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Ok. I’m taking a big jump into the public world. Lets face it, the transparency issue is scary for we educators. Grades, pressure, college, expectations, its all a big mess and influences educators whether we are honest or not. Bias runs deep. I’m a science guy and even trying to be objective, as easy as it tends for me to be, its hard for me to tell students – too bad, go ahead and cry, no retakes!

Its crunch time for seniors in Canada. Their Christmas exam and term grades are the primary determinants of getting into the university of choice. Like the pressure or not, its there. And even though this is not the reason for this post [I’d like to point out 3 in one day!] that it must be prevalent for me to post so naturally about it.

Whats the point?

Well, its my turn to open up a bit of work my own students have been doing. Quickly(?) summarized, research climate science questions [provided by me] collect and reference data using diigo, correlate and create their own class wiki.

I have two classes going head to head on this.

Be aware – they are still building. The learning curve was HIGH. Diigo was new. Making their own wiki and its pages was new. Adding content was new. The content was new to them. Links, tags, webslides, embedding, anchors its all new. Wow, thats almost a recipe for disaster!
The sites under construction are:

I guess I’m looking for observers to make these public wikis truly public. I want my students to feel scrutinized by more humans than just me. [And they barely view me as human]

Feel free to comment here, or better yet on any of the pages you may happen to visit. the feedback would wake them up. Real world stuff.

I’m hoping to follow through with a project asking them to create a video of the expected effects of climate change on North America. No opinions, just the science. We’ll make an attempt to represent to science accurately and proportionately.

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The very first issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach has been published a few days ago. It is getting a lot of press in the science blogosphere. I wanted to pass it on simply because the science sphere and the education sphere don’t necessarily mix. If you are a science, specifically biology teacher, you really need to browse the biologists that are currently blogging. I currently teach space and chemistry. The pickings are more slim – at least for the high school crowd. The chemistry tends to be over their heads.

However, the biology is certainly excellent for the high school crowd. There are quite a few university professors willing to tend the flock of younger students. I applaud them. I have a number linked on the right side. Check them out.

I would like to include the site called Genomicron of T.R. Gregory. He’s a professor at my alma mater – the University of Guelph in Guelph Ontario. He writes some really good stuff. I cannot claim to be a great critical analyst of his writings. I leave that upto Larry and PZ but they have good things to say. Gregory must agree with them!

However, check out the new evolution and education journal. Thats what it is for. Educators. Thats us!

SpringerLink – Journal Issue

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