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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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Link Description Publisher Content type Topic(s)
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
BioSciEdNet (BEN)

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

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

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

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
Microarrays MediaBook

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

Molecular Movies  presents an organized directory of cell and molecular animations.

Drew Berry (Biomedical Animator) Animation Epigenetics, Genetics, Stem cells
Nanomedicine Explorer

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
NIGMS:Science Education

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 Education

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

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

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.

Cambridge University Video Nanotechnology
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