November 15, 2016 (Vol. 36, No. 20)
Strong Points: Easy to find resources and information
Weak Points: None
As any scientist can attest, data collection can be a long and often tedious process. Although a necessary part of any good research, long bouts of data collection can detract from classroom settings, where students need to be engaged and interested over a short period of time in order to learn. The Concord Consortium aims to bridge this gap through technology. They have created models and simulations for topics like genetics and molecular biology, and have software packages available for teaching students difficult subjects like statistics and data analysis. The website is a great resource for STEM educators looking to streamline their lab periods or introduce more technology into the classroom, and provides access to tools developed by the group. The Concord Consortium is an excellent source for technology and software to help students stay focused and engaged in science class.