Biotechnology Teacher Resources Online
|Courtesy of Jeanne Smith, Olympic High School|
We have compiled a list of online resources, including animation, images, video and audio files to help North Carolina science teachers enhance their lesson plans.
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|Agriculture in the Classroom: Teacher Center||
AITC's Teacher Center provides a wide variety of information and resources for teachers, including lesson plans, state by state facts, and much more. They are also the publisher of an E-zine for educators called AgroWorld.
|Agriculture in the Classroom||Lesson plans||Agriculture, Food|
|Animal Biotechnology: The Movie||
Animal Biotechnology and Genomics is a half-hour movie on various topics related to animal biotechnology. Accompanying fact sheets are provided.
|University of California, Davis||Video||Agriculture, Genetics|
|APSNet: K-12 Plant Pathways to Science||
APSnet: K-12 Plant Pathways to Science is intended to assist teachers develop interactive laboratories and demonstrations that teach the basic principles of science and scientific method. The site includes an Illustrated Glossary of Plant Pathology with pronunciation guides.
|American Phytopathological Society||Case study, Lesson plans||Agriculture|
|Becoming a Scientist||
This video contains profiles of various biomedical researchers describing their interests and career paths.
|Howard Hughes Medical Institute||Video||Careers|
|Bioinformatics in Motion||
The Bioinformatics in Motion Project is a library of interactive animations for teaching high-level bioinformatics algorithms and application.
|North Carolina State University||Animation, Interactive||Genetics|
The site provides information about biotech concepts and science. Many of the site's resources are interactive, such as the Virtual Transgenic Fly Lab, which allows students to create their own transgenic flies and perform experiments.
|Howard Hughes Medical Institute||Animation, Interactive, Video||Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Health, Stem cells|
The National Science Digital Library is the nation's online portal for education and research on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with resources for K-12 students.
|National Science Foundation||Animation, Interactive, Lesson plans||Agriculture, Ecology, Food, Genetics, Health, Stem cells|
This section of the CBC Digital Archives includes archived clips of radio and television programs on biotechnology topics.
|Canadian Broadcasting Corporation||Audio, Video||Genetics, Stem cells|
|Biotechnology Institute: Teaching Resources||
Contains facts, a biotechnology timeline and glossary, lesson plans and interactive activities for teachers and students to bring biotechnology into the classroom. The Biotechnology Institute is also the sponsor of the annual BioGENEius Challenge, open to students in grades 9-12.
|Biotechnology Institute||Interactive, Lesson plans, Video||Careers, Food, Genetics|
Cool Science is a highly interactive site that aims to provide facts and fun information about science. The For Educators section includes a searchable database of available resources - by type, topic and grade level.
|Howard Hughes Medical Institute||Animation, Lesson plans, Video||Genetics, Health|
|Discovery Education: Food Science||
Discovery Education, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the IFT Foundation have partnered to develop this unique program, designed to introduce high school students, teachers, counselors, and parents to the remarkable world of food science and technology, and the exciting career opportunities in the field.
|Institute of Food Technologists and Discovery Education||Interactive, Lesson plans, Video||Careers, Food|
|DNA From the Beginning||
DNA From the Beginning is an "animated primer” that covers 75 experiments that made modern genetics. Each chapter is self-contained, and they cover a wide range of topics related to genetics. Each of the 75 experiments explains the background, provides animations, galleries, videos and interactive elements.
|Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory||Animation, Image gallery, Video||Genetics|
DNA Interactive contains multimedia presentations on DNA, gene manipulation, the human genome, applications and the history of genetics. The DNAi Teacher Guide provides 15 downloadable lesson plans.
|Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory||Animation, Interactive, Lesson plans||Ethics, Genetics, Health|
|DNA Television Series||
The DNA Television Series and accompanying web episodes and lesson plans are a valuable resource for teachers and students about the general history and applications of DNA.
|Public Broadcasting Service||Lesson plans, Video||Ethics, Genetics, Health|
|Dolan DNA Learning Center||
The DNA Learning Center provides links to websites that focus on both genes and DNA. From the beginning of DNA, to the history of corn, to the insides of cancer, each site contains animated pictures that help students grasp the concepts.
|Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory||Animation, Interactive, Video||Agriculture, Ethics, Genetics, Health|
|Genetic Science Learning Center||
Learn.Genetics provides educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics.
|The University of Utah||Animation, Interactive, Lesson plans||Ecology, Genetics, Health, Stem cells|
GetBiotechSmart contains videos and lesson plans for teachers around topics of plant biotechnology. The site also provides information about the Excellence in Biotechnology Education Grant, sponsored by the United Soybean Board.
|United Soybean Board||Lesson plans, Video||Agriculture, Careers, Food, Genetics|
Greenomes provides laboratory and bioinformatics exercises to introduce students to modern plant genetics and genome research.
|Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory||Interactive, Lesson plans||Agriculture, Food, Genetics|
|Harvest of Fear||
The Harvest of Fear website is designed to accompany the PBS Nova program "Harvest of Fear." It contains a variety of stand-alone information and interactive activies to learn about genetically modified food.
|Public Broadcasting Service||Interactive, Lesson plans, Video||Agriculture, Ethics, Food|
|Heal, Feed, Sustain: How Biotechnology Can Help Save the World||
Heal, Feed, Sustain is a 24-minute video that follows three students as they travel to three North Carolina companies to learn about biotechnology. It also features a free teacher guide with seven student activities, activity extensions, a curriculum connection matrix and more background information about biotechnology.
|North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research||Video||Agriculture, Careers, Health, Industrial Biotech|
K8 Science is a multimedia resource that includes information , lesson plans and slide sets on scientific topics related to current events.
|Baylor College of Medicine||Animation, Audio, Lesson plans, Video||Agriculture, Food, Genetics, Health|
|Marian Koshland Museum||
The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences provides a multimedia tour of various museum exhibits with links to activities and lessons that describe applications of DNA technology.
|Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences||Lesson plans, Video||Genetics, Health|
Your students will be captivated by the graphics of this resource as they learn what a microarray is and how these tools can be employed to simultaneously measure changes in gene expression across the genome of an organism. Students can conduct two different virtual experiments in model organisms, one measuring changes in gene expression in yeast, in both the presence and absence of O2, and another which measures the effect of a bronchoconstrictor drug on gene expression in asthmatic and non-asthmatic mice. Along the way students learn about experimental design, how microarrays measure changes in gene expression, and methods of data analysis. Assessment quizzes help students measure their level of understanding at the end of these virtual experiments. This resource is geared primarily toward advanced high school and college students.
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Interactive||Genetics|
|MIT BLOSSOMS Video Library||
All of the lessons in this video library have been contributed by BLOSSOMS partners from around the world, including educators from MIT and institutions in Jordan, Pakistan, and other partnering countries. Each lesson includes Teacher Guides and other resource materials, and the site is searchable by education standards.
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Lesson plans, Video||Agriculture, Genetics, Health|
Molecular Movies presents an organized directory of cell and molecular animations.
|Drew Berry (Biomedical Animator)||Animation||Epigenetics, Genetics, Stem cells|
Nanomedicine Explorer is a virtual exhibit dedicated to cancer nanomedicine.
|Boston Museum of Science||Video||Health, Nanotechnology|
|Nanotechnology Center for Learning and Teaching (NCLT)||
NCLT provides a portal to educational resources that are meant to serve students, teachers, faculty, researchers, parents and professionals who are engaged in the learning, teaching, research & development of nanotechnology. NCLT is an NSF-sponsored program.
|Nanotechnology Center for Learning and Teaching (NCLT)||Interactive, Lesson plans||Nanotechnology|
|National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science||
Over 400 peer-reviewed case studies are provided in a searchable database for use in the science classroom. A majority are written by science faculty from the U.S. and Canada, and teaching notes are provided.
|National Science Foundation||Case study||Agriculture, Ethics, Food, Genetics, Health, Stem cells|
|National Defense Education Program: Lab TV||
Lab TV provides two seasons of webisodes that demonstrate research coming out of Department of Defense labs. Also, from the same website, click on Personal Stories to hear about careers in science and engineering.
|National Defense Education Program||Video||Biofuels, Careers, Health, Industrial Biotech|
|National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network: Education and Training||
The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) provides resources, programs, and materials to enhance an individual’s knowledge of nanoscale science and engineering and its application to real-world issues. The network is made up of nanotechnology facilities at universities around the country.
|National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network||Interactive, Lesson plans||Nanotechnology|
The NIGMS provides e-publications, interactive online quizzes and puzzles, posters, fact sheets and curriculum supplements from this Science Education website.
|National Institute of General Medical Sciences||Animation, Image gallery, Interactive, Video||Careers, Evolution, Genetics, Health|
Nova science Now provides text, video, and multimedia content from the PBS Nova TV series.
|Public Broadcasting Service||Animation, Interactive, Video||Agriculture, Ethics, Food, Genetics, Health, Industrial Biotech, Stem cells|
|Nuffield Council on Bioethics||
The UK-based Nuffield Council on Bioethics provides an Education page with teaching resources on five main topics: biofuels, personalized healthcare, dementia, forensics, and research animals.
|Nuffield Council on Bioethics||Case study, Lesson plans||Biofuels, Ethics, Health|
PBS LearningMedia is a digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. It provides free, instant access to the best of public media , including videos, interactives, audio, photos, and in-depth lesson plans.
|PBS and WGH Educational Foundation||Image gallery, Interactive, Lesson plans, Video||Agriculture, Ecology, Evolution, Food, Genetics, Health, Industrial Biotech|
PlantingScience is a learning and research resource, bringing together students, plant scientists, and teachers from across the nation. Students engage in hands-on plant investigations, working with peers and scientist mentors to build collaborations and to improve their understanding of science. A few open lesson plans are available in addition to the mentoring resources.
|PlantingScience||Lesson plans||Agriculture, Food, Genetics|
|Science 360: The Biotechnology Series||
Science 360 is a site dedicated to scientific information. The Biotechnology Series is made up of three educational programs. The program topics covered are designer foods, genetic engineering, and stem cells demystified. Each program contains a video, lesson links, resources for teachers and students, and key vocabulary lists.
|Morehead Planetarium and Science Center||Video||Agriculture, Food, Genetics, Stem cells|
|ScienceDaily Biotechnology Videos||
ScienceDaily Biotechnology features a collection of videos meant to supplement text articles written for an adult audience.
|ScienceDaily||Video||Agriculture, Ecology, Food, Health|
|Secrets of the Sequence||
With funding from the Pfizer Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University has assembled more than 50 of the best videos from the public television series, “Secrets of the Sequence” to assist teachers in the application of genetic research across the biology curriculum. Each 8-10 minute video addresses a particular topic and is accompanied by classroom-tested lesson plans.
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Video||Agriculture, Careers, Ethics, Evolution, Genetics, Health|
|Stem Cell Resources||
Stem Cell Resources contains information on tissue engineering, cloning, stem cell research and therapeutics, and ethical considerations.
|Bioscience Network||Animation, Audio, Interactive, Lesson plans, Video||Ethics, Genetics, Health, Stem cells|
Sumanas Animation contains animations showing the science behind stem cells, immunohistochemistry, DNA chip technology, in vitro fertilization, and pregnancy and paternity tests.
|Sumanas Inc. Multimedia Development Services||Animation||Genetics, Health, Stem cells|
|Teachers Try Science||
Teachers TryScience is a web site for teachers. This site provides free and engaging lessons, along with teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The site also provides collaboration tools for teachers to discuss and share effective instructional practices.
|Teachers Try Science||Interactive, Lesson plans, Video||Agriculture, Biofuels, Ecology, Food|
|The DNA Files||
DNA Files contains high-quality recordings of radio programs on genetics, genetically-modified foods, gene therapy, biotechnology, transgenics, and more.
|SoundVision Productions/National Public Radio||Audio||Agriculture, Ethics, Evolution, Food, Genetics, Health|
|The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers||
The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers provides fun, interactive resources for kids of all ages, including videos that profile real scientists and their work. Students can send questions to the scientists featured. More than 30 profiles are available on the site.
|Public Broadcasting Service||Lesson plans, Video||Careers|
|The Strange New World of Nanoscience||
The Strange New World of Nanoscience is an introductory video on Nanotechnology. The film was winner of the Best Short Film at the Scinema Science film festival 2010.
|Understanding the Human Genome Project||
Understanding the Human Genome Project contains downloadable combinations of videos, discussion questions, and lesson plans on human genetics, genome sequencing, bioinformatics, variation and human history as well as ethical, legal, and social implications.
|National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health||Animation, Interactive, Lesson plans, Video||Ethics, Genetics|
|What's for Lunch?||
"What's for Lunch?" is a short, student-oriented video documentary on issues related to genetically-modified foods.
|International Food Information Council||Video||Agriculture, Food|