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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
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
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
21 February 2017
3rd Active LENS Workshop: Summer 2017
The 3rd annual Avida-ED Active LENS Workshops will be held this summer. This year, we are offering two options: one, at the University of Washington in Seattle, June 21-23, 2017 and one at Michigan State University July 27-29, 2017 in East Lansing, MI*. The purpose of this workshop is to train instructors in the use of the Avida-ED software package, developed to help students learn about evolution and the nature of science, so that workshop participants can both implement classroom interventions using this software and also train other educators. Teams of two will learn to use Avida-ED and how to best incorporate it into courses that they teach. Travel and expenses related to the workshop will be covered for the 20 participants for each workshop as part of an NSF-funded IUSE grant.
Click HERE for details and application form.
19 February 2017
A chance to make a film about evolution and win a prize!
Scientists and science educators of all stripes -- students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators -- are invited
to enter the Seventh Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, the Howard Hughes Medical
Institute, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.
To enter, please submit a video that explains a fun fact, key concept, compelling question, or exciting area of evolution research in three minutes or less. Entries may be related or unrelated to your own
research, and should be suitable for use in a classroom. Videos should be both informative and entertaining.
The finalists will be screened at the Evolution 2017 meeting in Portland, Oregon. (You do not need to attend the conference in order to enter a video.) The winner will receive a prize of $1000; the runner-up will receive a prize of $500. The deadline to submit a video is 11:59 p.m. (EST), June 2, 2017. For further information and to view entries from previous years, visit http://evolutionfilmfestival.org/.
For information about the contest, visit:
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
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
This is a growing field,
becoming a part of the training for
medical professionals across the country.
HERE IS ANOTHER REASON FOR
ESPECIALLY HUMAN EVOLUTION,
AND TEACHING IT EFFECTIVELY
Click HERE for more information on
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
But there is nothing about human evolution.
However, nothing prevents using human evolution
to meet those standards.
27 May 2016
EXCELLENT TOOLS for
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!
And, a Teachers Guide for this video is
available from NSTA for $15.95
10 April 2016
UCMP University of California
Museum of Paleontology
THINK EVOLUTION VIII
A Summer Institute for Science Educators
July 25-29, 2016
Save the Date & Register Early
More information and registration
Calling all middle school, high school,
and community college biology teachers
and science educators!
Put on your evolution eyeglasses
and your nature of science thinking cap
and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days
of evolutionary explorations
with biologists and educators
at the University of California at Berkeley
5 April 2016
PG Opportunity at UC Riverside:
"Developing Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans
for High School Evolutionary Biology"
11-15 July 2016
Monday-Friday, 9-12:30 and 1:30-5:00
University of California, Riverside
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
31 March 2016
Special Call for Science Teachers
Who Are Passionate About Teaching Evolution
TIES is looking for teacher leaders
who might be interested in
presenting an evolution workshop
in their school district or local college
for middle school science teachers.
Materials & stipends provided.
Find out more
What is TIES?
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Announcing the 2nd annual
Avida-ED Active LENS Workshop
Announcing the 2nd annual Avida-ED Active LENS Workshop at Michigan State University, June 9-11, 2016 in East Lansing, MI. The purpose of this workshop is to train instructors in the use of the Avida-ED software package, developed to help students learn about evolution and the nature of science, so that workshop participants can both implement classroom interventions using this software and also train other educators. Teams of two will learn to use Avida-ED and how to best incorporate it into courses that they teach. Travel and expenses related to the workshop will be covered for the 20 workshop participants as part of an NSF-funded IUSE grant. Click here for more information and how to apply.
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