Episode 061: Designing an NGSS Storyline with Kate Henson


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Today we have Kate Henson from Inquiry Hub walk us through the steps of designing an NGSS storyline. She then tells us of the free NGSS high school biology units available on iHub and other opportunities for teachers offered by Inquiry Hub. (And a chemistry unit on its way!)

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Show Highlights

  • 01:30 - 10:00     Introduction to Kate and Inquiry Hub
  • 10:00 - 13:30     Moving from storylines to lesson plans
  • 13:30 - 16:00     Free biology and chemistry curriculum available on the Inquiry Hub website
  • 16:00 - 19:30     Professional development with Inquiry Hub
  • 20:30 -...
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Episode 035: Meet a Wildlife Biologist: Tyus D. Williams


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Wildlife biologist Tyus D. Williams shares with us his research on sea turtles, and jaguars. We also learn about the challenges and obstacles he faced in becoming a scientist. And indirectly, there are many connections to the NGSS 5 innovations that highlight the value of NGSS designed teaching.

Note: Tyus has asked to acknowledge and correct two mistakes made during his statements in this episode:

1. Statement: Felids are apex predators in almost every major biome.

Correction: Felids can be found in every biome on Earth and many are apex predators utilizing resources from ocean and freshwater systems as well. They are also found throughout Alaska and Canada, where some parts of the geography veer into the Arctic circle. An example of this species would be the Canada lynx.

2. Statement: There are 47 cat species.

Correction: There are 38-40 species of wild...

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Episode 034: Skype a Scientist and Squids with Sarah McAnulty


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Meet the founder of Skype a Scientist, Sarah McAnulty! In this episode Sarah tells us all about how Skype a Scientist began and her PhD work with Hawaiian bobtail squids. Find out how to participate in Skype a Scientist and learn some fascinating facts about cephalopods.

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Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 04:30    Introduction to Sarah and Skype a Scientist
  • 05:00 - 07:30    How teachers can help Skype a Scientist succeed
  • 08:00 - 13:00    What resources Skype a Scientist provides for teachers
  • 13:15 - 22:00    Sarah's research on Hawaiian bobtail Squid & bio-luminescence
  • 22:00 - 23:30    How Sarah became a scientist
  • 24:00 - 26:30    Misconceptions about squid & the difference between...
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Episode 024: Improving Photosynthesis with Dr. Steven Burgess





Meet plant biologist, Dr. Steven Burgess. In this episode Dr. Burgess talks about his research in improving photosynthesis to increase crop yields. He also tells us about important skills needed to be a scientist which he believes are important skills for everyone. Are we teaching these skills in our NGSS classrooms? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:30 - 08:25    Learn about Steven's work with the RIPE lab
  • 06:30 - 11:45    Computational modeling and genetic modification
  • 12:15 - 13:30    How does this impact global warming? 
  • 15:30 - 19:00    How Steven got involved with this research
  • 19:30 - 23:55    Chlorophyll and light absorption
  • 24:30 - 29:30    Skills Steven thinks students need to pursue careers in...
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