Symposium at the International Botanical Congress Of course we met last year

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Symposium at the International Botanical Congress Of course we met last year with the IBC and Peter Hoch asked BSA to organize a symposium on botanical pedagogy. We did! Members of the Education Committee and other BSA members developed the plan and David Kramer was the organizer. “Botanical Literacy for the Next Millennium: What to Know and How to Know It,”was the only one of the more than 200 symposia dealing with education. It was well received. We had financial and logistical support from a loyal sponsor, Addison Wesley Longman Publishing Company. Symposium at the Portland BSA Meeting Don Buckley (Chair of the Teaching Section) and David Kramer have organized a symposium for this meeting, “Using Educational Technology to Foster Learning Centered Pedagogies.” It will emphasize that our use of technology in teaching must not simply dazzle students but should be designed to actually improve the learning of plant biology. Six presenters (Wednesday morning) will explain how this can be done giving concrete examples from their own teaching. We were successful in getting McGraw-Hill publishers to sponsor this year’s symposium, covering some of the expenses and helping with logistics and marketing. Poster(s) As noted above, teachers need inexpensive materials for their classrooms. We are currently negotiating with an Ohio artist/photographer to get the rights to several of his works (serial 28
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photos of plant development). Our plan is that the posters will be printed with the BSA logo and will be accompanied by printed materials that will explain the content of the poster and then suggest a number of hands-on activities related to plant development that can be carried out at several grade levels from K through the university. Future Goals To publish hands-on, discovery-type plant biology exercises for use in schools as well as at colleges and universities. These could be published on our web site and/or in hard copy. To publish an educational poster and accompanying materials (see above). To publish web-based case studies in plant biology. This idea will be explored here at the Portland meeting. To offer assistance to publishers who are seeking professional review of manuscripts for plant biology and general biology books. We want to make sure the plant biology content is correct before it is published. A recently released national review of science textbooks used in the schools strongly criticized the inaccurate science content and the boring pedagogical approach of most of these textbooks. To publish instructions for growing plants in the classroom with a list of easy-to-grow plants that illustrate various morphological and/or taxonomic principles. This idea grew out of discussions with representatives of the American Horticultural Society but has not been pursued.
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