As we continued our Biology Workbench efforts into teacher
education, one of us (Bertram C. Bruce) identified a chain
of use, which must not be broken if a technology is to be
incorporated into teacher education. This chain includes
at least the following:
- Teacher educator needs to understand and value the technology
for her or his own use.
- Teacher educator needs to see the technology as one
that can be taught.
- Technology will not survive long in teacher education
unless it is taken beyond the college classroom to the
- Finally, the technology must be one that students can
use and learn from.
Although this chain is a simplified one, one consequence
of insight about this was to see how the Biology Workbench
is being integrated into high school biology curriculum.
So, we decided to collaborate and cooperate with a high
school biology teacher. (This classroom study is now part
of an ongoing Ph.D. dissertation research by Jo Williamson
under the guidance of Bertram C. Bruce. A paper about
this research will be presented at the Internet Research
Another instantiation of this chain of use
began at the November 11 workshop held at Beloit College
and directed by Sam Donovan and Kathy Greene. Present
were teacher educators, teachers, and students. One
of the participating teacher educators (Dr. Johnson, who
is also a high school teacher) brought a fellow teacher
and a student from her high school class. On February
26, we (Sam and Kathy) directed a workshop for student teachers
at the University of Wisconsin, using similar materals and
directing discussion about relevant teaching and learning
issues. In April and May, one of the student teachers
in that methods class, Ms. Anderson, was student teaching
in Dr. Johnsons classroom. Under the supervision
of Dr. Johnson, and in consultation with Sam and Kathy,
Ms. Anderson designed and taught a complete HIV unit that
drew heavily on bioinformatics and Biology WorkBench.
of field notes and data collection from UW methods course
Collaborative curriculum development
with Hillary Anderson