||Jan 05, 2005 by
Biology Editorial Board
||The Botanical Society of America (BSA) seeks to promote botany and its various
sub-disciplines. In addition to presenting information about the Botanical Society of America, this site provides educational resources such as definitions, images, and experiments for the classroom. The site is rich with links to specific pages covering many aspects of education and support for
botany. Some of the featured components include a definition of botany, public policy issues, award and grant opportunities, career opportunities, conferences and meetings, energy and conservation pages, officer and membership directories, online image galleries, publications, communications, section (subdiscipline) information, teaching and educational support, and manuscript submission. The online image galleries, in particular, include high-quality photographs of many botanical images including carnivorous plants, cellular communication, economic botany, floral ontogeny, lichens, mitosis, organography, paleobotany, phloem development, plant anatomy, plant defense mechanisms, plant geography, plant morphology, pollen, and xylem development. This site is an essential resource for networking with other botanists and provides materials that are accurate, up-to-date, and high quality for classroom and/or laboratory activities.
|Type of Material:
||Most of the material is text-based on sub-pages to the site. Many areas of the site include images as well as experiments, resources, links to external sites, and other sources of information and resources.
||The goal of the site is education. As an educational source for the lay adult, the site provides a rich set of resources and information about botany. As an educational source for students, the site contains demonstrations and experiments,resources and a good set of external links to additional useful information and resources.
||Most material is in HTML, PHP, ASP, or PDF, which are easily viewable in all Web browsers or with a plug-in. Some of the external sites (as links) have additional technical requirements such as Java machine,
Flash, and others.
|Identify Major Learning Goals:
||The site is a general professional organization site. As such, the learning objective is very broad, seeking simply to educate society and students about the field of botany.
|Target Student Population:
||As a general professional organization site, the target is broad and includes
the general adult population. This site also provides educational materials aimed at all levels of K-16.
|Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
||The site is geared towards the layman but does provide research materials, career opportunities, and a variety of resources for more advanced learners.