High school biology teacher Stacy Baker was sick of waiting by the photocopier to make handouts for her students. So in 2006, she launched a website, linkurl:missbakersbiologyclass.com,;http://www.missbakersbiologyclass.com/ to serve as central repository for class notes, pictures, and extra credit assignments.At first, the site was simply an online extension of her classroom, and information flowed strictly one-way: teacher to pupils. But Baker wanted the site to be more than that; she wanted to engage her students in the full interactive potential of the Internet. So she transformed the site into a participatory blog, and let her students take it over.
"Miss Baker"
Baker, 29, taught her ninth grade and advance placement (AP) biology students at linkurl:Calverton School;http://www.calvertonschool.org/ in Huntingtown, Maryland some Internet basics -- including how to hyperlink and where to find copyright-free pictures -- and suggested a few good life sciences-related websites. "From there, I just backed off and waited...
Miss Baker and the "Extreme Biology" bloggers at ScienceOnline09 in Research Triangle Park, NC
Images courtesy of Stacy Baker

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