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22/02/12  |  Vancouver, Canada

Phytoplankton research in Arctic may help deal with environmental accidents

Is melting sea ice contributing to an overall increase in algae levels in Arctic waters? Marcel Babin, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier at the Université Laval, thinks this might be the case. Babin is growing phytoplankton in his lab and stimulating environmental changes - could this be replicated as an IBSE activity in the classroom?

14/02/12  |  Moscow

To engage students in video observations of plants

Take a look at the Resources (Plant Growth) section, where you will find a link to a video showing the growth and shoot development of a Furcraea (flowering, formation of brood buds). The film is based on time-lapse observation of a 100-year Furcraea selloe in the hothouses of the Botanic Garden of Moscow State University (“Aptekarskiy ogorod”) and was produced by A.G.Velikanov. The video was shown during MSU’s INQUIRE course and generated great interest amongst the teachers, who are now using it in their classes. It is a good example of how modern technology can help inspire and engage students in regular observation of plants at home and in school.

02/02/12  |  Brussels

2011 - the hottest year since 1833

The year 2011 will go down in history as a record breaker in terms of the average annual temperature in Brussels - the warmest year since 1833.

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What is the biggest barrier to implementing IBSE in your practice?

Concern that I might lose control over the class during IBSE activities
Knowing which questions to ask to facilitate the IBSE activity
Changing from a didactic approach to an inquiry-based approach
Concern that the students will not be able to carry out the IBSE activities
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