their mobile devices and they can respond anonymously to the question posted. Students can also post questions on their own that they have about the content being learned. This is a great way to assess how students are doing based on their responses given or on the questions they might have. With this resource, everyone has a chance to participate in the classroom and its more exciting than the regular " raise your hand if you have a question" way. 

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BrainPOP - Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science ( Instructional Resource)

BrainPOP - Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science ( Instructional Resource) | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
Animated Science, Health, Technology, Math, Social Studies, Arts & Music and English movies, quizzes, activity pages and school homework help for K-12 kids, aligned with state standards
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This resource is very useful in the classroom and what's great about it is that they provide fun videos for all subject areas. These brain pop videos follow along closely with whatever science topic is being covered. Students can use their own mobile devices to take quizzes after watching these videos. Students can also complete fun activities on this website as well. Brain pop videos serve as a quick and fun introduction/ guide to a lesson. What's great about these videos is that they are engaging and add a bit of humor that can engage students.

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Bioman Biology: The Fun Place to Learn Biology!

Bioman Biology: The Fun Place to Learn Biology! | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
Video computer games, virtual labs and activities for learning and reviewing biology content. Great for students and teachers.
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This website provides fun biology games over topics such as cell division, genetics, and ecology. To play the games you have to download the app through the website but it's free  :) 

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STUDYBLUE | Find and share online flashcards and notes from StudyBlue. Any subject, anywhere, anytime.

STUDYBLUE | Find and share online flashcards and notes from StudyBlue. Any subject, anywhere, anytime. | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
Find and study online flashcards and class notes at home or on your phone. Visit StudyBlue today to learn more about how you can share and create flashcards for free!
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Studyblue.com can be considered as a technology source but I view it as instructional as well. The students can go online and create their own flashcards and notes and study guides and share them with their classmates. As a teacher, I could set up folders for each unit and it is up to the class on what they would like to add and they can discuss with each other what they think is valuable and important information they need to know for tests and quizzes. 

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PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations ( Technology)

PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations ( Technology) | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
PowToon is a brand new presentation tool that allows you to create animated presentations and cartoon style videos just by dragging and dropping.
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Who wants to use powerpoint when there are better resources such as powtoon?! this technology is cloud based software where teachers can create animated presentations or videos using cartoons! I think this technology will engage students because teachers can make fun presentations that are different from boring and sometimes motionless powerpoint slides and images. I would use this tool to show my students animations over different biological processes and students can grasp a better understanding when you watch processes such as cell division or water cycles in action!

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Views on Blended Learning (Literature)

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This article focuses on the idea of blended learning which is integrating e-learning along with face-to-face instruction. This study was conducted in a 9th grade classroom during the second half of the school year. The students used the e tool Moodle for the internet based part of their biology class along with the regular class instruction time. The students were given instructions on how to access the website and they were given online homework assignments that they would discuss in class. I think this study was useful because as students now, we are using the blended model of learning by using D2L as our go to website where we can find our notes and assignments and we can turn in homework and take quizzes. 

 

Akbayin, H. (2012). High School Students Views on Blended Learning . Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education,13(4), 125-139.

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Quia - (Biology games and puzzles)

Quia Web allows users to create and share online educational activities in dozens of subjects, including Biology.
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Quia is a website where you can find games and puzzles and activities for students. It gives you the option to search in the Biology category and students can play matching games over mitosis and meiosis for example, and there are other activities such as word searches that can help students remember vocabulary. 

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CASES Online: Creating Active Student Engagement in the Sciences ( Instructional Resource)

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In the biology classroom, students are required to read case studies or articles and analyze them and write essays or opinions based on what they read. This website is a great resource on finding those case studies. There are search options where the studies are grouped by branches of science and grade levels. This is a useful instructional resource for the classroom and helps students with their reading and they can think about relating biology to real life situations! 

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NABT National Association of Biology Teachers

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The national biology teachers association is a website where biology teachers go to find information on the field and they can connect with other biology teachers around the country. Teachers can find resources for their classroom and they can stay up to date on the latest information in teaching science. 

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Share My Lesson - Free K-12 Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources( Websites and Online Classrooms)

Share My Lesson - Free K-12 Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources( Websites and Online Classrooms) | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
Find and share teacher resources for K-12 teachers and engage with the largest online community of educators in the world.
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sharemylesson is a website created by teachers and for teachers! teachers can upload lessons and any type of teaching materials. You can search for any biology topic or even find material or ideas for lessons by grades as well. If you find something you like you can follow the teacher that posted a resource and ask them questions or add on any ideas to make lesson plans better. I think this will be extremely useful in case there are times when I need an idea for a lesson or to find a way of delivering content differently. 

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Online Classroom

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Covers topics seen in a first year college or high school biology course.
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The Khan Academy is a fairly popular online classroom/ school where anyone around the world can access lessons taught by teachers online and the best part is that its free! Khan Academy is useful for both students and teachers. Students can use this for further understanding, if they are confused on a particular subject area and teachers can refer to Khan Academy for additional information in teaching and they can see how the online instructors deliver their teaching. 

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CELLS alive! Puzzles and games

CELLS alive! Puzzles and games | Juliana's Biology E-toolbox | Scoop.it
Download interactive animations for use in the classroom.
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Cells alive! Is a website that contains puzzles of types of cells that students can out together while learning about the organelles and where to find them. This website also provides crossword puzzles that are good for vocabulary practice and there are  also interactive clips and quizzes for students to look at as well. 

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Home - BioEd Online

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BioEd offers a wealth of science resources - including news, online courses, lessons, videos and digital slides - for educators, students, parents and lifelong learners!
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Bioed online is an online website that works as a resource for biology teachers. It provides biology news, guides for certain topics and ideas for lessons as well as videos , slide shows that provide content that can be used as supplemental material that a teacher can use for their lesson. 

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