The Online Forum
Unique to the curriculum, BioCONECT exploits
teenagers’ love of computers, texting and
messaging. Via the twin’s online forum, students
help the twins work through the scienti!c and
psychological issues that arise from a breast cancer
diagnosis. By answering the twin’s questions, such
as “why does mom need so many tests?” and “what
does a gene have to do with cancer?,” students
broaden their knowledge of biology, genetics and
cancer. The forum is safe, easy to use and can be
adapted to any classroom. Teachers can monitor
the forum by using student usernames.
Students not only post in the
online forum, but they also create
virtual presentations on breast
cancer diagnostic tools using wiki
technology. Wikis are an online
directory that can be edited by a
group, and o"er a unique way to
display and present information.
Teachers can monitor the extent of
group work by assessing external
access to the wiki pages.
"I didn't know anything about cancer before this. All I knew was that it was scary and people usually die. I didn't know why it happened and what cancer patients actually go through. Now that I do know more about cancer, I feel comfortable talking about it."
- Diana, pilot-test student