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Ninth Grade Biology and Chickscope (by S. L. Herricks)
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Technology is ever changing and its classroom application can be challenging. The development of Chickscope provides the classroom with a unique blend of computer skills, Internet use, and scientific exploration. Through Chickscope, students are able to control a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, and by using axial references, create computerized images of a developing chick embryo. I have developed self-directed worksheets designed to enhance Internet usage, introduce embryonic development, and utilize Chickscope information. The twenty-one day process from fertilization to hatching gives me a three to four week period over which a variety of classroom topics may be covered. I include such topics as: cell division, genetics and probability, biochemistry, and an introduction to the Internet.

During this course of study, students need help interpreting their MR images, biochemistry data, and genetic information. The specialists provided by the Beckman Institute interact with the students on-line to answer their Chickscope questions. Such questioning and written discussion of data with Beckman specialists provides a unique learning experience for my students. These activities coupled with classroom studies provide practical application of the scientific method through modern technology.

Further, evaluation and assessment can be accomplished without paper and pencil testing. Students can be evaluated by assessing their performance in deciphering a MR image, which requires the full utilization of the information available through Chickscope including scientists' comments and on-line assistance from other students using Chickscope.

All of these Chickscope activities give relevance to today's education, and together provide a powerful package of technological tools to the classroom teacher. Since the study of the chick embryo development is relevant at both the high school and college levels, Chickscope on the Internet enhances educational opportunities nationally.



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