BioGraph: Teaching Biology Through Systems, Models, & Argumentation (edX)

BioGraph: Teaching Biology Through Systems, Models, & Argumentation (edX)
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Experience with high school level biology content is helpful for navigating this course as it is not designed to teach content, but rather pedagogical tools that can support the content.
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BioGraph: Teaching Biology Through Systems, Models, & Argumentation (edX)
This six-week interactive and collaborative course integrates systems thinking with computer models designed to ‘bring biology to life’. You will learn how to use online simulations to develop core biology content and practices, aligned with the NGSS.

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This course integrates the power of systems thinking with computer models designed to ‘bring to life’ biology topics including evolution, ecology and the chemistry of life. Developed in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Scheller Teacher Education Program, this six-week interactive and collaborative professional development course draws on research in teaching and learning to develop the best experience for teachers.




In this course, you will learn how to use online simulations which are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards in order to develop core biology content and practices. The student facing materials consist of five modules designed for implementation over several class periods, serving as a replacement for an existing lab or activity. The online simulations include optional entry-level coding and the course provides support for learning to teach this with students. The materials include student and teacher guides with built in informal assessments. You will get a chance to work through these materials, watch teachers experienced with the materials teach the lessons, and then interact with experienced BioGraph teachers through online forums and webinars.


What you'll learn

- Teach High School Biology content through a systems lens

- Use online simulations that develop core ideas in biology

- Modify simulations through basic blocks-based coding

- Highlight the importance and usefulness of scientific models

- Support students in computational modeling

- Use scientific argumentation as a method for teaching and learning science content

- Join a global community of teachers



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24.00 EUR
Experience with high school level biology content is helpful for navigating this course as it is not designed to teach content, but rather pedagogical tools that can support the content.

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