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Biology is the study of living orgared-eyed-frogsnisms, from the smallest bacteria to giant sequoias.    Biologists use observation and experimentation to gain an understanding about the natural world.  Branches of biology include anatomy, biotechnology, botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, and zoology.   Many people entering the field of biology become specialized in a particular area.

As a course, biology encompasses four main themes:

1.  The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life
2.  Biological systems utilize free energy to grow, reproduce, and  maintain life functions
3.  Living systems store and transmit information essential to life processes
4.  Biological systems interact with each other, and those interactions possess complex properties.

The Biology Corner is a resource site for biology and science teachers and students.  It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests, and information on science topics for all levels, including introductory life science and advanced placement biology.    You can find lessons related to biology topics in the links  listed under “topics” on the sidebar as well as specific curriculum for biology classes taught in high school.

About Me

My name is Shannan Muskopf and I am a teacher at Granite City High School, in a town outside of St Louis.  I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Educational Technology.  I teach biology, AP biology, anatomy, and physics.

My experience with both science and technology is quite eclectic.  I love all things technology and when the internet first became a big deal in the late 1990’s, I looked at it as a great opportunity to find resources and collaborate with colleagues.   I’m constantly amazed at how far technology has advanced in such a short period of time.

I started with a group of pages with content knowledge, printable guides, and some interactive quizzes.  Now, the world seems to be moving toward handheld devices that can access the whole of human knowledge.   It’s enough to make teachers wonder what their place is in this world.   While the knowledge is there, certainly young adults need help sorting through the information, and then synthesizing and evaluating what they know.   I am now looking to adapt lessons and strategies to utilize technology in more effective ways.

Biologycorner will also need to change, but I’m looking forward to learning how to create mobile pages and aps.  The pages I created were mainly designed to help students and teachers supplement their classroom lessons.  The majority of the worksheets and articles can be printed (or just viewed online).  I plan to add more mobile content and adjust my curriculum to match new Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.   In the future, I hope to add more interactive content, or apps that work on devices that can improve student success.

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