This eBook is dedicated to the exceptional educators who choose to continue their learning about how best to engage, inspire, and empower the next generation of scientists. Thank you for planting the seeds of so many trees under whose shade you may never sit.
How STEM educators can use this ebook
When scientists enter the classroom, they often do so with very little pedagogical training. STEM educators have a wealth of highly specialized content knowledge honed by years of graduate, doctoral, and professional work, but they tend to fall into the same methods of teaching that their own instructors used years before.
The downside to maintaining a time-honored tradition of science instruction and course design is that the form and function of teaching have evolved along with recent advances in technology and research in neuroscience, psychology, and education. Insights from cognitive science have informed new pedagogical approaches, including evidence-based active and experiential learning practices that are more effective at helping students learn. These insights have led to developing and proliferating new digital tools that aim to enhance learning.
Realizing the potential impact of all this innovation requires one essential element: skillful teachers who know how to make learning work in the real world. STEM instructors who explore this book will discover how to use the Labster platform to its fullest potential and a little research-backed encouragement about why their work matters so much. It’s our hope that they will feel empowered to consider and try new techniques based on what their experience suggests will work well for them, their students, and their course goals.
- Introducing Labster
- What our customers say
- What comes with my Labster subscription?
- Join the Labster Campus Community
Learn more about the various methods you can use to teach with Labster.
- Recommendations for How to Teach with Labster by Monique Mainella
- Using Laboratory Simulations in K-12 Education by Bonnie Nieves
- Using Labster to Scaffold Learning by Bonnie Nieves
- What is Active Learning?
- How Labster Supports Active Learning Techniques in the Science Classroom
- Starting with the End in Mind: Using Backward Design with Labster
- 10 Innovative Ways to Teach STEM
- 9 Creative Ways to Teach Chemistry without Lecturing
- 8 Creative Ways to Teach Biology without Lecturing
Active Learning Strategies
Learn about how to teach with Labster using these active learning strategies.
- 5E Learning Model
- How to Use Choice Boards with Labster
- Flipped Classroom
- Project Based Learning
- Learning by Doing - Experiential Learning
Teaching the Phygital Generation
The Phygital Generation wants to learn in both physical and digital spaces: here are some ways you can help them.
- Teaching the Phygital Generation
- Importance of STEM skills for the future of work
- 6 essential biology lab skills for career building
- 6 essential chemistry lab skills for career building
- 6 essential microbiology lab skills for career building
- 5 essential biochemistry lab skills for career building
Virtual Access to Advanced Equipment
Advanced equipment for the lab can be expensive. Here's what you can access with Labster.