Active Biology relies on the proven National Science Foundation developmental process as well as the most up-to-date research in pedagogy and learning theory. The curriculum has undergone an iterative process of writing, classroom testing, and evaluation as well as review by experts at each stage of the process.
Project Based Learning
When students are motivated, they learn and remember more. Each of the two chapters of Active Biology begins with an engaging and meaningful scenario that challenges students and sets the stage for the learning and chapter assessments to follow. Each challenge requires students not only to apply the biology concepts they have learned, but expects students to be creative in their execution. At the end of each section in a chapter, students are reminded how content and the investigations they have completed are aimed at providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively to the challenge.
Each section in each chapter of Activity Biology routinely involves active, collaborative learning at some level. In some sections, students must design an experiment to explore a concept. At other times, they will collect and interpret data to formulate a new concept or develop and use models, just like real scientists and engineers. Students are also regularly asked to answer questions about what they think and what they do, as well as to support their statements with concrete data. “Activity Before Concept” provides a strong foundation for active learning as the students always have a common lab experience upon which to base their understanding of the concept.
Kit components are identified, designed, and tested over time to meet the needs of the investigations specific to the Active Biology program. Some of the Active Biology activities can be also be adapted for use with our einstein™ Tablet+ or Fourier data loggers and sensors.
It’s About Time® is committed to providing comprehensive, ongoing professional-development support services for districts or schools implementing Active Biology. Our highly experienced implementation specialists will lead workshops to get you started with teaching Active Biology, follow-up sessions that provide additional content and pedagogical support, as well as online and onsite mentoring.