i-ndependent, i-nternational, i-lluminated, i-nspired
I am currently IB Bio, HS MYP Chemistry and Physics teacher, MYP Coordinator (and HOD Science) at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan. Before Japan, I was in Indonesia, as IB Biology, Science and Health teacher (and IB DP Coordinator) in Bandung International School.
I have a degree in Marine Biology from Queen’s University Belfast, A PGCE in Secondary Science from the University of Exeter and am working on an MA in International Education from the University of Bath. Find out more about me on Vizify here.
I am a cross-culture dad of two, surfer, reader, writer and give away my resources. I keep a second blog on reflections on education and my further studies here.
This site serves as my students’ online textbook or main resource.
The materials here are primarily for my own students, but feel free to use them in your own classes, within the limits of Creative Commons and these guidelines. All our presentation are here: Slideshare GuruStip. I encourage users of the site to donate to one of my chosen charities, through my Biology4Good project on JustGiving.
If you spot errors or have any suggestions for resources, please get in touch through the comments feature.
I hope you find i-Biology useful!
Please email me for more information [stephen AT i-biology.net].
I do not accept requests for writing for free or for hosting ‘guest content’ or links on this site.
The History of i-Biology
The summer of 2007 was a long one, as I moved between schools and had lots of free time with a newborn sleeping most of the day (oh how times have changed). It was a chance to reflect on my teaching and to think about how to engage students with different learning styles. I thought, “There must be a visualisation, movie or animation for every concept in Biology, online and for free by now.”
That’s when Science Teachers’ Video Resources was born and I started to search for and categorise video clips and interactives. As I got to BIS and thinking more about 21st Century Learning, I started to think of other ways to use the site to engage and communicate with students. I wanted to reduce the need for textbooks. I found that SlideShare could embed to WordPress and files could be uploaded. This site became more of a course management system for my Biology students and I changed the name to Science Video Resources, to reflect that it was not just for teachers but for all learners. I really should change it again, as it has gone beyond videos and into all Biology teaching resources (but I don’t want to change the domain name!).
Eventually word got out and students and teachers from other schools started to visit. There are now over 1,000 visitors per day and I frequently get emails or comments from people who use the site for their teaching and learning. This is great – the community acts as a quality-control system and I am able to edit and make corrections based on the feedback of others. This has the added bonus of ensuring that the materials my students are using are of the best possible quality.
Now with Moodle in place at school, this website has become a course-information centre, with Moodle acting as the place for submissions and grading. I also use a Facebook page to keep students updated with essential course information.
If you use the resources here, please let me know. Have they worked for you? Do you have any suggestions for improvements?
I would be really interested in hearing from teachers who are real experts in ESL in the Science classroom and who would like to contribute to the site.