Wednesday, June 11, 2008

the intelligence of crows....by Joshua Klein (Ted talks)

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/261

Hi all. This is a link to a thought provoking video clip about the intelligence of crows. Basically, it looks at how crows have adapted to living near humans. I am planning to use it in biology class to elicit discussions about evolution which is a central theme in AP and IB biology. However, at another level it is an analogy of how we (especially me) can and need to adapt to the changing classroom climate and student population. Hope you enjoy it. ....peace, Doug....

5 comments:

Jeff Lewis said...

TED talks are the best. I find that there are amazing speakers and presentations here. This is a good reminder to visit often this summer and catch up.

Thanks Doug.

Dave Tarwater said...

Amazing Ted talk as usual. After viewing and contemplating this I vow never again to use the phrase, "eating crow". I can't wait to see how you will use this to spur discussion in your AP and IB Biology classes.

Max said...

MooMoo

Joseph Miller said...

What a great way to teach vocabulary too. The word synanthropes was new to me, but is no doubt meaningful. A project for biology students could be to research other synanthropes and design an experiment that parallels Klein's with crows. In other words, train some other species to do something useful for humanity. Students would have to understand the biological characteristics of the species and how they interact with humans to design the experiment. Cool video Doug!

Olivia said...

Interesting to know.