Download background and full description of the inquiry lesson -- The Covid Conundrum [PDF] [Douglas Allchin, American Biology Teacher, Aug., 2020]
Download Lesson Notes -- short guide to images and student inquiry questions (the "script"). [Word doc] [or PDF]
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Teacher's Preface -- START HERE
- Nature of Science (or Scientific Practices) vs. Nature of Science-in-Society
- Communicating Science: Authentic Science vs. Imitators of Science
- Three domains of mediation in science communication
- ideals of science education
- START [title screen]: Covid & Credibility
- graph of covid pandemic cases
- February 27, 2020 map of covid cases
- preconceptions: bare shelves
- "Which scientific claims should you have trusted?"
- Possible remedies?
- fraudulent products: How do you detect fraud?
- Why/when do we trust?
- How serious was covid? Who do you believe and why?
- What is expertise?
- WHO, CDC as long-standing credible institutions
- Levitt's prediction
- failed prediction -- expertise not related to infectious diseases
- Possible cure?
- original HCQ study questioned
- deaths in Brazilian study indicate oversold false hope
- Levitt, advocate, Raoult -- experts?
- role of consensus of experts
- Thinking historically about trust
- Listening to and respecting experts?
Why so some people reject expertise?
- Claim: Covid caused by 5G telecommunications.
- maps of correlation
- more maps of correlation
- Concerns about high voltage towers, cell phones and cancer
- Anti-5G is good science?
- maps [reprise]
- high voltage tower [reprise]
- cell phones [reprise]
- promoted by celebrities: Woody Harrelson, Wix Khalifa, M.I.A., David Icke
- social networks
- false consensus
- vandalism of cell towers
- false theories
- Review: What have you learned?
- Real-world test Does mouthwash protect you?