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BioEducate: K-12 Students and Teachers Resources

Animation Sites

BioVisions by Harvard UniversityBioVisions, by Harvard University

The continuing quest for new and more powerful ways to communicate ideas in biology is the focus of BioVisions at Harvard University.
  • DNAinteractive - Join their online teaching community and create personalized web pages and use the Lesson Builder tool. These features are only available to myDNAi members. Registration is Free! (Visit Website)
  • BioInteractive, from HHMI - HHMI, a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States. (View Website)
  • Biological Animations, by John Giannini, St. Olaf College, MN - Short animations of biological processes (View Website)
  • Biology Animation, from Carnegie Mellon University - Carnegie Mellon's Office of Technology for Education and Department of Biological Sciences create multimedia materials for teaching and learning Biology. (View Website)
  • Biology Videos, , from UT Southwestern STARS program, funded by HHMI. Videos on cell membranes, evolution, photosynthesis, and genetic diseases (in progress) are available. Ten to 15 chapters on each subject can be watched and downloaded for the classroom. (View Website)
  • Biology Animation Library, from Dolan DNA Learning Center - A collection of biology animations. (View Website)
  • CELLS alive! - Represents 30 years of capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research. (View Website)
  • Cell Biology Animations, by John Kyrk - A collection of cell biology animations (View Website)
  • Maxanimation - Animations in physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology (View Website)
  • BioVisions, from Harvard University - The continuing quest for new and more powerful ways to communicate ideas in biology is the focus of BioVisions at Harvard University. (View Website)
  • Sumanas, Inc. - Aiming to provide complete multimedia services for educational publishing and biotechnology. (View Website)
  • The Inner Life of a Cell, video by Robert Lue and Alain Viel, Harvard University (View Video)
  • The Virtual Cell - This project represents a multidisciplinary collaboration between students in Science, Computer Graphics, and World Language Classes at Coyle and Cassidy High School in Taunton Massachusetts. The students in advanced science classes design models and create the written text that will accompany them on the web. (View Website)
  • Virtual Cell Animation Collection, from North Dakota State University - This collection has been developed to introduce students to new concepts. By walking through the still images and movie included for each topic, viewers are in control of choosing the learning style that best fits their needs (View Website)

Image and Video Galleries

BioMediaBioMEDIA ASSOCIATES

BioMEDIA ASSOCIATES is a group of biologists, teachers, educational designers and film-makers who collaborate to make learning programs for biology.
  • The Cell: An Image Library™ - A freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes. The purpose of this database is to advance research, education, and training, with the ultimate goal of improving human health. (View Website)
  • Biology Videos - A collection of biology videos from Davidson College (View Website)
  • BioMEDIA ASSOCIATES - A group of biologists, teachers, educational designers and film-makers who collaborate to make learning programs for biology. (View Website)
  • Free Science Videos and Lectures - A Collection of free science videos and lectures (View Website)
  • Cellular Imaging Facility Core, by the University of Arizona - An on-line collection of images taken with a microscope. (View Website)
  • Inside the Cell, by NIH NIGMS - A science education booklet that explored the interior design of cells and vividly describes the processese that take place within its organelles and structures. (View Website)
  • Exploratorium - Creating tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits; a Web site with over 25,000 pages of content; film screenings; workshops for lifelong learners including day camps for kids and family investigations; evening art and science events for adults. We also create professional development programs for educators, and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. We share our exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide. (View Website)
  • ASCB Celldance - Open the eyes of the world to the best video and still images that illuminate the wonders of cell biology. (View Contest)
  • Bioscapes, from Olympus - Recognizing outstanding images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification, any illumination technique and any brand of equipment. (View Contest)
  • Imaging in Action, from MediaCybernetics - Celebrating imaging research. (View Contest)

Teaching Tools

K-12 Tools

  • AAAS Educators - A resource for K-12 science educators. (View Website)
  • APS Education Online - Educational activities at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels. (View Website)
  • Centre of the Cell - An educational charity dedicated to inspiring curiosity and learning by connecting science to everyday life. Presented by The Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK (View Website)
  • New York Science Teacher website - Resources for science labs, demonstrations, lesson plans, activities, worksheets, notes, regents review material, educational related information & more for students in levels K-12. (View Website)
  • NIH Office of Science Education - Free curriculum supplements for elementary, middle school and High school levels. (View Website)
  • Reachout Michigan - Lesson plans for K-12 biology classes. (View Website)
  • Science NetLinks - Lesson plans, tools, resources, and benchmarks for all grade levels. (View Website)
  • TeAchnology.com - A collection of cell biology lesson plans. (View Website)
  • WormClassroom.org - Intended to serve as an education portal for the research model organism Caenorhabditis elegans (C.elegans; within the field it is also known as the "worm"). (View Website)
  • Human Genome Project Information - Information regarding the US Department of Energy and the NIH Human Genome Project. (View Website)
  • ACTION BioScience - The American Institute of Biological Sciences promotes bioscience literacy. (View Website)
  • Advice for New Teachers - Article from Carl Weiman, physics Nobelist (Download .PDF)
  • Understanding Evolution - Teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. (View Website)
  • Understanding Science - Understanding Science communicates what science is and how it really works. (View Website)
  • GapMinder - Gapminder is a data visualization tool used in classrooms. Gapminder Desktop does not need an Internet connection for lecture or presentation. (View Website)

K-8 Tools

  • MSA, Project Micro - Providing microscopy teaching tools for middle schools. (View Website)
  • Introduction to Cell and Virus Structure - An article on relative sizes of organisms, cells and molecules, by Florida State University (View Website)
  • Exploring the Cell - An ASCB publication on what cells do, and how cell biologists study them. (Download .PDF)
  • Understanding Evolution - Teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. (View Website)
  • Understanding Science - Understanding Science communicates what science is and how it really works. (View Website)

9-12 Tools

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Free educational, and career resources for students.

  • 4Teachers.org - Works to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom by offering online tools and resources. (View Website)
  • Bio-Link - Free educational, and career resources for students. (View Website)
  • Bioliteracy Project - Aiming to develop and distribute tools to assess whether students are learning what teachers think they are teaching. (View Website)
  • The Biology Project - An online interactive resource for learning biology, by The University of Arizona. (View Website)
  • BioScience Educational Network - Provides access to education resources from BEN Collaborators and is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). (View Website)
  • Dolan DNA Learning Center - Cold Spring Harbor Labs has a wealth of learning resources and sponsors field trips, summer camps and teacher workshops (View Website)
  • Genetics Education Center - University of Kansas site for teachers interested in human genetics and the human genome project. (View Website)
  • How Cells Divide - An article about mitosis and meiosis from PBS (View Article)
  • Molecular Literacy Project - Enhancing science teaching in grades 10-14 by developing interactive learning activities appropriate for core science courses and specialized courses teaching biotechnology (View Website)
  • National Association of Biology Teachers - More than 9,000 educators have joined to share experiences and expertise with colleagues from around the globe; keep up with trends and developments in the field; and grow professionally. (View Website)
  • National Association of Health & Science Education Partnerships - Devoted to improving pre-college health and science education, has links to colleges and universities across the US that sponsor high school biology field trips and summer learning opportunities for students and teachers. (View Website)
  • National Health Museum - Resources for teaching. (View Website)
  • NIH Curriculum Supplements - Cell Biology resources, and curriculums for grades 9 - 12. (View Website)
  • Putting DNA to Work - The National Academy of Sciences Marian Koshland Museum of Science (View Website)
  • Yahoo Cell Biology Directory (View Directory)
  • zeroBio - Online biology quiz and games site by Canadian high school teacher Elliot Kimmel. (View Website)
  • Understanding Evolution - Teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. (View Website)
  • Understanding Science - Understanding Science communicates what science is and how it really works. (View Website)
  • NIH Curriculum Supplement Series on Evolution and Medicine - Students explore evolutionary principles and learn how evolution informs human health, biomedical problems, and disease treatment. (View Website)

Microscopy Education

MicroscopyMicroscopy U

A resource for Microscopy Education, and important topics for understanding the microscopes.
  • Microscope School Activities - The basic information for anyone starting out in microscopy, and advanced information for more sophisticated topics and specialized information. (View Website)
  • The Compound Microscope - Resources for understanding the basic parts of a microscope. (View Website)
  • K-12 Education Sites, by The University of Arizona - A collection of categorized K-12 educational sites on microscopy (View Website)
  • Microscope Activities for K-12 - A listing of Microscope activities aimed at K-12 students. (View Website)
  • Microscopy & Optics on the Fun Science Gallery, by Giorgio Carboni - A Gallery of fun scientific experiments (View Website)
  • Microscopy-UK - A UK hobbyist site with free resources for enthusiast microscopists, students and all. (View Website)
  • GreatScopes - Quality instruments for everyone from homeschoolers to hobbyists. (View Website)
  • MicroscopeWorld - Entry-level compound and stereoscopic microscopes and video equipment (View Website)
  • Microscopy U, by Nikon - A resource for Microscopy Education, and important topics for understanding the microscopes. (View Website)
  • Microscopy Resource Center, by Olympus - Interactive Java tutorials designed to simplify and explain complex topics in microscopy, optics, digital imaging, and photomicrography. Each tutorial explores an individual topic and takes advantage of powerful Java technology to create interactive features that allow the visitor to change parameters and observe how this affects the phenomenon being studied. (View Website)

Active Learning Resources

  • Active Learning: Web by Design - Links from IUPUI to interactive, educational Web sites that help you incorporate the Internet into your active learning environment. (View Website)
  • Creating Successful Group Assignments - The University of Oregon outlines how to create effective group projects. (View Website)
  • Wikipedia's Active Learning Page (View Wiki Page)

Biology Course Materials

Biology ResourcesHippoCampus.org

A free, public website for high school and college students that offers NROC multimedia correlated to most major textbooks.

K-12 Materials

  • Biology in Motion - Dr. Saul's interactive biology learning activities. (View Website)
  • My Science Box (Genetics) - Complete lesson plans to teach a 4-6 week middle school science units through activities, projects, and field trips. (View Website)
  • My Science Box (Physiology) - Complete lesson plans to teach a 4-6 week middle school science units through activities, projects, and field trips. (View Website)

High School Materials

  • AP Biology I: National Repository of Online Courses - This curriculum covers all of the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare students to pass the AP* Biology exam. (View Website)
  • AP Biology II: National Repository of Online Courses - This curriculum covers all of the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare students to pass the AP* Biology exam. (View Website)
  • Biology Binder - This site includes notes / study guides, interactive quizzes, online activities, printable labs / worksheets, and numerous science links relating to all biology topics. (View Website)
  • CellServ - Innovative, inexpensive self-contained kits for unique hands-on laboratory experiences and instruction in biology, genetics, cancer, and biotechnology, from Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc., NIH (View Website)
  • Gallant's Biology Stuff - 11th, 12th and AP Biology course outlines, lab materials and graphics from Trevor Gallant, Kennebecasis Valley HS, New Brunswick, Canada (View Website)
  • Hippocampus Site - A free, public website for high school and college students that offers NROC multimedia correlated to most major textbooks (View Website)
  • Lab Bench Main - High school biology lab exercises, from Pearson Education, Inc. (View Website)
  • MOLO Molecular Logic - Enhancing biology courses with guided explorations of powerful atomic and molecular computational models. (View Website)

Lesson Plans

  • Biology Lessons - Lessons for teaching biology to prospective elementary school teachers will be posted at this site. These lessons were developed in a biology course (Natural Sciences 412C, Process and Inquiry in the Life Sciences) for senior Liberal Studies majors at San Diego State University. The lessons can readily be adapted by practicing teachers for use in elementary school classrooms. (View Website)
  • Lesson Plans Inc. - Offers life & physical science teachers curriculums that are aligned to state & national standards. (View Website)
  • Discovery Education - Combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Free lesson plans written by teachers for teachers. Here you will find hundreds of original lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students. (View Website)

Additional K-12 Links

  • Bio in Elementary Education - A source of tested, hands-on class room activities. (View Website)
  • Science Spot - A resource for middle school teachers and students! (View Website)
  • Real Science for Kids - A comprehensive science curriculum geared towards the elementary grade levels. (View Website)
  • Surfnet Kids - Resources for students and teachers. (View Website)
  • Science-Class.net - Resources for elementary and middle school science educators. (View Website)
  • PLoS Biology - An open-access, peer-reviewed general biology journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. New articles are published online weekly; issues are published monthly. (View Website)
  • NCSU Teacher Lesson Plans - Lesson plans for teachers. (View Website)
  • Science Mini Lesson - A collection of science mini-lessons. (View Website)
  • ProTeacher Directory - A list of resources for teachers. (View Website)
  • Continuing Education for K-12 Teachers - Getting an online master’s degree (View Website)

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