Science Blogging Conference: Post 4
From the Nanosphere to the Blogosphere
Brad Herring and Troy Livingston, the Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
(looks like more here http://www.nanotechproject.org/)
What is nanotech, why is it different/unique, what can it do, what are some examples
Public Perception of Nano
- study last summer: low awareness of what nanotechnology is, but optimistic about benefits, low public trust in government, benefits will exceed risks,
(ditched this session when the small group work.. sorry, but I’m disappointed with this session because I don’t need or want a lecture on nanotechnology then to do an exercise…. I thought it would be more like an unconference like BloggerCon)
I came in on a discussion of accuracy and contributed a librarian point of view…
Favorite web pages
- moodle (courseware OSS)
- Google Earth
- National Geographic
- USDA, FDA, CDC, EPA pages
Using blog posts in the classroom
- asking students to compare reports they are seeing
How can science bloggers write so that teachers can use it in the classroom?
- look at lesson plans
- use http://classblogmeister.com (or other tools) to find local teachers or interested teachers and comment on their blogs
- is timing important?
- Do create handouts
- Use citations
Do scientists accept or encourage questions from teachers?
Can we create a collection of experts: some exist already, we need an intermediary, professional societies do this
Blogs are good to get to know the scientist before asking for information.
Maybe have printable versions of your posts
Regardless of all of this, we can’t do anything that doesn’t fit into the standards to prepare for the tests … always preparing for the tests.
Use Marco Polo to find science standards and prepare articles that fit in that area.