College Board Example List – AP Biology Resources

New Product Review: OpenStax Biology for AP Courses

OpenStax AP BiologyLearning List has reviewed OpenStax’s Biology for AP Courses. This c­­­­­­­omprehensive, open education resource (OER) resource supports Advanced Placement (AP) Biology instruction at the high school level. Resources are available online and may be downloaded as an interactive PDF. Instruction covers the content for an introductory college-level biology course with an emphasis on ensuring resources address the College Board’s course framework for AP Biology. [Read more…]

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New Review: Bedford, Freeman, & Worth’s (BFW) Principles of Life, 2nd Edition, for the AP Course

BFW's Principles of Life, 2e, AP BiologyLearning List has reviewed print materials for Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Principles of Life, 2nd Edition, for the AP Course. This is a comprehensive product to support instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Biology courses.  Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online resources. Instruction is inquiry-based and addresses the central themes of biology (e.g., evolution, biological systems). The course promotes in-depth understanding of concepts and the application of content to real-world problems.

Principles of Life opens with a preface that introduces students to the big ideas and science practices for AP Biology and the course features that will help students master content and prepare for the AP exam.  The text’s first chapter is titled “Principles of Life” and provides an overview of the scientific method and the study of biology.  Subsequent content is organized in parts that address overarching concepts (e.g., cells, evolution, animal form and function). Each part is made up of chapters that address components of the overarching concept (e.g., cell membranes and signaling, speciation, breathing).

Chapters are organized around “Key Concepts” and each Key Concept is addressed in a chapter section.  For example, a chapter addressing circulation includes sections titled “Circulatory Systems Can Be Open or Closed” and “A Beating Heart Propels the Blood.” Chapters include “Apply the Concept” and “Investigation” exercises.  Apply the Concept presents rea-world scenarios (e.g., “Gene expression and morphogenesis) and ask students to evaluate research data and draw conclusions. Investigations presents a figure that clarifies the process of scientific inquiry in the context of the chapter’s content. Chapters end with concise summaries of each Key Concept.

 

About BFW*

 BFW believes that what happens in the classroom matters, and that a good class, a good teacher, and good content have the power to change the world—one student and one idea at a time. BFW products have long been best-sellers for AP courses. Now, in response to the needs of teachers across the country, BFW offers materials for Common Core, elective courses, and on-level programs aligned to NGSS.

 

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from BFW.

 

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New Review: McGraw Hill’s Biology (AP Edition) by Raven and Johnson

MH: Raven AP BiologyLearning List has reviewed the 11th edition of McGraw Hill’s Biology: AP Edition (Raven).  This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Biology courses. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction emphasizes evolution and scientific inquiry, while integrating concepts in cellular and molecular biology and genomics. A lab manual is not provided; teachers may access “AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach” from the College Board at no cost (www.collegeboard.com).

Raven Biology presents content in two types of chapters. “Essential Knowledge” chapters cover the essential content identified in the College Board’s course framework for AP Biology, and “Extending Knowledge” chapters extend students’ understanding using illustrative examples and applications of content. Chapters include critical thinking activities, such as “Inquiry Questions,” “Data Analysis” prompts, and “Scientific Thinking” textboxes. High quality visual elements, including three-dimensional illustrations, help students understand difficult concepts.

Course eBooks have highlighting, bookmarking, and note taking tools. Additional online resources for Raven Biology include SmartBook adaptive reading materials, ONboard interactive learning tools, and SCOREboard adaptive review resources. SmartBook and other online resources are housed in McGraw Hill’s Connect learning management system (LMS), which contains an online gradebook that enables teachers to create or import class rosters, create assignments, monitor progress, and communicate with students.

About McGraw Hill Education*

At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching. Our mission is to accelerate learning through intuitive, engaging, efficient and effective experiences – grounded in research.

Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. The solutions we develop help educators impart their knowledge to students more efficiently. We believe that harnessing technology can enhance learning inside and outside of the classroom and deepen the connections between students and teachers to empower greater success.

By partnering with educators around the globe, our learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and increase engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from McGraw Hill Education.

 

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New Review: Trunity Integrated Concepts in Biology (ICB)

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Learning List has reviewed Trunity Integrated Concepts in Biology (ICB). ICB is a comprehensive product that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Biology courses. Content is available in digital format. Instruction is organized around ICB’s “5 Big Ideas” of biology: information, evolution, cells, emergent properties, and homeostasis. Each Big Idea is examined across a 5-level “Hierarchy”: molecules, cells, organisms, populations, and ecological systems.

Each chapter begins with a short overview of content, a table that locates content in terms of the biology Big Ideas and Hierarchy, a list of learning objectives, and questions that frame the titles for each chapter section (e.g., “What is the difference between stem cells and cancer cells?”). Chapter sections begin with a set of statements that summarize the (1) context (e.g., “Populations of cells perform different tasks within multicellular organisms.”), (2) major themes (e.g., “Cell structure relates to function…”), and (3) “Bottom line” (e.g., “Multicellular organisms contain various systems, each with populations of cells that perform specific functions.”) of what students will learn.

Most chapters include one or more Bio-Math Explorations (BMEs) and Ethical, Legal, Social Implications (ELSIs) features. BMEs develop quantitative reasoning, modeling, and data analysis skills in the context of biology. ELSIs are case studies and articles that ask students to consider the real-world ethical, legal, and social implications of biology. For example, a chapter titled “Evolutionary History” includes an ELSI addressing “Eugenics Yesterday and Today.”

About Trunity*

The Trunity eLearning Platform, using cloud-based technology, seamlessly integrates content creation, digital textbooks, and courseware solutions. The award-winning textbook content featured on the platform is delivered in a single, robust, interactive digital learning environment, simplifying access, course creation, and delivery.

For students, the textbooks featured on the Trunity eLearning Platform create a captivating educational experience, incorporating dynamic and interactive rich media content within a social and collaborative learning environment.

The powerful learning platform allows teachers to quickly and easily customize premium Trunity course content, organize course flow, and manage the course learning environment.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Trunity*

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New Review: McGraw-Hill’s Mader Biology (Mader & Windelspecht), 12th Edition

[Source: McGraw Hill]

[Source: McGraw Hill]

Learning List has reviewed McGraw Hill’s Mader Biology (Mader & Windelspecht), 12th Edition. This comprehensive resource supports instruction in high school Advanced Placement (AP) Biology courses. Resources are available in print and eBook formats with additional online components. Instruction is inquiry-based and focuses on developing students’ understanding of biology concepts as well as critical thinking and communication skills.

Mader Biology integrates the College Board’s “Big Ideas” and Science Practices for AP Biology. The text begins with a preface (i.e., chapter 1) titled “A View of Life” that introduces students to the study of biology, the AP Big Ideas for the course, the AP science practice skills, and the scientific method. Chapters begin with a set of essential questions that frame content and reference the relevant essential knowledge statements in the course framework (e.g., “How have humans manipulated plants to better serve our needs? 1.C.2.b”) and a “Following the Big Ideas” feature that highlights the Big Idea addressed by content.

Additional online resources for Mader Biology include SmartBook adaptive reading materials, OnBOARD interactive learning tools, and ScoreBOARD adaptive review resources.

  • SmartBook adaptive reading materials highlight important information in the text and present practice questions at key points in the reading.
  • ONBoard for AP Biology provides self-paced modules that support introduction to and/or the review of content.
  • SCOREBoard for AP Biology is an adaptive test preparation program that provides self-study resources to help students prepare for AP exams.

About McGraw Hill Education*

At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching. Our mission is to accelerate learning through intuitive, engaging, efficient and effective experiences – grounded in research.

Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. The solutions we develop help educators impart their knowledge to students more efficiently. We believe that harnessing technology can enhance learning inside and outside of the classroom and deepen the connections between students and teachers to empower greater success.

By partnering with educators around the globe, our learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and increase engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from McGraw Hill Education.

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Why College Board is Redesigning the AP Course Frameworks

In case you missed the announcement at the APAC conference  last month, Learning List and the College Board have partnered to provide detailed, independent reviews of Advanced Placement (AP) materials. For each material, Learning List provides three independent reviews, including a detailed review of the material’s alignment to the Learning Objectives and Skills/Practices in the course framework.

The College Board will use Learning List’s reviews to select materials for the Example Textbook Lists for AP math, science and social studies courses.  A material’s inclusion on an Example Textbook List means that the material has some degree of alignment to the course framework; it does not mean that the material is aligned to 100% of the course framework.  This table shows the alignment of materials included on the AP Calculus, Computer Science Principles and World History Example Textbook Lists.

Alignment %s

Learning List’s detailed alignment reports help educators quickly identify (1) the specific Learning Objectives and Skills/Practices to which the material is and is not aligned, and (2) for standards to which the material is aligned, specific pages/lessons that present all the knowledge and skills the standard requires.

This blog post is the first of a series that Learning List will publish to help educators understand the underlying philosophy and components of the course frameworks, as well as trends observed from reviewing AP materials.

pullout of AP BlogIn 2009, the College Board began a 15 year process of replacing the amorphous “course descriptions” for AP courses with far more detailed course frameworks.  The goal of the course frameworks is to strike a balance between depth of understanding and breadth of content coverage.  

The frameworks reflect feedback from a diverse group of tenured college faculty and department chairs, AP teachers, Discipline Leaders, Academic Organizations, Cognitive Scientists and the public.  The Understanding by Design instructional model and Evidence-Centered Design research serve as the foundation for the new frameworks which specify what students must now and be able to demonstrate on the AP exam.

The courses integrate a set of skills and practices within the content, include a clear articulation of required learning objectives, and provide flexibility to include the kind of in-depth learning experiences that will prepare students for success in college coursework.  

Over the last several years, course frameworks have been developed for AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics I & II, US History, European History, Art History, Human Geography, Seminar and Research courses.  New frameworks for Calculus AB and BC, World History courses and a new Computer Science Principles course will be implemented for the first time this school year.

A subsequent blog post will explain the core components of the redesigned frameworks.

 

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