Actionbioscience, maintained by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, features articles and links on “what’s hot” in the field of biology.  There are sections on a variety of topics, but the ones featured on the main site are very buzzworthy: biodiversity, environment, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, and science policy.  Students, teachers, and the general public would benefit from reading the articles found on the site.

Below is a screen shot of the article “Looking for Life on Mars and Beyond”

actionbiosciI really like how the articles on this site have the main text in black with a summary of each paragraph in blue.  This would be very helpful for students who struggle with reading comprehension or looking at the “big idea” from an article.  I will have to find some articles that align with what I am teaching and use them as reading assignments in future lessons.  There is also an educator resources section of the site that offers lesson plans.

Biology Online

bioonlineBiology Online is a life science reference site that features sections for forums, dictionary, articles, tutorials, and directory of internet sites.  I find that the dictionary is the most useful area of the website.  Without a textbook to refer to, my students struggle finding scientific definitions to their vocabulary words.  I direct them to this site because I know the definitions they find here will be in terms of biology.  General dictionary sites give non-scientific meanings to words that can be confusing.  I also enjoy exploring the directory of internet sites which has many subcategories and offers content on every aspect of biology.

Physics 4 Kids

physics4kidsI’m a big fan of simplicity, and if information is presented simply enough for children, there’s a good chance I’ll understand it, too.  Even though this site’s target audience is younger students, I think Rader’s Physics4Kids is a very valuable site.  It presents several difficult concepts in plain, easy to read language.  I often refer to this site when I need assistance explaining a tricky idea to a student.

Physics Central

physicscentralPut on by the American Physics Society, Physics Central is a fun place to explore everything physics.  As a physics teacher, it’s important to keep an ear to the current physics news.  This site sorts news and currents stories by physics topic.  The “Ask & Experiment” section offers some fun activities and interactions. is great starting place on the web.  The site has several sections: Explore, Discover, Study, Careers, and Physics News.  It’s created by the Institute of Physics, but puts much more user-friendly face on physics information.  Content can be searched by age and knowledge level.

I’m a big fan of their “Marvin and Milo” cartoon series (because science should be cute!):