The Owlet includes the following resources for subscribers:
The Forums are places to gather as a learning community and discuss current topics in science. Each two-week forums is moderated by a scientist. Participants will review background literature on a current scientific topic, then voice their opinions using the readings to support their ideas. In addition to the paid forums there are also free forums where all members can participate.
Mini-lectures explain important concepts in biology, and refocus established interpretations of past results by incorporating new scientific evidence. Participants are encouraged to comment or ask questions in the comments area below each lecture.
Lesson Plan Bank
The Lesson Plan Bank is an immediate and practical resource for teachers. The goal is to collaboratively develop lesson plans that are scientifically sound and pedagogically excellent.
The Owlet will produce up-to-date reviews of scientific research. We will survey trends in biology and identify how the latest data takes science research in new and unexpected directions.
Cognition and Learning
The Owlet promotes an understanding of advances in neuroscience and cognitive theory — areas that can benefit teaching and learning practices in any classroom. Scientific approaches to education—such as STEM and integrative sciences—will have the best chance of success if educators understand and apply current scientific theories on how children and adults learn.
From the Bench to the Classroom
In this section, guest scientists will present and discuss their published data and research questions. This will help teachers understand and use the current scientific research data to construct lesson plans that inspire students to pursue science.
The laws of nature are best understood through the lens of integrated sciences. An integrated approach provides a unified and powerful way to think about science, while also exposing students to the distinct historical disciplines. Each exploration in this section has several objectives: 1) Revise the fundamentals of science, 2) Integrate and understand these principles, 3) Construct an activity aimed to show understanding of the theory, 4) Create and review lesson plans to be used in middle or high school classrooms.
The Pedagogical Stop
The Pedagogical Stop asks guest educators to share their interests, experiences, and expertise with our participant teachers. Their contribution may be a piece of writing giving advice, reflecting on their work as educators, expressing their opinion on the fundamental areas a teacher should focus on developing, or anything they may want to share with a new generation of educators.
Useful Links, Etc.
This section will feature a growing list of recommended books and websites.
This is a list of professionals, scientists and educators, that have contributed to the owlet. We thank them and acknowledge their invaluable input.
These are hybrid courses with on-line and on-site components. The design of this professional development course seeks to promote the participant’s learning and growth as educators.