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Current Science & Technology Videocasts.

Current Science & Technology Videocasts. (2007). Published by Museum of Science, Boston and New England Cable News. http://www. Accessed July 27, 2007.

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Learn about the latest breakthroughs in biology, health, science, and technology research with Current Science & Technology Videocasts, an online video podcast series from The Gordon Current Science & Technology Center at the Museum of Science, Boston. The Videocasts that I reviewed are archived news interviews of the museum's scientists that appear on the Sci-Tech segment of New England Cable News (NECN). These videos are appropriate for high school and introductory biology students. The news segments are presented in an interview format with a NECN anchor person asking questions to scientists from the museum. Most of the current Videocasts focus on biological discoveries. During the interviews basic biology concepts are discussed to make the relatively complex research results more understandable. Various visual aids are effectively used during the interview to help present the concepts. Examples of available Videocasts related to biology concepts are: A RiceBased Cholera Vaccine, Using GelatinBased Nanoparticles to Treat Breast Cancer, Reprogramming Human Stem Cells, Bacteria May Provide Asthma Protection, Smoking Cessation May Ease Arterial Stiffness, Researchers Reawaken Sleeping Virus to Fight Cancer, and A Nanotech Approach to Hunting Bacteria.

The Videocasts are approximately three-minutes long. Since the Videocasts that I reviewed are Sci-Tech news segments of a normally scheduled news cast, there is an added level of excitement that surrounds the presentation of the research results. Also, this presentation format appears to heighten the importance of these relatively complex biology concepts that are related to daily life and medical research. I was impressed with how well the current research results are explained with basic biology concepts. Also, the interview questions are organized in logical sequence to help the audience easily understand how the concepts are related and how conclusions were drawn. Transcripts of the interviews would be helpful for full review of the content during classroom lessons.

Many of the topics of the Videocasts have associated audio Podcasts, which are approximately 15 to 20 minutes long and include more extensive details about the research and basic concepts. Some of these interviews are with the scientists that were involved with the actual research.

The quick Videocasts are perfect for helping to review course concepts, to reinforce the importance of basic concepts, and to begin discussions on basic concepts and current research events. Since the Videocasts and Podcasts are easily accessible, students can review them multiple times while sitting at the computer or while listening or viewing their portable devices anywhere. Also, the subscription option makes it convenient to immediately review newly released research and is appealing to today's audience. These Current Science & Technology Videocasts and Podcasts are a significant contribution to science education and biology education in particular.

JEWEL REUTER teaches online science and professional development courses at the Louisiana Virtual School and is a Visiting Professor of Science Education, Intercollege Programs for Science Education at Montana State University. She has been teaching 26 years. Her Ph.D. research with the 15[degrees] Laboratory at Louisiana State University included the study of how students learn molecular concepts when they integrate animations and digital data collection with their past, present, and future experiences. She may be contacted at: P.O. Box 77857, Baton Rouge, LA 70879; e-mail: jewel.
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Author:Reuter, Jewel
Publication:The American Biology Teacher
Article Type:Video recording review
Date:Oct 1, 2007
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