Bioinformatics in the K-8 Classroom: Designing Innovative Activities for Teacher Implementation

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Michele Shuster
Kira Claussen
Melly Locke
Krista Glazewski

Abstract

At the intersection of biology and computer science is the growing field of bioinformatics—the analysis of complex datasets of biological relevance. Despite the increasing importance of bioinformatics and associated practical applications, these are not standard topics in elementary and middle school classrooms. We report on a pilot project and its evolution to support implementation of bioinformatics-based activities in elementary and middle school classrooms. Specifically, we ultimately designed a multi-day summer teacher professional development workshop, in which teachers design innovative classroom activities. By focusing on teachers, our design leverages enhanced teacher knowledge and confidence to integrate innovative instructional materials into K-8 classrooms and contributes to capacity building in STEM instruction. 

 

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Shuster, M., Claussen, K., Locke, M., & Glazewski, K. (2016). Bioinformatics in the K-8 Classroom: Designing Innovative Activities for Teacher Implementation. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.14434/ijdl.v7i1.19406
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K-12 Classroom Implementation
Author Biographies

Michele Shuster, New Mexico State Univeristy

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Kira Claussen, Las Cruces Public Schools

Elementary Science Teacher, Las Cruces Public Schools

Melly Locke, Las Cruces Public Schools

7th Grade Science Teacher, Las Cruces Public Schools

Krista Glazewski, Indiana University

Associate Professor, Instructional Systems Technology