Blogging biology

A high school biology teacher brings Web 2.0 into the classroom

Elie Dolgin
Jan 22, 2009
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