University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

NABT 2014 materials now available online!

November 18, 2014 - 9:10pm -- Hillary Lauren

Our presentation slides and materials from our workshops at the National Association for Biology Teachers 2014 Professional Development Conference in Cleveland are now available online! For those of you who came to our sessions, thank you for your support and we hope you found it worthwhile. Click on the links below to access materials, or see a complete list of our publications and sessions.


Thursday, November 13

Integrating Math in a Biology Classroom. 1:15 - 2:30 pm, Room 19

Explore student driven activities that cover key biological concepts and integrate math practices identified in the NGSS and CCSS. Students practice data analsysis, graphing, and scale through an experiment, a series dilution, and a microbe mural.

Integrating Biology and Physics: Lessons on Light and Sight. 2:45 - 4:00 pm, Room 19

Integrate physics into your biology classroom with teacher-tested, hands-on activities and lessons that investigate the properties of light and the factors that affect color perception. Free materials from NIH SEPA.


Friday, November 14

Modeling Using Digital Simulations. 1:00 - 2:15 pm, Room 11

Attend this session to learn how to use and revise simulations to model biological concepts. All simulations are available for free, and they are created with free modeling software called NetLogo.

Games as Models: Engaging Students in the NGSS Practices. 2:30 - 3:45 pm, Room 11

Explore how the same learning goals and skills (collecting data, making predictions) utilized in the practice “Developing and Using Models” can be addressed through engaging role-playing games. Join us to play and discuss! Free NIH SEPA materials.


Saturday, November 15

Worms and cell biology: Connect students to scientists’ work. 10:00 - 11:15 am, Room 21

Teach students cell growth, division, and differentiation with a planarian experiment, video, and simulation. Activities are based on research techniques and findings of University of Illinois scientists who study planarian regeneration and behavior.