Teaching Cell Biology and Cancer Using Nearpod in a 9th-12th grade Biomedical Class


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(Eberman, 2016)

The Context for My Lesson

This lesson was developed for 9th-12th grade Biomedical Technology. This course combines Biology and the medical field. Before the lesson, I will give a brief overview of the cell cycle. I expect them to have already take Biology and to have some knowledge of the parts of the cell and mitosis. My students are in secondary school in grades 9th-12th. They will need to know how cells function in the body to understand the process of cancer and how it damages cells. Learning the foundations of cell biology prior to the lesson will help students understand cancer more efficiently.

The Standard(s) this Lesson Meets

The standard this lesson will meet is 5.00- Understand Cell Biology and Cancer, 5.01- The Faces of Cancer. This phase initiates the major topic that will be studied and purpose to grasp student interest. Students will become mentally engaged in the topic of cancer and begin to think about previous experiences. Students will actively explore the cell cycle and growth control in normal and abnormal cells.

The Media or Technology I am Integrating

Free Choice Lesson: “The Faces of Cancer”. You will need to have created an account and use code: FADMH to enter the live lesson or self paced. Remember, for this link to work, you have to have created a Nearpod profile. Since you have to have a Nearpod login to log onto the site, I am creating a video tutorial on how to use Nearpod from the teachers perspective and from the students perspective in live view. To view the lesson on YouTube on how Nearpod works, please click the following link: Nearpod Tutorial.  I am using Nearpod as an addition to the lesson rather than lecture method. I will use Nearpod as an interaction tool where students can follow along and engage in the classroom environment. The way Nearpod works is it allows you to engage, create, and assess that is easily customized for teachers. Students are able to view the lesson in live form where they enter a code and can’t proceed until the teacher clicks the next page or self paced where they can view the presentation on their own. In Nearpod, you can create or download interactive media presentations, share you interactive lesson and control student activity in real time, your students interact and submit responses through any device, and monitor and measure student results. Also with Nearpod, you have the option to monitor your students by observing classroom activity and easily control student devices. Another benefit of Nearpod is that it can be used for distant learning. So if a student is out sick, they won’t miss a lesson and can view it live from home or at their own pace.

Students will work with assets in which will allow them to think using 21st century learning which involves communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Students will use these interactive resources to learn the cell cycle, how to define abnormal or normal cancer cells, types of cancer as well as stages of cancer. By having the opportunity to use Nearpod as a resource; visual, tactile, and auditory all will have the opportunity to learn using their learning style.

The Rationale for Integrating the Media or Technology into this Lesson

Nearpod is a great way to integrate any lesson due to it being so versatile. For example, you can include slideshows, videos, PDF, live twitter stream, audio, Nearpod field trip, web content, polls, quizzes, open ended questions, fill in the blank, memory test, and draw it. Rather than using worksheets or other assessments, by using Nearpod it will all you to use this media to assess and refresh their memory in an interactive and engaging way.

Students will enjoy exploring Nearpod because not only can they follow along with their teacher, they can do so at their own pace with the use of the code given by the instructor.  As Dr. Arsham pointed out, “A good interactivity is hinged on the mainstreaming of instructors with their specialized background, getting into more generalized leadership roles” (Arsham, 2015). Stanford Medical School states “one approach to interactive learning, sometimes referred to as the “flipped classroom,” is an holistic methodology that employs both online and classroom strategies to boost student engagement and mastery of content” (Stanford Medical School, 2014. The goal of integrating media into the classroom does just that, allows students to master the content, specifically in this lesson, cancer and cell biology.


The Integration of the Media or Technology Into the Lesson

In this lesson, I will integrate Nearpod. Nearpod will allow me to merge my lesson on Cell Biology and Cancer as an interactive resource to involve my students interest in their learning. I will begin the lesson with giving my students the code to enter the lesson of Cancer and Cell Biology on Nearpod.com. By joining the lesson, it gives students the opportunity to follow along on their laptops or smart phone. At the beginning of the lesson, each student will view each PowerPoint. The first objective is cancer types, incidence, pre-disposition, and risk factors. Objective two will cover causes and development of cancer. The third objective will cover genetic damage and mutation and the fourth objective discusses what can improve personal and public health. Next, students will view in class as a group, the Amoeba sisters: Cancer an the Cell Cycle. Following this video will be Developing Cancer and Cancer Treatment: chemotherapy. As an independent assignment, students will watch the inspirational video made by Relay for Life and an Animated Introduction to Cell Biology. For homework, they will read the article “How to Prevent Cancer and Find it Early”, Kinds of Cancers, Top Ten Cancers, and write a one page summary of what they have read. The following day, we will discuss what they read and take a mini quiz which includes one discussion question. The discussion question reads as follows: Have you or anyone in your life been affected by cancer? If so, how? If not, explain how you think a family would deal or cope with a family member with cancer? What advice could you give to show empathy?

My Evaluation of the Media or Technology Integration

In my lesson, I chose to integrate my Free Choice using Nearpod example as a way to inhibit students who are 21st century learners. I began by providing students with an slideshows on Cell Biology and Cancer. From there I introduced the Free Choice-Nearpod lesson and once students watched the videos and took their quiz, we discussed it as a class.  I feel as though this method will help my students in learning by getting them to think critically by exploring Understanding Cell Biology and Cancer according to the NC DPI standards.

I believe this media integration will help my specific students in 9th-12th grade Biomedical course by jolting their minds by using media and technology as a tool for an extension of the higher order of thinking process. Some of the ways media integration doesn’t work is the actual teacher and student learning experience. The teacher facilitates learning through media in which media cannot do.Media won’t every be able to take complete control of a classroom.Teachers or facilitators are there to implement the content and connect the dots with understanding the new content material. Doing so will give the teacher different ways to connect media resources to standards outlined by the NC DPI. Under the standard 5.00 Understand Cell Biology and Cancer in Biomedical Technology, The Faces of Cancer are covered under 4.01.


Animated Introduction to Cancer Biology (Full Documentary). (2013)                          Retrieved July 22, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?                      v=46Xh7OFkkCE

Cancer Treatment: Chemotherapy.(2012) Retrieved July 22, 2016, from                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKIRWY-LMYc

How to Prevent Cancer or Find It Early. (2016). Retrieved July 22, 2016,                     from http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/index.htm

Interactive Education. (n.d.). Retrieved July 22, 2016, from                                             http://home.ubalt.edu/ntsbarsh/interactive.htm

Interactive Learning. (n.d.). Retrieved July 22, 2016, from                                               http://med.stanford.edu/smili/interactive-learning/

Relay For Life – Paint Your World Purple.(2015) Retrieved July 22, 2016,                     from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTewlXoIxcY

The Cell Cycle and Cancer.(2013). Retrieved July 22, 2016, from                                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpAa4TWjHQ4

Types of Cancer and Their Symptoms. (2015)Retrieved July 22, 2016, from               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nLrVxNlOUE


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