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WHAT IS ENSIWEB ?
This is a collection of classroom lessons to help high school biology teachers more effectively teach basic concepts in the areas of evolution and the nature of science. They were developed and tested during nine years of summer institutes by biology teachers from across the nation.
SITE INTEGRITY is maintained through the oversight by the three co-directors of ENSI :
Dr. Jean Beard (Biology Ed.)
Dr. Craig E. Nelson (Biology)
Dr. Martin Nickels (Anthropology)
and continuous feedback from the many ENSI and SENSI teachers, professors and other users of this site. Check the People section for photos and bios of these people.
We are especially grateful to theNational Science Foundation for funding these institutes over the years and for extending that funding to the development and maintenance of this web site (NSF/ TPE : 88-555-60 and 90-555-85 to Indiana University, and 91-552-59 to San Jose State University). We are also grateful to Indiana University for allowing us the use of their web server to make this material freely available to teachers.
NEWS, CHANGES, ADDITIONS
THE FOLLOWING NOTICES WERE POSTED BY LARRY FLAMMER
We have deleted some whose relevance has expired
The Nature of Science at Work
New tool for teaching climate change:
PowerPoint presentation showing
powerful evidence for
how most atmospheric CO2
comes from burning fossil fuels.
27 January 2017
DARWIN DAY IS COMING
February 12 – Darwin’s birthday – is coming soon. Plan to have your classes celebrate this day in several special ways. Click here for suggestions
12 January 2017
1. Exciting new alternative to our Skulls Lab : developed and tested by two talented biology teachers in New Orleans, inviting teachers and students to “Be a Paleontologist for a Day.”
2. The ENSI Chronology Lab completely updated : where students plot the fossil discoveries of our hominin history, with new instructions, new data tables, and a new chronology chart to plot.
3. Dinosaur Evolution : (nowhere near human evolution!) If you plan to be in the SF Bay Area March 4th, plan to attend the UCMP Short Course at UC Berkeley: New look at old bones, new insights on dinosaur growth, development and diversity. See details here.
ADDITIONS TO Footsteps in Time ( Laetoli ) :
Under EXTENSIONS and VARIATIONS :
9. HHMI BioInteractive activity (based on our topo trackway ): “Human Feet Are Strange”
10. BREAKING NEWS: New Footprints from Laetoli
11. DEEPER CHALLENGE: was there a fourth individual.
19 November 2016
Astrology Update : An excellent and convenient resource on astrology can be found on the Center for Inquiry (CSI) website.
The article “Does Astrology Need to Be True? A Thirty Year Update” by Geoffrey Dean appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of the Skeptical Inquirer magazine, pp. 38-45. This article would be most helpful if you help your students to deal with pseudosciences , e.g., astrology and homeopathy (discussed in the student e-text
Science Surprises: Exploring the Nature of Science – the 4th dimension of NGSS ).
Science Denial: In that same issue (and also available on the CSI website) is the article “A Skeptical Response to Science Denial” by John Cook. The author points out ” Science denial has significant consequences . AIDS denial caused over 300,000 deaths in South Africa. Vaccination denial has allowed preventable diseases to make a comeback. Climate science denial helped delay sorely needed mitigation policies, committing us to direr climate impacts for decades to come.” (Emphasis added). Reading this article would be most helpful as you encounter students who deny evolution, climate change, and vaccinations. See our e-text Science Surprises: Exploring the Nature of Science for more information on dealing with science denial.
23 July 2016
HAVE YOU HEARD OF
This is a growing field,
becoming a part of the training for
medical professionals across the country.
HERE IS ANOTHER REASON FOR
ESPECIALLY HUMAN EVOLUTION,
AND TEACHING IT EFFECTIVELY
Click HERE for more information on
Then, make some room in your evolution unit
for including lessons on human evolution
You owe it to any prospective doctors, nurses
and other public health providers in your classes.
You also owe it to all of your students,
as prospective patients.
Note: the NGSS include important basic standards
for evolution.But there is nothing about human evolution.However , nothing prevents using human evolution to meet those standards.
EXCELLENT TOOLS for
11′ each). 2012 (added 2016). Gold Medal Film, highly rated by NABT , available from NSTA .
Evolution as Fact AND Theory : Discussion of why evolution can be presented as both fact (reality) AND theory. Spin-off from EVO Teacher Guide.
Evidence of Evolution : Links to the many examples of evolution.
SPECIAL NOTICE – URGENT
Evo 101 Workshop for Science Educators
Friday June 17th, 2016 Austin, Texas
8:30am – 4 pm Austin Convention Center
Morning Session : The Secret Life of Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds
Afternoon Session: Declawing the Dinosaurs: Lowering Teacher Anxiety about Evolution in the Science Classroom
Evening Session: Carl Zimmer: The Surviving Branch: How Genomes Are Revealing The Twisted Course of Human Evolution
21 April 2016
Gold Medal Film on Evolution
The National Center for Science Education and Hummingbird Films has a special offer for teachers at Title 1 middle and high schools – a free copy of the DVD EVO . This film takes you through the top 10 questions everyone should ask about evolution. The American Biology Teacher magazine called Evo a “must-have. a picture book of evolution, crammed with remarkable images and well-known narrators.”
What else will you receive?
When you sign up to receive the Evo DVD, you’ll be signed up for NCSEteach , the teacher network of the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit organization devoted to defending the integrity of science education. NCSEteach members gain access to scientists for their classrooms, vetted materials and professional development opportunities. Supplies of the DVDs are limited, so it is first-come first-serve, but membership in NCSEteach is not limited! This is a non-transferable offer, although if you want to recommend a science teacher colleague at your school, please send his/her name and e-mail address to us. Sign up now!
And, a Teachers Guide for this video is
available from NSTA for $15.95
29 January 2016
SEE OUR ANNUAL REPORT for 2015
Including two 31 December Announcements there:
HHMI-BioInteractive’s New Lesson:
HUMAN FEET ARE STRANGE
The Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibit:
EXPLORING HUMAN ORIGINS
14 January 2016
Announcing the 2016 Evolution Film Festival
and Video Contest!
Scientists and science educators of all stripes — students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators — are invited to enter the Sixth Annual Evolution Video Competition , sponsored by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute ( HHMI ), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.
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