IMPORTANT NOTICE.  JANUARY 2019

 

HOW TO FIND ENSIWEB RESOURCES: GO TO:

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20180220170105/http://www.indiana.edu:80/~ensiweb/home.html

 

     Much of this site became inoperative in December, 2019. The ENSIWEB site is no longer being actively updated. However, all the great resources for teachers and others are permanently archived. Indeed, many of the world’s publically available web-pages (over 345 billion as of this writing) have been archived and are accessible via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine  (https://web.archive.org ).  To find a nearly complete version of ENSIWEB, use this link:

https://web.archive.org/web/20180220170105/http://www.indiana.edu:80/~ensiweb/home.html

 

In case that doesn’t work: Open the Wayback Machine link (https://web.archive.org ), insert http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/   into the open browser box near the top of the Wayback Machine page and press return (on your keyboard). You will get a calendar with many dates highlighted. Due to changes in the IU system, some parts of some pages became inoperative in December, 2018.  Please pick an earlier date. We suggest May 30, 2018. When you click on this date, you will be redirected to the ENSIWEB home page as it looked on that date. All of the internal IU.edu links (and most of the external ones) will work, taking you to the subpages as they looked on the date you picked (with the addition of the Wayback Machine search box at the top of the page). 

 

       To find more information on using this internet archive, search (with Google or etc.) for Wayback Machine, read the Wikipedia article on it or check out this tutorial:  http://cbgraphics.net/2016/11/29/old-website-archive/

 

 

OUR PREFERRED CITATION:


Flammer, L., J. Beard, C.E. Nelson, & M. Nickels. 1998. ENSIWEB. Evolution/Nature of Science Institutes. Retrieved [current date] from www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/  [or from https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/ ].  Please, also include  the author(s), date(s) and title(s) of any specific lesson(s) cited.

 

All the lessons on this web site are copyrighted by ENSI, or posted with permission of its source.

This material may be copied only for noncommercial classroom teaching purposes, and only if this source is clearly cited.

 

PRIVACY NOTICE for ENSI Website

https://web.archive.org/web/20180227125157/http://www.indiana.edu:80/~ensiweb/privacy_notice.html

 

     

    MEMORIAL TRIBUTE:  LAWRENCE (LARRY) FLAMMER

 

     Lawrence (Larry) Flammer served as webmaster for the ENSWEB for many years. All of the ENSIWEB pages were improved by Larry’s intense scrutiny and most have been expanded or authored by him.

     Lawrence (Larry) Flammer passed away in December 2017, Larry taught college preparatory biology to junior and senior high school students for 38 years. His love for teaching, respect for students, and admiration for the wonder/power of biological processes was surpassed only by the deep love he expressed for his family.  The instructional insights described in the initial case were derived in large part from being tried and refined in Larry’s classroom.  His service in retirement to the ENSI project as its web master permitted thousands of biology teachers access to lesson plans and instructional resources designed specifically to enhance instructional success in teaching evolution and the nature of science. All the ENSIWEB pages were improved by Larry’s intense scrutiny and most have been expanded or authored by him.

     Larry wrote a sketch of his life and efforts for ENSIWEB (http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/larry.html).  The National Association of Biology Techers published a memorial tribute to Larry (https://ncse.com/news/2017/12/larry-flammer-dies-0018673).  A great overview of Larry’s life, rich with details: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186020549/lawrence-ivan-flammer  .

 

 

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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.

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 THANK YOU
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

NEW eBook: Science Surprises: Exploring the Nature of Science

 

NATURE of SCIENCE OVERVIEW & STANDARDS INDEX

 

 

21 June 2017

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

HUMAN EVOLUTION

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.

 

6 January 2017

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
EVOLUTIONARY MEDICINE?
This is a growing field,
becoming a part of the training for
medical professionals across the country.
HERE IS ANOTHER REASON FOR
TEACHING EVOLUTION,
ESPECIALLY HUMAN EVOLUTION,
AND TEACHING IT EFFECTIVELY
Click HERE for more information on
evolutionary medicine.


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.

 

. 27 May 2016

EXCELLENT TOOLS for
Teaching Evolution

EVO Teacher Guide: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask About Evolution: With DVD/Video of 10 video segments (~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

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

 

 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!

Ed. Note:
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.  

First- and second-place winners will receive up to $1,000 and $500, respectively.  The deadline to submit your video(s) is TUESDAY, MAY 31st, 2016 (11:00 PM, EST).  For more information (and to see entries from previous years) please visit evolutionfilmfestival.org or contact Jory Weintraub (jory@duke.edu)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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