CGB Year 12 Memories of 2014-2015

This was the first time that I have had the opportunity to teach an all girl group, and I have to say that I absolutely adore these group of girls! We had such a wonderful time in Biology HL this year as we made models, creating biology music videos, design digestion t-shirts, created iBook stories about biotechnology, and incorporated augmented reality project when learning about defense against diseases. Overall, it has been an amazing year with these group of girls and this video highlights and celebrates their success.

iPad Digital Bioengineering and GMO Science Stories

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Year 12 Biology HL students were asked to create digital stories using the Book Creator app on their iPads. The stories needed to be linked to their learning objective applications from the Bioengineering and Genetic Modification Unit ( See the topics below).  It is no surprise that the stories that were created were unique, interesting and educational. I am so proud of their creations. There are two samples below. Enjoy!

TOPICS
 
TOPIC 1: Application: Use of DNA profiling in paternity and/or forensic investigations 
 
TOPIC 2: Gene transfer to bacteria using plasmids makes use of restriction endonucleases and DNA ligase 
 
TOPIC 3: Assessment of potential risks and benefits associated with genetic modification of crops (
 
TOPIC 4: Production of cloned embryos produced by somatic-cell nuclear transfer 

 

iBook:The Cloning Zoo: Maria Alba: CGB 2015

The secret of purple hood

Amazing DNA Models : Year 12 Biology HL

Year 12 Biology HL students were asked to create DNA models that illustrated their knowledge of the DNA structure. Here is the criteria that was given to the class:

Construct a model of the DNA molecule. Your final model must meet the following criteria:

1. It must be self-supporting, stand at least 30 cm high and have a diameter of at least 12 cm

2. It must clearly model the double helix structure of the DNA molecule

3. Each of the major components of the molecule (bases, sugar, phosphate) must be clearly recognizable using labeling, colour coding, shape, size, material or any combination of the above. Purines must be distinguished from pyrimidines.

4. 3’ and 5’ ends are shown

5. A minimum of six base pairs must be represented

6. Correct number of hydrogen bonds between base pairs must be demonstrated in the model

The models were a great success!

See images below.

DNA Models 1 DNA Models 2 Stephy DNA Model Year 12 DNA Models Group Pic

A New Way to Take Notes: Graphic Notes on iPad

One of my Year 12 Biology HL students uses this APP for creating her graphic notes during lessons.  GoodNotes 4 – Notes & PDF by Time Base Technology Limited allows students to take notes and annotate PDF documents. They will be synced to all your iOS devices automatically, thanks to iCloud. Mac client is coming soon.

Below is an example of my student’s work on our DNA topic – they are colorfully fantastic! Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.21 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.28 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.35 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.42 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.48 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.56 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.49.02 PM

The ‘Graphic Art’ of Reviewing Protein Synthesis

Another fantastic example of how visual notes can work to enhance learning! Year 12 Biology students were asked to create a cartoon to depict their understanding of transcription and translation. As you can see, their work is a colorful indicator of making science ‘fun’ in the classroom! They absolutely LOVED writing and creating their cartoon on the chalkboard! Visual Notes=Protein Synthesis 1visual notes-protein synthesis 2

DNA Candy Models

Today in Higher Level Biology, students were asked to construct DNA models from candy (liquorice, marshmallows, toothpicks). The students needed to be able to identify the nitrogenous bases, hydrogen bonds and we discussed the composition of the ‘backbone’ of the molecule. The entire experience was very positive and an effective review from the previous presentation on the structure of DNA.

 

Year 12 DNA Candy Models

 

 

Stem Cell Animations

Students  were asked to create a stem cell animation that illustrates their knowledge about stem cells. They were to address the ethical implications of therapeutic use of stem cells from specially created embryos, from the umbilical cord blood of a new born baby and from an adults own tissues. Below you can view some of these creative, informative and intelligent presentations.