Straight from the Source..... April's Theme: Sustainability

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    Connecting Teachers and Learners (CTL)


    We are working to flip the learning environment through video blogs, student artifacts, lesson plans, and helpful tools for teachers while focusing on the content. It is our goal to provide teachers with a road map, giving them step by step directions on how to effectively impact student learning in this digital era.

    The Theme for this month is sustainability. Please take a few minutes to look through the lesson plans and activities provided and hopefully you will find something interesting to try to your class in celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd.

    Hands-on Activities and Other Resources on Air Quality and Climate Change for Teachers

    Lesson Plans




    See the website below to find more K-12 lesson plans and activities.Sustainability.png



    Challenge: Be the first to share a lesson that you have taught or planning to teach that addresses sustainability.


                                                                  April 22, 2016

    April Spotlight: Bruce Boller



    Bruce Boller currently teaches at Bertie Early College High School, he is currently teaching biology and biotechnology. He has taught every science course with the exception of physics during his teaching career. He has a Masters in Science Education degree. In his almost non-existent spare time, he enjoys cycling, fishing, nature and reading science books. Bruce is married to a fifth-grade teacher and they have two grown sons, Aaron and Ethan.


    Through a partnership with Dr. Matt Koci, Associate Professor at NC State, and support from the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Wynne Innovation Fund and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Student Science Enrichment Program, the students at BECHS will learn how to clone, express, purify and validate recombinant proteins to be used in Dr. Koci's research laboratory. The goal of this project is to establish a mini-biotech company, Falcon Biomanufacturing, in their biotechnology classroom.


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    Mr. Bollers Class

    As part of this program, the BECHS biotechnology students went to NC State for an intensive 5 days short course on biotechnology and protein expression. While at NC State the students were introduced to the scientific tools and techniques that will be the core of their biotech company. The students got the chance to visit biotech companies in the Research Triangle Park (NC) area, interact with scientists, and learn about the different industries that use biotechnology .



    "At the end of this process, Mr. Boller expects to have a student directed, sustainable model for authentic biotechnology education at

    the high school and early college level that can then be replicated in other tier 1 communities across NC and the nation." This will ensure everyone can participate in STEM careers and compete for the high-skilled jobs of the 21st century regardless of where they live. Furthermore, society benefits by having the most diverse talent pool possible.


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    Hot Tech Tip


    Richard Byrne from FreeTech4Teachers

    Dotstorminh is a free teacher tool (students don't need accounts) that is a combo of Padlet and polleverywhere tool. Use the space to add "post-it notes" like Padlet where students can brainstorm ideas or answers to something. Students can vote on the notes and you can organize the notes by votes they have received. Share the "wall" like Padlet, with a unique link to students.

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