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The Virtual Science Lab: Open lessons for biology educators

Educators, learn how to use the Allen Institute's open data in your classroom with these webinars introducing our free educational materials.

These webinars include a scientific presentation by an Allen Institute scientist on the data used in the featured lesson, followed by a walkthrough of the lesson by its author.

These webinars are intended for educators to learn how to use the featured lessons with their students. We also offer webinars for students on career pathways in science. For more information, please see Behind the Scenes of Science.

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Neuroscience lesson webinars

The Building Blocks of the Brain

In this webinar, Kaitlyn Casimo demonstrates the Allen Institute's open lesson plan, "The Building Blocks of the Brain." In this lesson, students explore data from the Allen Human Brain Atlas and the Allen Cell Types Database to learn about concepts related to genetics and gene expression in the human brain. Luke Esposito of the Allen Institute for Brain Science presents a scientific introduction to the Allen Cell Types Database.

The lesson plan covered in this webinar is intended for advanced high school and college instructors teaching courses related to neuroscience or genetics.

A transcript of the Q&A, answers to additional attendee questions, and the option to ask more questions are available at the Allen Brain Map Community Forum.

Defining cell types by their electrophysiology

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In this webinar, Ashley Juavinett of the University of California, San Diego, demonstrates her open lesson plan, "Defining cell types by their electrophysiology." In this lesson, students conduct a short virtual lab using open data from the Allen Cell Types Database to learn about concepts related to electrophysiology and gene expression, and analyze that data using Python. Luke Esposito of the Allen Institute for Brain Science presents a scientific introduction to the Allen Cell Types Database.

The lesson plan and virtual lab covered in this webinar are intended for college instructors teaching intermediate to advanced courses related to neuroscience, genetics, and computer science.

A transcript of the Q&A, answers to additional attendee questions, and the option to ask more questions are available at the Allen Brain Map Community Forum.

Cell biology lesson webinars

Does Organelle Shape Matter?

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In this webinar, Carlos C. Goller of North Carolina State University demonstrates how to use his open lesson plan, “Does Organelle Shape Matter?” with your students. This lesson, developed in collaboration with Kaitlyn Casimo and Graham Johnson at the Allen Institute, uses open data resources from the Allen Institute for Cell Science to teach organelle morphology, analysis of large high-throughput cell datasets, and interpretation of cell image datasets. Kim Metzler of the Allen Institute for Cell Science presents a scientific introduction to the Allen Cell Explorer used in the lesson, which includes images of the Allen Cell Collection of cell lines.

This lesson is intended for college instructors teaching intermediate to advanced courses in cell biology, and may be adapted for students in advanced high school, introductory college, or graduate courses.

Educators are invited to ask more questions at the Allen Cell Discussion Forum.

Mitosis and Microscopy

In this webinar, Kaitlyn Casimo demonstrates the Allen Institute's open lesson plan, "Mitosis and Microscopy." In this lesson, students explore data from the Allen Cell Explorer to learn about mitosis and analysis of cell image data. Graham Johnson of the Allen Institute for Cell Science presents a scientific introduction to the Allen Cell Explorer and Allen Cell Collection of cell lines.

The lesson plan covered in this webinar is intended for intermediate/advanced high school and college instructors teaching courses related to cell biology. The lesson can be easily adjusted for students at different levels.

A transcript of the Q&A, answers to additional attendee questions, and the option to ask more questions are available at the Allen Cell Discussion Forum.

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A virtual laboratory on cell division using a publicly-available image database

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In this webinar, Eric Shelden of the Washington State University, demonstrates his lesson plan, "A virtual laboratory on cell division using a publicly-available image database." In this lesson, students conduct a completely online virtual lab on mitosis using live-cell imaging from the Allen Cell Explorer. Graham Johnson of the Allen Institute for Cell Science presents a scientific introduction to the Allen Cell Explorer and Allen Cell Collection of cell lines.

The lesson plan and virtual lab covered in this webinar are intended for college instructors teaching introductory to intermediate cell biology.

A transcript of the Q&A, answers to additional attendee questions, and the option to ask more questions are available at the Allen Cell Discussion Forum.

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