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Comics as an Educational Resource To Teach Microbiology in the Classroom

    Authors: María Morel1, Nicolás Peruzzo2, Alejandro Rodriguez Juele2, Vanesa Amarelle1,*
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Microbial Biochemistry and Genomics, Institute of Biological Research Clemente Estable, Montevideo, Uruguay; 2: Bandas Educativas, Montevideo, Uruguay
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    • Received 09 August 2018 Accepted 11 December 2018 Published 26 April 2019
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    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Microbial Biochemistry and Genomics, IIBCE, Av. Italia 3318, Montevideo 11600, Uruguay. Phone: 598 (2) 487-1616, ext. 146., Fax: 598 (2) 487-5548. E-mail: [email protected]
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. April 2019 vol. 20 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v20i1.1681
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    Abstract:

    New educational resources are being implemented as an initiative to foster learning. In order to contribute to the toolkit of innovative educational resources, we developed a microbiology comic book. The aim of this comic is to provide educators with a fun, accessible, and rigorous way to generate awareness of the invisible world that surrounds us and that inhabits us. Bacteria have a reputation as harmful and disgusting entities. Mass media, with advertisements of disinfectants, soaps, and house cleaning products, are sending a distorted message about microbes. We must debunk these misconceptions and emphasize the importance of microorganisms, and particularly bacteria, in the environment and our lives. Education is the means to this end, and therefore this comic is intended to help educators teach microbiology in an attractive, accurate, and straightforward way. Here, we present this educational tool and give some tips on the different themes that can be addressed in the classroom using this resource.

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New educational resources are being implemented as an initiative to foster learning. In order to contribute to the toolkit of innovative educational resources, we developed a microbiology comic book. The aim of this comic is to provide educators with a fun, accessible, and rigorous way to generate awareness of the invisible world that surrounds us and that inhabits us. Bacteria have a reputation as harmful and disgusting entities. Mass media, with advertisements of disinfectants, soaps, and house cleaning products, are sending a distorted message about microbes. We must debunk these misconceptions and emphasize the importance of microorganisms, and particularly bacteria, in the environment and our lives. Education is the means to this end, and therefore this comic is intended to help educators teach microbiology in an attractive, accurate, and straightforward way. Here, we present this educational tool and give some tips on the different themes that can be addressed in the classroom using this resource.

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Bacteritown. The aesthetics of the city was inspired by biofilms, and its inhabitants exemplify Bacteria biodiversity (top panels). Using a zoom-out, Bacteritown is revealed as being located in a coffee table (bottom panels) showing the coexistence of the macro and micro worlds.

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Antibiotic resistance. By using sequential storytelling resembling ancient Greek pottery, the acquisition of antibiotic resistance is represented as a fight.

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