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General STEM Resources

Annenberg Media Teacher Professional Development -
 Advancing Excellent Teaching in American Schools:  Annenberg Media uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. It is part of The Annenberg Foundationand advances the Foundation's goal of encouraging the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.  Annenberg Media's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. All Annenberg Media videos exemplify excellent teaching.   Annenberg Media resources can be accessed for FREE at Learner.org, or can be purchased through the Web site or by calling 1-800-LEARNER.

Exploratorium - Institute for Inquiry
 - The scientific process of asking questions and seeking answers serves as the foundation of the Institute for Inquiry®. The Institute provides a variety of workshops, forums, and resources to support an international community of scientists and educators dedicated to developing innovation and leadership in science education. 

Case-Study Resources - Case-based teaching has become popular as a method of delivering content that is relevant and challenging to students.  In addition, it provides answers to the question "Why do we need to know this?" by allowing students to become active participants in the teaching/learning process.  This website provides a wealth of designed and formatted scientific case studies that can be used for enrichment, extension, or cooperative group learning.  Please be advised, however, that some of the information in the cases have information not appropriate for high school students, so proceed with caution!  PROOFREAD ALL LESSONS YOU USE WITH STUDENTS BEFORE HANDING THEM OUT.

NOVA Teacher Resources Teachers can use streaming NOVA videos for class instruction.  At this website, each NOVA video is searchable by topic and broken down by chapter (approximately 6-10 minutes).  The content of the video clip is described and some even contain references to National Standards.  Unfortunately, there are no viewing guides/questions for the videos.  Perhaps, as teachers use these videos in class, a set of questions could be developed and shared.
 
Interactive Simulations from University of Colorado - Boulder (PhET) - PhET Interactive Simulations is an ongoing effort to provide an extensive suite of simulations to improve the way that physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math are taught and learned.   The simulations are interactive tools that enable students to make connections between real life phenomena and the underlying science which explains such phenomena.  Our team of scientists, software engineers and science educators use a research-based approach – incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing – to create simulations that support student engagement with and understanding of scientific concepts.

In order to help students visually comprehend thse concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons.  In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watchs, voltmeters and thermometers.  As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effects relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc…).

To ensure eduational effectiveness and usability, all of the simulations are extensively tested and evaluated.  These tests include student interviews in addition to actual utilization of the simulations in a variety of settings, including lectures, group work, homework and lab work.   Our rating system indicates what level of testing has been completed on each simulation.

All PhET simulations are freely available from the PhET website and are easy to use and incorpate into the classroom. They are written in Java and Flash, and can be run using a standard web browser as long as Flash and Java are installed.

Anatomy and Physiology

Human Anatomy Model, Anatomy Chart, Anatomical Chart - This particular website is fairly detailed and easy for students to navigate. It provides the same information found in standard anatomy textbooks by including illustrations of the feature with small clickable icons that name and describe the feature.  

Genes to Cognition On-line - This is a very sophisticated and fascinating new website created by the Dolan DNA Center, which is a pre-college education center found at Cold Spring Harbor.  The website includes an interactive 3-D model of the human brain.  In addition, each of the selected diseases listed on the website includes video interviews, text, and information regarding the science behind the selected diseases.  For an example, check out the following link on Alzheimer's disease.
 
BBC Human Body Interactive - This website allows students to place body parts in the male and female model.  In addition, it provides basic information for each of the body structures.

Biology


BioEdOnline - BioEdOnline is an online educational resource for educators, students, and parents. BioEd Online utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you instant access to reliable, cutting-edge information and educational tools for biology and related subjects. Their goal is to provide useful, accurate, and current information and materials that build upon and enhance the skills and knowledge of science educators. Developed under the guidance of their expert Editorial Board, BioEd Online offers the following high-quality resources.
  • Streaming Video Presentations - View timely presentations given by thought leaders on education in biology and related subjects, classroom management, science standards, and other issues in education. Presentation topics include content reviews for prospective biology teachers, content updates for experienced teachers, research lab technique demonstrations, inquiry science, and assessment. In addition, BioEd Online offers helpful presentations for teachers in training as they prepare for the classroom experience.

  • Slide Library - Customize exciting and relevant lesson plans and activities from hundreds of searchable slides developed by our Editorial Board and contributors. The slide library is updated regularly. Each slide is complete with talking points and references and can be downloaded into your own PowerPoint program for personal educational use as they prepare for the classroom experience.

  • Editors' News Picks - Stay current with science news selected by our Editorial Board. Check back each week for new science stories and related discussion questions to complement your ongoing science activities, and to stimulate an exchange of ideas in your classroom. All Editors' Picks are maintained in our archive for easy access whenever you need them.

BioEd Online is regularly updated with pertinent new slides in the slide library, presentations on breakthrough research, reviews, and virtual workshops on educational approaches and materials. Stay current with the latest research from top educators in the country by bookmarking BioEd Online for later use!


Evolution - The NEW Website from PBS serves as a clearinghouse for many of their other resources on the topic of Evolution.  

Cells and Genetics - This University of Utah website houses a great website for the topic of cells and genetics.  There are on-line activities with printed worksheets as well as in-class paper activities that demonstrate the structure of the cellular membrane.  If you are interested in incorporating new models and activities in to your classroom for this topic, it is a good place to start. Click on the top right hand active hot-link to access teacher materials and lesson plans to use with this website.

Broad Institute - Educational Outreach Opportunities.  The Broad Institute features field trip opportunities for High School Biology students.  Last year, the Broad provided transportation to and from the Broad Institute, as well as coordination with the MIT Museum.  The MIT Museum exhibits a unique spatial-kinesthetic learning model for Transcription and Translation, two central processes of protein production.  Book their program early in the year, space fills up quickly.  


Chemistry

American Chemical Society's High School Resources - Both students and teachers can benefit from the ACS comprehensive website.  You will find access to web resources, high school student programs, and information on the Chemistry Olympiad.

Star Biochem - MIT has produced a high quality molecular visualization software based on Java.  There are also sample lessons to be used.  StarBiochem is a 3D protein viewer that allows students to learn key concepts in structural biology in an interactive manner. This software allows for the visualization and manipulation of many of the Protein Data Bank (http://www.rcsb.org/) molecules in a 3D environment.

Molecular Workbench  This three-year project worked to enhance science and technology teaching in grades 10-14 by providing Molecular Literacy content in support of careers in biotechnology and nanotechnology. The project developed new materials that used highly interactive molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics models, and embed these models in learning activities that are appropriate for both core science courses and specialized courses teaching biotechnology and nanotechnology workplace competencies. In developing these materials, the Concord Consortium worked with its partner, Middlesex Community College, Bedford, Massachusetts, as well as  its feeder high schools, additional community colleges (including Roxbury Community College, Parkland College, and Wachusetts Community College), biotechnology and nanotechnology companies, and CORD, an educational non-profit in Texas, which provided national dissemination.

Flinn Scientific Chemistry Teacher Resources  Flinn Scientific has selected many chemistry websites which seem to provide access to some chemistry problems and on-line tutorials for students.


Environment


Plastics from Manufacturing to Recycling to Long Death in a Landfill 
- I thought this Materials Science article was an interesting view into what is happening to recyclable plastics.  

Physics

PIRA (Physics Instructional Resource Association - Join this group to have access to loads of on-line resources in teaching physics.  It includes videos, explanations of devices, worksheets, pictures/images for assessment items, demonstration instructions, and how to identify certain antique physics teaching apparati.  For access to the Wiki page, you have to set up an account.

Magnetic Movie from Semiconductor on Vimeo.

Physlets: On-Line Java Physics Applets  Instructors of Boston University's Physics course have created/collected physics programs that can demonstrate concepts simply.  They can serve as a quick and informal teaching tool (either before or after a laboratory experience) for the whole class or for 2 to 3 students working around a computer.

Beyond Instruction - Leadership Links

Project Kaleidoscope
 - This is an NSF funded Undergraduate Institution reorganization plan.  It has many ideas that might assist teachers, districts,  and regions  link and share best practices as well as move toward interdisciplinary learning.  They describe themselves as ...
"The PKAL approach to building community reflects the conviction that for communities to emerge, function, and flourish, those involved must come to a common awareness that the status quo is no longer defensible, and to know—intellectually, emotionally, and experientially—that something different had to happen in the arena of student learning in STEM fields. The PKAL approach involves providing multiple opportunities for people to come together—within departments and institutions, as well as across boundaries of discipline, geographic and sector of higher education—to begin to shape a common language around which visions, goals, and strategies could be explored and established."

National Association of Secondary School Principals 
- Originally responsible for creating the document "Breaking Ranks," there are some interesting resources here on the direction our nation's schools may be headed.

Data-Driven High School Reform - A document produced by Brown University - based upon the Breaking Ranks document.  




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