Sending Signals – Modeling How Cells Talk

Presenter - Keri Shingleton, Ph.D., Holland Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Friday, April 1st - 8:00am

During this workshop, participants will work explore cell communication using hands-on models of synapses. Participants will experience how using models to explore abstract concepts deepens student understanding and inquiry for students and provides opportunities for formative assessments of student understanding. Participants will also have opportunities to deepen and challenge their own conceptual understanding of cell communication by altering the biochemical events within the synapses. These changes will reflect what happens when synapses are disturbed by drugs, including both prescription and drugs of abuse, as well as some mental health disorders. Finally, ideas for three-dimensional summative assessments will be explored, including some examples of student work after experiencing learning through modeling synapses.