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Websites Useful in Teaching Living Environment

by Ahmad Inshan
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These are some websites that will be useful when it comes to teaching high school biology. They may illustrate concept clearly or present the material in a meaningful way to the students. The following websites i also found quite useful in addition to the materials i found on Merlot. 

 

http://www.biologycorner.com/
I found this site to be incredibly informative. It does contain a lot of information about the topics covered and may be overwhelming for some students if i asked them to read it. I think I would use this website when teaching about the different types of cells. The images are great for the students to see that this is something real and not an abstract idea. Also this could be a great resources when doing labs especially dissections as the website provides a step by step walkthrough accompanied by pictures.  

http://www.biologyinmotion.com/
This website provides excellent visuals and audio which augments the information greatly for visual learners. I particularly like the mini lab on evolution. It allows students to really see what the concept of evolution is and how it works and most importantly it doesn't happen overnight. I would certainly use this to teach evolution moreso natural selection in Living Environment.

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DNA from the Beginning


Added 10/26/2013

This is a great resource for teaching about DNA and genetics. I think I would use this as an introduction to the topics of in DNA. The animatons are detailed and provides a good visual representation of the key concepts.  

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Biological animations and tutorials


Added 10/26/2013

This website would be invaluable when teaching mitosis and meiosis. The visual animation makes what is happenining clear to visual learners. The narration is great for auditory learners. This video would be used as a summary of the lesson and before the student activity. This serves as to reinforce the minilesson and fills in the blanks and annswer the questions that the lesson may not have. 

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Evolution


Added 10/26/2013

This a good resource page. It provided a lot of accurate and up to date information regarding the theoy of evolution and it's subsections. I would list this as a useful resource on the class syllabus in the beginning of the year. This would be used as a reference for any labs or research papers that I may assign on Evolution. With the move towards common core, these papers would increase in frequency and thus would the need for reference websites. PBS does an excellent job in the storytelling of the theory of evolution. 

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Connecting Concepts: Ecology/Population Dynamics 2: Logistic Growth


Added 10/26/2013

I would use this website when teaching population dynamics in ecology. This would be a nice activity to tie everything together and reinforces student understanding in the topic.

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Electron Transport Chain


Added 10/26/2013

I would use this when I teach the Electron Transport Chain lesson of the Respiration unit. There is a lot of information and students can get easily confused. This visual allows them to see exactly what is occurring and simplifies it.

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