March 26, 2010

BCM Education Program Receives Recognition As Online Resource

The Center for Educational Outreach at Baylor College of Medicine has been selected as a recipient of the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education. The journal, Science, established this award to encourage innovation and excellence in education, as well as the use of high-quality online resources by students, teachers and the public.

BioEd Online and K8 Science are web sites developed by BCM's Center for Educational Outreach to provide accurate, timely science information and teaching resources for science educators. Materials on these sites include streaming videos, lesson demonstrations, field-tested lessons, downloadable PowerPoint slides and professional development courses.

Teachers' tool

"We've been working diligently to make high-quality, accurate science available to teachers," said Dr. Nancy Moreno, senior associate director of the Center for Educational Outreach at BCM and editorial director of the two web sites. "We found that teachers are very willing to use the internet to find teaching materials for their science classes, or to access professional development opportunities."

BioEd Online and K8 Science feature high-quality inquiry science lessons and other content through which students can discover important scientific concepts for themselves. Currently, these web sites have more than 1.5 million users around the world.

Science resources 24/7

"Web-based approaches enable us to provide science teaching resources to educators anywhere, anytime," said Moreno.

Funding for BioEdOnline and K8 Sciences is made possible through the support of: the Houston Endowment Inc, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Science Education Partnership, National Center for Research Resources, National Space Biomedical Research Institute, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, RGK Foundation, the Powell Foundation and Houston Independent School District.


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