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    Tommie Hata said:

    Great story and lesson/activity that you developed for middle schoolers. I am a high school teacher and teach 9th grade biology. I’d enjoy learning more about the programs you describe. I’m familiar with PyMol (from my days in the lab) and will spend some time playing with MarvinSketch and Autodock. Any way you could point me to additional resources?
    Students remember experiences like the one you describe when they are given an opportunity to interact with a professional and learn/do things they normally would not see in their classrooms. Anecdotal comment… but I’ve heard many students (upperclassman) tell me they became interested in science because of one or two very memorable experiences. People like you help to provide these memorable experiences.
    Thank you.

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    Jim Baker said:

    There are many tools out there to aid teaching; but what matters is learning. Teaching is just a small contributor to learning. A 2 minute video clip, eg. (The Doppler Effect)
    is often far superior to a 20 minute ‘taught lesson’ from the point of view of the students’ learning of the topic. Tools such as ‘twiducate’ ( and ‘ClassConnect’ ( are both excellent online tools to enhance what education should be about: (1) maximising each student’s potential and (2) educating students to become independent learners. I feel that teaching implies ‘giving’ information when what really ‘makes a difference’ is how independently students can learn. This is what we should be teaching our students how to do. Please follow me on twitter at!/teknojimmy

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    Gerd Moe-Behrens said:

    Great blog. Thanks. Agree on FoldIt. It’s main advantage is that it solved parts of the collaboration code. I mean the question: How do we motivate people to collaborate in a permanent manner on an important real world task. The answer FoldIt is providing is: gamemification. This will fit both advanced scientific collaboration and the classroom. In this context I saw a really exiting talk: Solve for X: Adrien Treuille on collaborative science Solve for X: Adrien Treuille on collaborative science 

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