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Web Seminar

Join us on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM ET, to learn about the free lesson plans and storyline units designed for high school students.

Health Datawell provides free lesson plans and storyline units to help high school students understand the varied roles of citizens and health scientists in protecting and promoting the health and wellness of their communities. These instructional materials could be used in a variety of courses including Biology, Environmental Science, Anatomy, and AP Biology.

This session will focus on introducing participants to the Using Data to Understand and Improve Health Outcomes storyline unit. Storylines start with an anchoring phenomenon that introduces a question or problem. Each step in a storyline unit is then driven by students’ questions that arise from the phenomenon. In this case, the anchoring phenomenon is disparities in health outcomes from respiratory diseases. Students analyze data about the Top 10 Causes of Death Globally by Income Group between 2000 and 2019 and note that respiratory diseases are in the top five causes of death across income categories. However, the order and specific type of disease differ by income group and geography. To begin to explain these differences, students decide to look at data on a smaller scale – states and counties in the United States. This data introduces additional disparities in both case numbers and health outcomes. 

The first day of the unit provides opportunities for students to consider what they do and don't know about feedback mechanisms in the body, the respiratory and immune systems, respiratory diseases, air pollution, and public health. In doing so, they will begin to make sense of and apply the following Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A Structure and Function, LS3.B Variation of Traits, and ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution. This session will outline how to find state and county data that is relevant to your students and will provide opportunities for participants to practice using data tools.

All individuals receive a certificate of participation and 100 NSTA activity points for attending the live seminar and completing the end-of-program survey. A certificate of participation is not awarded for watching the recorded version of the program. 

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Register today to participate in this web seminar. Upon registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation including information about the program and suggested links to visit in preparation of the event. Additional information about the web seminar will be e-mailed to you days before the program.

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Each web seminar is a unique, stand-alone, program. Archives of the web seminars and the presenters' PowerPoint presentations will be available through the links on this web page. Read answers to frequently asked questions from participants.

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National Science Teaching Association



Date Tuesday June 04, 2024 Time 7:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CT / 5:00 PM MT / 4:00 PM PT Duration 90 Minutes Audience All high school educators of science, university instructors, and administrators interested in free lesson plans and storyline units useful for biology, environmental science, and anatomy courses.

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