secretly blogging during the institute
posted by: acarr
….so it’s Day 5 of Bioeyes (the last day), and the teachers are now filling out the surveys. I don’t have a survey, so I am secretly blogging at one of the computers….
I think it has been a good week. Today, the teachers saw their GFP paintings. Everyone’s worked except for one, which was probably due to painting with a negative colony (non-GFP).
So, all the supplies are going back to the Jordan stock room until the late summer. But, during the summer the Bio-grad fellows are going to think about how to make the GENO lab more efficient in the classroom. We got a couple new ideas, such as making pre-and post-quizzes.
This idea was suggeset by John Gensic who uses google apps often for students to take quizzes and tests on the computer. He then can see how the students answered on each question, and identify the problem areas. This week, we got a chance to witness this process when the Bioeyes teachers had to do a 10-question pre and post quiz for the modern lab. The post quiz definitely showed that the teachers now understood some of the vocabulary and techniques for the lab, and we could identify the topics that still needed attention during our discussion.
Imagine how this tool would be so useful in the high schools! Since we are only in the school for 5-7 days, we are sometimes not sure if all the students grasped the concepts. We do give them a quiz at the end (paper copy), and go over the questions. But, the computer method may be a good way to collect “data,” on what was learned…and to also have instant grading (not checking things off with a red marker during the class time).
ok…it’s time for lunch:-) i’ll be back later to blog!