Nautilus, a Valuable Site for Science Teachers

By Lillian Williams

Mrs. Lillian Williams is an award-winning, retired public school teacher of southern Illinois. She won a coveted Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. She is my mother.

Dr. Lillian Williams (author of this blog), with her mother, Mrs. Lillian Williams, a retired public school teacher.

Dr. Lillian Williams (author of this blog), with her mother, Mrs. Lillian Williams, a retired public school teacher.

For many years Mrs. Williams taught science at Dunbar Elementary School in East St. Louis, Illinois, where students won awards for science projects. Like many public school teachers, she would often purchase school supplies with her own money. She was determined to offer students a solid foundation in science.

Significantly for this blog, Mrs. Williams retired from teaching before the burgeoning digital media era. No doubt she would have incorporated online sites into her teaching/learning strategies, if they had been available. I believe that one such site would have been Nautilus.

Nautilus is a literary science magazine. Though the magazine charges a fee for its print edition, the online version is free. That means teachers can take full advantage of material offered through the website. Supported by the John Templeton Foundation, this publication exemplifies how the digital media era has widened the gates to news and information about science. Nautilus image

If you’re a science teacher, you might consider the wealth of teaching/learning possibilities for classroom discussions and research projects.

Take a look at recent topics:

  • Biology: Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming. Genetic engineering will one day create the smartest humans who have ever lived.
  • Astronomy: Don’t write off ET quite yet. It’s true that we haven’t seen alien life, but neither have we seen much of the universe.
  • Ecology: Art is Long, Science is Longer
  • Extraterrestrial Life: Can you ever really know an extraterrestrial?
  • Medicine: At death’s door, he was put on ice. How a new technology is resurrecting patients from what was once certain death.

Here’s how writer Curtis Brainard described Nautilus in the Columbia Journalism Review:

“It’s a well-balanced mix of interesting articles, essays, and multimedia reports by journalists and experts of various stripes. The single-topic structure is effective and the production value top-notch. “The online magazine is free,” [Dennis] Overbye noted in his review, “but even if it weren’t, it would be worth the price of admission….” A subscription to the print edition will cost $49 a year.”

Mrs. Williams, like many other retired teachers, would have jumped at the teaching and learning opportunities available through sites like Nautilus in this digital era.

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