Monday, June 21, 2010

Biology Key Concept Presentations

Guest Blogger: Tina Sauder, Savanna School

At the beginning of the semester, I assigned each of my Biology 20 students two of the key concepts from the program of studies with the idea that they would create a poster-like PowerPoint slide that could be combined with all of the other slides as a review slide show. It turned out that the process wasn’t as easy as I had imagined and the project was put on the back burner after the first unit.

By the last unit, it was looking like we could finish the course with plenty of time for review and I knew I wanted to do something with the whole key concept idea. What we ended up with was each student preparing a 10 minute mini-lesson, using something other than PowerPoint, in which they could embed video, diagrams and short notes. Some chose to use Prezi or Glogster, while others used the SMART Notebook game-like activities.

The results were really very good and each student became an expert in at least two areas of the course. Together, the class decided what would be important to be marked on and, after content, they felt creativity was essential.

Sample 1
Sample 2


  1. I love the nitrogen video. Very cool stuff Tina!

  2. Yay, my first blog comment!!! Thanks, Jon :0)