Labs should be as much about sensemaking as hands-on skills. Learn to use
online data to engage students in minds-on biology labs in or out the
1. Engaging students in sensemaking during lab investigations fosters more meaningful learning than simply manipulating physical lab materials; 2. By shifting the focus from collecting data to making sense of data, teachers can still engage students in aspects of the investigation practice while prioritizing the development of science ideas; and 3. Taking advantage of online data sets can reduce barriers faced by students learning remotely or in schools with limited laboratory equipment.
Jeremy Peacock (Jackson County School System: Jefferson, GA), Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA)