Jigsaw September 2012, Vol. 2 Issue 6



Jigsaw – A technique for Student-Active Learning
Published by the ESA Office of Education and Diversity Programs

September 2012                                                          Vol. 2 Issue 6

Photo Credit from EcoEdDL: The Cadillac and Dorr Mountains as viewed from the summit of Gorham Ridge, Acadia National Park, Maine by Amanda Elliot

Special Feature:

What’s New in EcoEdDL

There have been several new resources added to EcoEdDL in September!
Below are just a few, you can check out all the new resources here!


http://esa.org/ecoed/ImageStorage/Img--00000211.jpgPhotograph – A Tributary Enters the Stream
By Christopher Stieha
Picture of tributary with heavy sediment lad entering into a pristine stream. Can be used to show human impact as well as mixing of water.

From the Resource Folder: Degradation of a Tropical Stream


Photograph Drought in East Africa
By Patricia Hackbarth
These Landsat images show Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserved on December 4, 1994 a year with normal rainfall, and November 27, 2009, a year when the rains failed and a severe drought overtook the land.


A Case of a Warbler Eating Berries
By David A Krauss
This is a photographic case study on the Yellow-rumped Warbler. This bird is unusual among warblers in its ability to eat Bayberry seeds. This ability minimizes it’s need to migrate affecting the way it interacts with its ecosystem.



The Life Discovery- Doing Science conference will highlight the leading science, curriculum design and implementation and data exploration in a research-rich biology education for grades high school and undergraduate.

Registration opens October 2012

Review the speakers and workshops!

Keynote Speakers and Panelists:

Six Conference Workshops:

SEEDS Update
SEEDS held its 2012 Fall Fieldtrip at Cedar Creek Ecosystems Science Reserve in Bethel, Minnesota from September 20-23! 24 student participants learned about prescribed burning regimes and biodiversity in the area. Also, they got to experience ongoing research projects on climate change and water quality issues.


College Biology Faculty Named Leadership Fellows
Through a joint effort by the NSF, HHMI and NIH, 40 Leadership Fellows are working on a yearlong project to determine positive change for undergraduate life science education. They are seeking contributions and ideas from the greater colleague community on their website linked in the title.




Help Students Build Explanations by Asking and Answering Deep Questions

A practice guide by the US Department of Education on how to encourage students to think deeper and prompt them to consider complex questions on course material. These types of activities are shown to improve comprehension and learning


The Nation’s Report Card: Science 2011

This report presents the national results of the 2011 National Assessment of Education Progress of a survey of 8th graders in science. The results from the 2011 survey are compared to the 2009 survey.


Special Feature:

World Rivers Day
September 30, 2012


The Encyclopedia of Earth- Ocean Oil
Peer reviewed collection of scientific information and educational resources about the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology
Use this lesson plan to learn how nutrient pollution impacts stream ecosystems on a local and national level


Chris Jordan- Midway
Explore these photographs from Midway Atoll of nesting albatross chicks whose stomachs are filled with plastic litter from the Pacific Ocean


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Complete this short survey to calculate the emissions you could be saving through small lifestyle changes


Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Get in depth knowledge on the ecological effects of many types of air pollution, complete with graphics


Good Guide Scorecard
Check out this map to learn which types of pollutants put your local community most at risk


Bridge Ocean Education Teacher Resource Center
Learn about the behavioral effects of habitat pollution on benthic organisms

Made possible by:


Upcoming Events

Ecological Genomics Institute
10th Annual Ecological Genomics Symposium
October 26-28, 2012
Kansas City, MO

Association of American Colleges and Universities
Next Generation STEM Learning: Investigate, Innovate, Inspire
November 8-10, 2012
Kansas City, MO

STEMtech conference
2012 STEMtech conference
October 28-31, 2012
Kansas City, MO.

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
Curriculum Development Workshop
January 7-10, 2013
Knoxville, TN

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2013 Annual Meeting “The Beauty and Benefits of Science”
February 14-18, 2013
Boston, MA

Association of American Colleges and Universities
Student Success and The Quality Agenda
April 4-6, 2013
Miami, Florida

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
ASMCUE: Blending Science and Education
May 16-19, 2013
Denver, CO


EcoEdDL Stewards
Editorial Board
Education Scholars
Advisory Board

Digital Resource Discovery (DRD) Partners

DRD Advisory Board


Education and Human Resources Committee (EHRC)

ESA Education & Diversity programs staff
Teresa Mourad, Director of Education and Diversity Programs
Andrea McMillen, Education Programs Coordinator
Fred Abbott, Diversity Programs Coordinator
Kristin Haas, Education Intern


Education Resource Partners
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