What do The Frontal Cortex, Not Exactly Rocket Science, Tetrapod Zoology, Corpus Callosum, Brazillion Thoughts and DrugMonkey have in common?
(inserts long silent pause to allow readers to study the list and to allow those who need it to have some time to think before an answer is offered)
A first response might be . . . titles of books.
To which I would respond, “Good answer. How about another?”
In point of fact, each of these is the title of a science blog. And a long list of science blogs can be found in a pull down menu here:
A blog, as most of you know, since you are currently reading one, is an online diary or journal that an individual or a group shares publicly, usually inviting participation from readers through a comment section at the end of each post. The word itself comes from the contraction of web and log. Most people are probably familiar with blogs in the political or personal arenas. Blogs have come to have an influential role in shaping political discourse. And many’s the young couple who have shared the details of their wedding, honeymoon trip or baby’s birth with friends and family through a personal blog, well illustrated with photos of the smiling couple.
But science has produced a modest number of excellent blogs as well. And some of these can be a great source of cool things to share with your students. For example, I learned from Jennifer Jacquet’s blog “The Guilty Planet” (http://scienceblogs.com/guiltyplanet) that “Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, for instance, has teamed up with a culinary school to provide them with course content, training, and information on sourcing and marketing sustainable seafood.” Jennifer’s story is interesting in that as a kid, she read 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth and would come to discover that while those 50 things were indeed simple, saving the Earth was not. She is currently a post doctoral student working in the Sea Around Us Project at the UBC Fisheries Centre. And she’s also a blogger about what she is passionate about — saving marine life. Imagine a student of yours as young Jennifer, studying environmental science in your class and getting excited enough by it to become a scientist.
Another very cool thing about blogs is that anyone can become a blogger, and there is no cost associated with it other than a computer with internet access and your time. So wouldn’t it be great if some of our iTEAMchicago teachers posted in this blog or started their own science blogs for other teachers like themselves? Something to think about. (Wait Time 2)
You can learn more about Golden Apple’s Inquiry Science Institute here: http://www.goldenapple.org/inquiry-science-institute