Microarrays MediaBook

While learning about those involved in developing the Synthetic Biology survey that some of you may have taken (June 8th post), I serendipitously navigated to a page at Davidson College that made me aware of the Microarrays MediaBook educational website.  Here is what I read, including the link that I chose to follow…

Another of Malcolm Campbell’s efforts, a multimedia presentation entitled “MicroArrays MediaBook,” has received the international Pirelli Award as the “Best Work for Educational Institutions.” Created with collaborators at UNC Chapel Hill, the MicroArrays MediaBook shows students how microarrays are created and analyzed, and applications of the technology. Its graphic sophistication commands attention, and students can test their understanding of the material with questions for each section.

Here is a shot of the homepage with their extensive internal links.  I agree that the “graphic sophistication commands attention”.  I’m still checking it all out and already know that if you touch upon Microarrays in your classroom you should spend sometime this summer checking it out as well…



Here is an paper activity that I have used to teach about Microarrays, a link to the article that I use with the activity, although I think I will be modifying things so that students can use the MediaBook resources instead.  For those beyond a paper activity, Fotodyne has microarray kits for exploring smoking and plant photobiology, and the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT) has a wealth of information and resources for developing authentic microarrays (also developed by Malcolm Campbell).

As my father always says, enjoy!



Author: Eric Kessler

I am a high school teacher in the Blue Valley School District who has taught a Bioscience Research course at the district's Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) since 2010. Previous to this teaching gig I was at Blue Valley North High School where I taught freshman Biology and Honors Biology, Field Biology, Zoology, and AP Biology for the past 18 years.