Can’t get enough Dr. Sean B. Carroll? Here’s more!

Brian and I are at the NSTA Regional conference in Milwaukee. The conference kicks off with the presentation of a proclamation that makes this week “Science Education Week” as declared by Milwaukee’s Mayor Tom Barrett. Milwaukee's mayor sends proclamation: it's "Science Education Week!" pic.twitter.com/B6SRpSX1o1 — Lab Out Loud (@laboutloud) November 9, 2017 Next up was a presentation from Wisconsin’s own […]

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Learning the Rules with Sean B. Carroll

To close season 10, we welcome back Dr. Sean B. Carroll – award-winning scientist, writer, and educator.  Dr. Carroll’s new book, The Serengeti Rules, examines the fundamental question of how life works as he uncovers the rules that determine the what controls the number of species in an environment and the diversity within that community.  What this molecular biologist learns […]

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Safer Science and the Duty of Care

Making his third appearance on Lab Out Loud, we welcome Dr. Ken Roy back to discuss safety in science classrooms and other potentially harmful areas (such as makerspaces).  This fall, Ken launched the NSTA Safety Blog to share commentaries on the latest safety issues, legal standards and better professional practices.  Ken reminds us about important science safety practices such as yearly safety training, […]

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Climate Change in Science Education: Survey Results

In February, the journal Science published an article entitled “Climate Confusion Among U.S. Teachers” that has been attracting a great deal of mainstream media attention. Examining a nationwide survey of how middle school and high science teachers address climate change in their classes, the article reveals some encouraging insights and uncovers a few areas for improvement. To help us better […]

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Propose a Solution for a Real Problem with eCYBERMISSION

  Our guest this week is Matt Hartman, the content manager for eCYBERMISSION. Sponsored by the Army and administered by NSTA, eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams tasked with proposing a solution to a real problem in their community.  Matt joins us to tell us about the competition and its alignment to the Next Generation Science […]

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Using the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning Framework

Prompted from listener feedback, we welcome Dr. Kate McNeill and Dr. Joe Krajcik to the show.  As authors of Supporting Grade 5-8 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science, Kate and Joe join us to talk about using the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning (CER) framework as a method to guide students towards explanations in science.  Listen to the show to understand what CER is […]

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NSTA 2015: Talking Science

Talking Science with the Hosts of Lab Out Loud Saturday, March 14 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM McCormick Place, W176b Join the hosts of the Lab Out Loud podcast to explore the benefits of using digital media in science education—helping to engage students and improve teaching practice. Presenter(s): Dale Basler (Johnston Elementary School: Appleton, WI), Brian Bartel (Johnston Elementary School: […]

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Episode 108 – Science in Early Childhood Education

We invite Karen Worth to the show to discuss NSTA’s recent adoption of a position statement in Early Childhood Science Education.  In addition to helping write the position statement, Worth serves as faculty member at Wheelock College where she teaches courses in elementary education and science education to pre-service and in-service teachers.  Listen to the show to learn about the what […]

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Episode 106 – Story Assessments in Science

This week we welcome Fred Ende back to the show. Fred recently had an article published in the Science Scope (January 2014) discussing the use of stories in assessments.  Fred talks to us about his experience with story assessments, his student results and how you can create your own story assessments. Links: Science Scope: Every Assessment Tells a Story Lab Out […]

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Episode 82 – Science of the Summer Olympics

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL82.mp3 As the school year begins, why not think back to the summer?  Join us as we kick off our sixth season by talking with Senior Producer Mark Miano about NBC Learn’s Science of the Summer Olympics.  NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, has been providing historic stories, images and primary source documents available on-demand to teachers, students […]

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Episode 76 – Not Another Lab Report

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL76.mp3 Our guest this week is Fred Ende.  As a middle-school science teacher, Fred quickly became frustrated with cookie-cutter, partial inquiry and simple scientific method lab reports that rarely engaged students in the content.  Deciding to change this mode, Fred created open-ended lab experiences where students investigated their own questions, became interested in sharing their work, and ultimately improved their […]

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Episode 59 – The Courage to Teach

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL59.mp3   This week we discuss evolution education with Dr. Eric Plutzer, co-author of “Defeating Creationism in the Courtroom, But Not in the Classroom” – a recently published article in Science Magazine.  Dr. Plutzer discusses the paper, and what the results reveal about how much evolution is actually being taught in biology classrooms across the nation. The Cautious 60: The […]

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Episode 52 – Science We Can Read About

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL52.mp3     This week we discuss our favorite science books and talk to author Sam Kean. Sam discusses the periodic table, scientific discovery and storytelling in his new book The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements.  What science books do you read? Join […]

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Episode 39 – Standards and Science Education

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL39.mp3   Our guest this week is Barry Cartwright – the Science Content Specialist for the Colorado Department of Education.  In November, Colorado recently released their Final Draft of the Colorado Academic Standards in Science.  Barry discusses some of the highlights of the new Colorado science standards and the future of standards in science education. Links: Colorado Academic Standards in […]

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Episode 33 – Meet NSTA’s Executive Director

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL33.mp3   We open our third season with Dr. Francis Eberle, executive director of NSTA.  Francis talks to us about his role at NSTA and gives us some insights to a few new initiatives from NSTA. Links: The National Science Teachers Association Francis Eberle Selected as New Executive Director of NSTA NSTA 2009 Area Conference in Minneapolis NSTA 2009 Area […]

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Lab Out Loud in New Orleans

Dale and I will be at the NSTA 2009 Conference on Science Education in New Orleans. On Thursday, I will sporting my Lab Out Loud T-shirt, and Dale will be wearing his on Friday – come talk to us as we are out and about during the conference. You can also follow our tweets to see what we’re doing at […]

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Episode 25 – Science in its Rightful Place

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL25.mp3   We welcome Jodi Peterson to the show this week.  Jodi serves as the Assistant Executive Director for the NSTA Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, and talks to us about what we might see for science and science education with the Obama administration. Make sure to tell us what you think about Science in its Rightful Place. Comment […]

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Episode 22 – When Good Chemicals Go Bad

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL22.mp3   In this episode, Maryann Suero and Ken Roy warn us of safety dangers lurking in schools – both in the science lab and beyond.  Dr. Suero is the Children’s Health Program Manager for the EPA Region 5 (Midwest Region), and Ken Roy is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in CT, the Safety […]

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