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Biomedical Research: Reading and Relevancy for All Students in All Classrooms

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Jess Rowell  
When biomedical research and our interactive reading passages partner, greatness happens! While Sanford Research showcases health science STEM careers, our thematic virtual journeys bring secondary students through adapted primary literature and multimedia. Students help actual scientists solve real problems with authentic data by "researching biomedicine." No lab? No problem.

Audience: Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Laptop: Mac
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees do not need to have access to any softwares or materials. They need internet access to
Topic: Reimagining learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Teachers will be able to identify three ways they may facilitate an Interactive Reading Passage like "Researching Biomedicine" with multimedia Waypoints, including but not limited to remote assignment, whole group instruction, or small group facilitation. Teacher engagement will roughly model the structure of the Passage itself, including the sequenced order of the JOURNEY format (Job, Opportunity, Unique, Real & New Science, Engineering, and You!). Evidence of success is rooted in teachers' feedback on how they will use the sequenced structure of the Interactive Reading Passage (with multimedia Waypoints) with their students, as well as sharing their feedback on highlights they find in the content and virtual implementation possibilities.


Please note: SNAPSHOT timeline provided. Can be adapted to LECTURE format by including testimonies and direct consultation with participating teachers.

Introduction and welcome video introducing project in partnership with Sanford Research.
5 min

The demand and solution for science and literacy with Integrated and Innovative Interactive Reading Passages, including sequenced structure in JOURNEY format capable of both face-to-face and online instruction.
10 minutes

Tour of Researching Biomedicine Interactive Research Passage's Teacher Page, Student Page, and multimedia Waypoints introducing highlighted researchers from Sanford Research.
5 min

Literacy Initiatives in Researching Biomedicine to help all learners in all classrooms, including the Easy Lexicon System and the use of media-dependent questions in Waypoints.
5 min

The role of promoting citizen science and other performance-based rubrics.
2 min

Participant Q&A and other feedback from teachers in the past and present.
3 min

Supporting research

Sanford Research

Blausen, Blaus 0209 Cell Life Cycle Cancer Image, courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Lin, H.-T., Otsu, M. & Nakauchi, H. Stem cell therapy: an exercise in patience and prudence. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B. Biol. Sci. 368, 1–14 (2013)

Pikuła, M., Marek-Trzonkowska, N., Wardowska, A., Renkielska, A. & Trzonkowski, P.

Adipose tissue-derived stem cells in clinical applications.Expert Opin. Biol. Ther. 13, 1357–70 (2013)

Toghraie, F. S. et al. Treatment of osteoarthritis with infrapatellar fat pad derived mesenchymal stem cells in Rabbit. Knee 18, 71–75 (2011)

Wang, Y., Han, Z., Song, Y. & Han, Z. C. Safety of Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Clinical Application. Stem Cells Int. 2012, 1–4 (2012)

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Jess Rowell, Science Teacher, Public Middle School

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