What's New 2000
GenScope development is complete and our efforts are now channeled
into a successor program, BioLogica.
Where GenScope was a general-purpose tool students used to investigate
genetic phenomena, BioLogica
is a tool with which researchers and teachers can develop genetics curriculum,
as well as provide prompts to encourage and guide students' reflection
on their own learning. Please visit our new web site at http://biologica.concord.org.
The final version of GenScope is on our Download
page. Some of you may have noticed a bug in the earlier version of GenScope.
Populations could not be saved and run again. We have fixed that. You
can now run the evolution file in the population level, save the file,
start it again , and continue running the program.
We ran this project for six years, moving through various stages of development,
implementation, redesign, and evaluation. Nearing completion, we share
with you some of the tools we used in evaluation and assessment of the
So, take a look in the Research
of our site where you will meet the NewWorm and join in Dragon Investigations!
The assessment data has been analyzed and was presented in April at the
American Educational Research
Association in Montreal.
We have analyzed our research data from 43 high schools over 3 years
and have presented our findings. Three broad themes emerged.
For more information go to Research.
- After using GenScope, student ability to reason about genetics
- GenScope helped bring about a fundamental, qualitative change
in student thinking.
- In later test-taking situations, GenScope students took risks
in solving problems that non-GenScope users simply passed by.
GenScope moves from BBN to The Concord Consortium. Demo version of software
is available. See our Download page for the
latest demo and tour.
We teach GenScope the easy way, offering four summer workshops called
"Design-A-Dragon." Each ran 3 days, at various locations in New York and
Massachusetts. Teacher participants learned the program, reviewed Mendelian
genetics, and wrote activities for use with the program. Word on the street
says it was terrific.
You couldn't make it to the "Design-A-Dragon" workshops? Wish you did?
Well, it's true that you missed seeing and being seen, but why not do
the next best thing? Read Joyce's Journal
and join workshop leader Joyce Schwartz as she looks back on her summer
of travel, teaching, and learning. She shares not just memories, but cool
classroom activities developed by participating teachers. Check it
the arrival of GenScope 1.0. Its population level is greatly improved
over the one that used to be up on our web site. Also, this is a fully
functional version -- you can print and save files with it. This version
of GenScope is also "scriptable," meaning you can run interactive curriculum
pieces (we call these"interactivities") that embed curriculum and assessment
functions into the software. You'll find it in our Download
For those who plan to download GenScope and are wondering what possibilities
the software holds ... check out our new
activities. We've put up some of our favorite teacher and student-tested
activities. We've included fun (and challenging) things to do with the
dragon, Labrador and human species. And for those who have explored GenScope
on their own already and may need an inspirational boost ... you're invited
too. Maybe you'll get some new ideas.