In our first class, I like to recount the history of biological sketching and have students try their hand at cross-hatching and stippling techniques. From Leonardo da Vinci's biological sketches to modern stippled drawings, students were challenged to apply the two traditional drawing techniques. They drew specima from our collection and today, we added a benefit. Students used smartphones, tablets, etc. to provide additional and often better images than the preserved critters in the lab. This gave them an additional opportunity to practice biological sketching, from home if they so chose. Below are images of their works in progress - a synthesis of traditional approaches and modern technology. Students were quite happy to use their phones for learning. It was a great experience that we'll complete tomorrow. Next stop - Linnaean classification -- organizing living organisms in a logical hierarchy.
Welcome to the eCampusLive blog. I'm Jerry Bleecker. I teach Biology, Science, Information Technology, Computer Arts, and more. It's an exciting year to share our experiences with our flipped classroom endeavour.