Biology Comes Alive at Wilson Magnet High School

T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education), November 1999 | Go to article overview

Biology Comes Alive at Wilson Magnet High School


With a commitment to progressive technology and a State Designation as a Science Magnet, Wilson Magnet High School in Rochester, New York is indeed a "magnet" to science-buffs. The school gives priority attendance to students from within its inner-city community, while also encouraging science-oriented students from other regions to apply. George Wolfe is a teacher of Advanced Placement Biology at Wilson Magnet. A recipient of the New York State Outstanding Biology Teacher Award with his own Homework Hotline public television show, George was eager to apply his creative teaching techniques to the SMART Board in the Spring of 1996.

Built-in Flexibility for True Multimedia Presentations

Prior to the arrival of the SMART Board, Wolfe used a LaserDisc player and a Macintosh to display images through a ceiling-mounted monitor. This setup offered little flexibility to either include or interact with other types of media. As such, Wolfe hoped the SMART Board would enable him to incorporate multimedia CD-ROMs into his regular lectures. He explains, "I envisioned that this product would allow me to have a picture of an amoeba on the Board and, with a touch of the nucleus, it would bring me to a video or a microscopic view of the material within the nucleus."

Wolfe has found the SMART Board to be the perfect tool to help him utilize his favorite multimedia software. …

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