Biotechnology Instructional Materials Web Sites
Access Excellence, launched in 1993, is a "national educational program that provides high school biology and life science teachers access to their colleagues, scientists, and critical sources of new scientific information via the World Wide Web". This site was originally developed by Genetech Corporation. In 1999 Genentech donated the Access Excellence Website to the National Health Museum, a non-profit organization for health education. ACCESS EXCELLENCE has become the premier site for useful Biology and Biotech information written for the general reader. Included at this site is a series of well written and linked articles that discuss current science events; some practical information for teachers in the form of projects and experiments that can be adapted to the individual classroom; as well as a forum for sharing ideas and education materials with other educators.
"A guide to the best Biology and Chemistry Educational Resources on the web." This site is divided into distinct subject directories (for example: Biology, Chemistry, Teaching and Science). The directories are a list of links that direct you to sources of information. Each subject area also has a list of links to education related sites. These education sites generally have resources such as lab exercises or curriculum materials. BIOCHEMNET also has a list of links to free on-line Science News and journals.
This mission of this commercial site is to provide a source of communication between scientist professionals, businesses and organizations concerned with the life sciences. Their Educational Resources links are up-to-date and thorough. In addition to the educational links they have a range of links to different databases and to academic and research organizations.
THE BIOLOGY PROJECT (The University of Arizona)
The Biology Project, an "interactive online resource for learning biology", was developed at the University of Arizona. The Biology Project has been designed for biology students at the college and high school level, but is useful for medical students, physicians, science writers, and the interested public. The web site is divided into 8 general topics. Each topic includes links to problem sets and tutorials. This site contains on-line instructional materials rather than laboratory exercises. Teachers can assign problems sets for review before exams or may want to assign an activity before students cover that topic in their laboratory. Some sections are presented in Spanish.
Located at University of Texas at Austin, BioTech is a "hybrid biology/chemistry educational resource and research tool on the World Wide Web". BioTech is intended to be a learning tool that will attract students and enrich the public's knowledge of biology issues in the world today. This site is dedicated to providing information, as well as including links for further exploration targeted to post-secondary students, researchers, and faculty. The goal of the BIOTECH staff is to educate interested parties in biology and biotechnology while at the same time providing access to related resources. They maintain a list of Biology professionals that have agreed to respond individually to questions through e-mail.
This is the site of Iowa State University Educational Resources and includes an on-line newsletter The Iowa Biotech Educator. Included in this site are links to: Classroom Lab Activities; Biotechnology Curriculum Units; Bioethics case studies; ISU Courses and Seminars, Educational Funding - Grants, Scholarships, Competitions and other Support. Included in this site are numerous links to Biotechnology web sites. Iowa's State University also lists a series of on-line courses and workshops that are designed for the continuing education of teachers and educators.
THE BIOTECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM COLLECTION OF THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES (CCBC)
The Central Coast Biotechnology Center (CCBC) is committed to training a biotechnology workforce in the two-year colleges. This center is in the process of establishing itself as a clearing house and resource center for curricula from various sources. This site has a listing of material submitted by instructors in the biotech programs in the Community Colleges in California. The material ranges from laboratory exercises to module formats for biotechnology programs.
BioWeb is a "collaborative website produced by faculty members from 14 different University of Wisconsin System universities and centers". Their goal is to improve the quality of biology education at all of the UW-System institutions. It was created to help teach Introductory Biology in a more interesting and effective way. Its resources are free and available to everyone. This site consists of a series of resource links to useful web materials that can be used as tools for the teaching of life science related courses.
CELL BIOLOGY LABORATORY MANUAL
William H. Heidcamp Gustavus Adolphus College
Saint Peter, Minnesota, USA
This is an online laboratory manual in cell biology. "The exercises are organized into fifteen chapters and ten appendices dealing with topics that are considered fundamental to an appreciation of modern cell biology." Each section is divided into a series of laboratory exercises that are geared to the college level student. The exercises are at three levels. Level I exercises present fundamental concepts and utilize minimal techniques. Level I material is written so that any institution should have the equipment and the facilities to complete these exercises. Level II presents techniques and procedures that require more time and energy from the students and instructors. Level III meets the needs of advanced work and independent studies in the field. In addition, there are a lot of links to other useful commercial and education sites.
If you're looking for an active and colorful web site visit CELLS ALIVE!. This site has pictures and video microscopy of living subjects for educational and broadcast use. The CELLS ALIVE! stock video library includes footage related to microbiology, cell biology, aquatic protozoa, water-borne parasites, infectious disease, and immunology. The video images are active and demonstrate cell movement.
THE DNA LEARNING CENTER
This site is affiliated with The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and is dedicated to being a source for genes in education. It is primarily limited to the topic of DNA, but is able to cover this topic in great depth. It is designed to be an interactive tool to educate and demonstrate the intricacies of genetics and DNA chemistry. Their interactive tutorial DNA from the Beginning explores the science of DNA from the discovery to the most recent work in bioinformatics. This is an interactive site that has lots of demonstrative videos concerned with DNA and DNA methodology.
The EXPLORITORIUM is a unique museum founded in 1969 by noted physicist and educator Dr. Frank Oppenheimer. The museum's mission is "to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them." This site is developed to bring science information to the public. They cover a broad range of topics, some of which are biology related. The information is written for the general public and is easy to understand.
The Learning Studio's Ten Cool Sites links to numerous on-line activities for students and in-depth discussions of science topics. Search the site for Biotechnology and come up with some background information on numerous aspects of biotechnology from genes to food technology.
THE GENETIC SCIENCE LEARNING CENTER
The Genetic Science Learning Center site is sponsored by the University of Utah School of Medicine, the Eccles Institute of Genetics and the Utah Museum of Natural History. This is a project partnership between scientists and educators. It strives to provide teachers with information on genetic science as well as hands-on experiments to illustrate how DNA and genes relate to disease, forensics, conservation and more. Check out the Teaching activities for ideas on presenting material to the students.
Its links include information for Teachers with Activities, Experiments, and ideas for low-cost Equipment. They have hands-on experiments that are appropriate for the classroom or for individual student projects. These experiments are designed to help students understand the structure and function of DNA and enzymes using common household products.
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
This Centre is affiliated with the University of Reading, in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1985 is dedicated to Biotechnology education throughout England, Europe and the globe. It has gained an international reputation for the development of innovative educational resources at the pre-college level.
Check out the Protocols link, you can download some well organized, illustrated protocols that are easy to follow and use as well as easy to obtain materials. They have published a 52-page booklet Practical Biotechnology, that is available over the web or for direct purchase. The booklet contains practical protocols that are easy and inexpensive for schools, some of them are available for downloading directly off the web. They also will supply or give a supplier for many of the more difficult to obtain materials used in these protocols. (Their North American Supplier is Carolina Biological.)
This site is a valuable resource for in-depth features as well as published laboratory protocols.
This site is worth a visit! STUDY WEB describes itself as "Links to Learning". It is a categorized and reviewed directory of quality web sites rich in educational content. Although the intent is to provide primary and secondary educational resources, the list of links is so well annotated that one may choose sites that are directed to your needs. The descriptions include a review, the approximate grade level for the material and the source of the website. This list of links can be used by both students and educators for quick access to needed resources.
THE WOODROW WILSON NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATION
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF) is an independent, nonprofit organization that attempts to maximize human potential through education. The Foundation seeks to sponsor excellence in education and thus develop a new generation of leaders. Their web site contains CORE Institute modules, a new one each year. These modules are centered on biology and are designed for teachers and teacher education. They teach core concepts for the educator and associated curriculum and laboratory materials. Included in this site are laboratory exercises and background materials. This site is definitely teacher oriented, mostly for the high school level, with many opportunities for teacher-teacher interactions.
THE WORLD WIDE WEB VIRTUAL LIBRARY BIOTECHNOLOGY DIRECTORY
Cato Research, an independent contract research and development organization, maintains this site. It is a directory that contains over 1000 URLs of companies, research institutes, universities, sources of information and other directories specific to biotechnology, pharmaceutical development and related fields. Although this site is not directly education based, it does contain a number of useful links to resources that may provide useful, practical information.
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