Story telling in the classroom lilly conference presentation 2014 1hr session copy 3

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Story telling in the classroom lilly conference presentation 2014 1hr session copy 3

  1. 1. The Call of the Story: Innovative Approaches in STEM Classrooms Karobi Moitra PhD CBL Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology Trinity Washington University Lilly Conference, Bethesda 30th May 2014
  2. 2. Learning is not a spectator sport! Students need to get involved in their own learning
  3. 3. What are the instructional strategies that get students involved?
  4. 4. BIOL 241- Introductory genetics A Case Study in story telling
  5. 5. MULTIMEDIA LEARNING •PPT PRESENTTIONS •DESIGNING A WEBSITE PAPER CRITIQUE WRITING •TERM PAPER •CASE STUDIES •EXAMS •QUIZZES FUN GENETICS JEOPARDY LECTURES STORY-TELLING FUN MOVIES MULTIMEDIA TEACHING •YOU TUBE VIDEOS •DVD’S INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES USED IN BIOL 241 PBL GROUP PROBLEM SOLVING CASE STUDIES DISCUSSION
  6. 6. MULTIMEDIA LEARNING •PPT PRESENTTIONS •DESIGNING A WEBSITE PAPER CRITIQUE WRITING •TERM PAPER •CASE STUDIES •EXAMS •QUIZZES FUN GENETICS JEOPARDY LECTURES STORY-TELLING FUN MOVIES MULTIMEDIA TEACHING •YOU TUBE VIDEOS •DVD’S INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES USED IN BIOL 241 PBL GROUP PROBLEM SOLVING CASE STUDIES DISCUSSION
  7. 7. LECTURES STORY-TELLING
  8. 8. The Monk who liked to garden: Introduction to Mendel’s laws of Inheritance. The students will be introduced to Mendel’s Laws and their application in genetics. The Search for the Holy Grail: Photo 51 and the double helix I. The engaging story of the race to the discovery of DNA structure. In this module the students will learn: The principles of X-ray crystallography, structure and function of DNA, and the scientists involved in elucidating DNA structure. Students will also be introduced to the flow of genetic information (the central dogma of molecular biology). Tears of the Cheetah: A story of genetic diversity. The students will follow the exciting journey of scientists into Africa to understand why the cheetahs are an endangered species and which facet of their genetic make-up led them to this untimely fate. DNA detectives: A whale of a tale. The students become detectives as they follow the story of scientists tracking down the illegal hunting of whales in Japan using modern molecular biology techniques. In this module students will learn about the biology of whales, PCR technology and DNA sequencing. The Lion Plague: Students will be introduced to the genetics of retroviruses, HIV/FIV, evolutionary patterns in FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), viral interference, CDV(canine distemper virus) and detection of viral infection with PCR technology. The Panda Roots The phylogenic origin of the Panda will be covered in this class. The students will learn the basics of phylogenetic tree building and molecular evolutionary approaches for solving phylogenetic histories. The Way We Were Students will be introduced to the human genome project, SNP’s, genome mapping and its benefits for society. Genetic Guardians The students will learn the genetics and epidemiology of the AIDS virus and how measuring genotype frequency & allele frequencies in patients can uncover genes/mutations associated with disease/ disease resistance (in this case CCR5-delta32 mutation mediating HIV resistance) . A Silver Bullet The students will learn the genetic basis of metabolic disease and the concepts of gene therapy. The PXE story Continuing on the theme of metabolic disease the students will be introduced to the genetic/metabolic disease Pseudoxanthoma elasticum and will learn how to experimentally design a genetic study and the successes and pitfalls associated with scientific research. The Story of Us This class will acquaint the students with the epic journey of the human race as we set out to answer long-standing questions of where humans came from, how we migrated and when we arrived in such places as Europe and North America. We will trace the migration of human beings from our earliest homes in Africa to the farthest reaches of the globe and in doing so will discover that what makes us different from each other is mostly cultural and less genetic. Biology 241: Introductory Genetics Syllabus
  9. 9. successful Storytellers will tell you…
  10. 10. It’s not always about what you say: It’s how you say it
  11. 11. Where do You start? Information overload!
  12. 12. Look for your story
  13. 13. The story of us: the incredible journey of man I read the entire book and condensed it into a 45 min lecture
  14. 14. Step 1: Build the framework for your story
  15. 15. Like this:
  16. 16. Step2: Add your Content
  17. 17. And you have the perfect storyline…….
  18. 18. Storytelling in the sciences 101: Deconstructing the storytelling process
  19. 19. 3 questions: Why are we here? Where are we going? Where did we come from? 1. Have a strong Storyline - bring your audience in
  20. 20. The journey of the ‘y’ chromosome 2. Element of mystery - don’t give away the ending!
  21. 21. But how do we know That this Journey started in africa? ? 3. Let students solve various parts of the mystery with clues (INTERACTIVE)
  22. 22. We know because we can trace certain Dna markers from human populations
  23. 23. Markers on dna A marker on DNA is a landmark that tells you where you are in the genome
  24. 24. 4. Add audio-visual content (you tube videos, DVD movies
  25. 25. 5. Stress that people are as important as the science Scientists are HUMAN, don’t be afraid of SCIENCE, specially not Genetics!
  26. 26. The Genographic project and Spencer Wells https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/
  27. 27. 6. Discussion- encourage all students to take part Introduce the concept of ‘Safe space’
  28. 28. 7. Integrate biological techniques into the story- the boring stuff !
  29. 29. 8. Make the take home message very clear.
  30. 30. What did you learn?
  31. 31. • People look different because of isolation and adaptations to different environments • Underneath all of that we are virtually the same we are all connected We are the same
  32. 32. What percentage of DNA do you share With the person sitting next to you?
  33. 33. we share 99.9% of Our Dna with every single person On this earth
  34. 34. 9. Let the students apply their knowledge - case study - paper - website (WIX) - video (Xtranormal), - Journal/map - Poster - Infographic - Concept map etc.
  35. 35. 10. Have fun with it! Think about how story-telling can be applied across disciplines

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