[Blueboard] Aliens in the Classroom: A talk on a biology teaching tool

Noelyn I. Bonagua nbonagua at ateneo.edu
Fri Nov 28 14:00:28 PHT 2014

The Department of Biology invites everyone, especially those teaching
biology courses in the grade school and high school, to the first
colloquium of the Biology Teachers Association (BIOTA) - Ateneo Chapter:

"Aliens in the Classroom: Fantastical Creatures as Tools in Teaching

Creatures from science fiction and fantasy can be used to illustrate key
concepts and principles in biology. This article describes a project for a
university-level general zoology course wherein the students classify, down
to at least the phylum level, “animals” from the Alien Species Wiki (2013).
This is an online database of creatures from television, film, literature,
and games. The primary challenges that the students faced were overly
fantastical hybridizations and assigning reality-based classification
mechanisms to fictional beings, but the project is a useful exercise in
creativity, knowledge of diagnostic characteristics, and the wonder of
discovery of new, previously unexplainable physio-morphologies.
*American Biology Teacher* 75(4):257-261, 2013.

Ronald Allan L. Cruz is a graduate of the B.S. Biology program of the
Ateneo de Manila University and the M.Sc. program of the Marine Science
Institute, University of the Philippines-Diliman. He is an Instructor and
currently Undergraduate Student Coordinator of the Department of Biology,
School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University and
Moderator of the Ateneo Biological Organization - *eXplore. eXperience.
eXcel.* (BOx).

Schedule: 3 December 2014, 4:30-6:00 pm
Venue: Science Education Complex (SEC) building B room 216

All those interested in becoming members of the BIOTA - Ateneo Chapter are
particularly encouraged to attend this talk, which will be followed by the
induction of its officers for school year 2014-2015.
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