MIT OpenCourseware Biology

Here’s the link: MIT OpenCourseware Biology

Here’s their blurb:

We have selected relevant material from MIT’s introductory courses to support students as they study and educators as they teach the AP* Biology curriculum. This section is organized by the topics that you’ll see on the biology exam.

MIT’s collection of video, audio, problem sets, and exam questions provide a good review for mainstream biology teachers and can be adapted for on-level resources.  While the average biology student would struggle with this material, it provides a good starting point for teachers.

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Actionbioscience

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.