From the NABT

Two weeks ago, I was in Atlanta at the 2008 NABT conference.  It was a fabulous four days – full of interesting sessions, great speakers, useful ideas, and – as always – incredibly talented teachers. My own small contribution to the meeting was a session called “Teaching with Technology” where I shared some insights about using web tools, podcasts, and blogs in the science classroom.  In addition to a whirlwind tour through a number of my favorite web sites, we broke into small groups to share ideas and – at the end – try creating a podcast using some of the equipment I brought with me.  Ever resourceful, the teachers in the room came up with some great stuff.  They successfully put together a couple of short podcasts and also came up with a few suggestions – for instance, having students submit podcasts as an assignment, asking knowledgeable parents to create podcasts, and some creative ideas for working with reluctant IT coordinators on campus. For those not able to attend the meeting, I thought I’d share a few of the web site resources that the teachers seemed to like here in the blog.  So, for a start, here’s an interesting site, Gene2music.  Started by a few UCLA scientists, this site converts genome-encoded protein sequences into musical notes in order to hear auditory protein patterns.  The idea is to make protein sequences more approachable and tangible for the general public and it’s an interesting intermingling of art and science. You can submit a gene sequence for conversion or listen to a few examples on the site.  For instance, they have the audio files for the Huntington and LacYPermease proteins sequence (it’s interesting to notice how many repeats there are in the Huntington’s sequence).   So, check it out.  And let me know what you think.   


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