Biology Educators Network Gains Partnership

A couple of years ago a few of my digital friends and I brought this space to life: The Synapse. A week later I wrote about it here. The site derives its origin directly from a frustrating discussion in the Twittersphere between biology instructors of many levels. The topic one particular night centered around the very real challenges of addressing evolution on the ground level in our classrooms – a topic that is this challenging likely only in the United States of today. Twitter repurposed away from purely social banter is a fantastic way for professionals to connect and share resources. However, the 140 character limit falls terribly short for the sort of deep back and forth required for anything as rigorous as what we were discussing that night.

Fast forward to our most exciting change since the beginning of the network: a partnership with BioCollage.

If you are a biology teacher, you owe it to yourself to be aware of the work done by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), and the University of California’s Museum of Paleontology (UCMP). All three in collaboration offer some of the best resources for biology teachers to be found. BioCollage is now the synthesis of the three organizations. If these were the first three batters in the lineup of a biology teacher’s arsenal, the need for a steroid-pumping cleanup hitter would be lessened. Or something like that.

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Comment by Ian Carmichael on October 5, 2010 at 5:08am
Yep, the UCMP pages are great. (And so is the powerpoint based on them - I can't recall its source, however.)
Comment by Sean Nash on October 3, 2010 at 10:05am
Now that is odd. I have no idea how that link was changed. I pasted the html directly from my blog post. Weird.

The BioCollage site itself is thus far just a connector to the other three sites. I wouldn't imagine a ton of content going up there. I'm thinking each of the three collaborating entities (which have collaborated for some time) would continue to do their thing in supporting their mission.

What did you think of the Understanding Evolution resources at UCMP?
Comment by Ian Carmichael on October 3, 2010 at 1:57am
Thanks for pointing us to The Synapse, Sean - although your link doesn't actually land there! Very informative and lively ning. Unless I missed something, BioCollage was underwhelming so far. Have you checked out the NAP resources on Evolution, Science and Religion?

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