Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Using IT in the Biology class

Last week I was the guest of the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) for the Beijing Learning Summit. As part of my visit I was able to observe different teachers in different Beijing school all trying to use IT in their lessons.

Some schools had a wealth of IT hardware other less so. Yet beyond the technical aspect of how the tools work the pedagogical challenges are the same for all teachers. The main message seems to be to take the risk, try all the tools and find the one that fit your teaching style.

Here's a fuller account of the BLS by Gerard Dutton

Start with small changes and gradually, increase your IT tool kit. Mean while here's an interesting  link to a Microsoft biology research resource