Resources for Teachers


ICTV Virus Taxonomy:  Official 2011 taxonomy of viral families.

The Big Picture Book of Viruses:  A catalog of pictures of virus particles and an educational resource about viruses.



University of Delaware Virtual Microscope:  A good practice before using actual scopes.

Microscope Presentations:  Free powerpoint presentations for introducing microscopes in your classroom.

About Microscopy:  A site from the John Innes Center bioimaging facility. Explains differences between light and electron microscopy and has a useful display about scale.

Microscopy Primer:  A primer about optics of microscopy.  A good source of information that goes just beyond the basics of operation and slide preparation.

Molecular Expressions:  A complete resource for all aspects of microscopy, from beginner to advanced.  This site also contains image galleries.


Molecular Biology

Dynamic Gene:  This site is the educational outreach component of Gramene, an online resource for analyzing and comparing genes from plants in the Gramineae or grass family.  Animated tutorials show how DNA sequences encode biological information, how bioinformatics helps predict the structural components of genes and how computer generated models are annotated with gene features and evidence from experiments.  It also shows how to analyze a gene model.

Secrets of the Sequence:  The Secrets of the Sequence Video Series offers an innovative way for teachers to incorporate astounding advances in the life sciences from gene research into their teaching.

Virtual Cell Animation Collection:  This collection has been developed to introduce students to new concepts. By walking through the still images and movie included for each topic, viewers are in control of choosing the learning style that best fits their needs.

ASM Microbe Library:  Collection of free microbiology images that can be used for classroom instruction.  Includes short description of each item. 

DNA from the Beginning:  A good classroom resource.  An animated timeline of 75 eperiments that made modern genetics.

Dolan DNA Learning Center Site:  An outreach site from Cold Spring Harbor labs. This page connects to all of the genetics and molecular biology education sites maintainted by CSHL.

Introduction to DNA:  A brief introduction for High School level students.

Regulation of Gene Expression:  A page explaining gene regulation.



MicrobeWorld:  The American Society for Microbiology’s interactive educational outreach site.  The website features recent news, video, and images from microbiology, as well as links and resources for biology educators.

Todar’s Online Textbook of Bacteriology:  An online textbook of general microbiology and medical bacteriology.

Small Things Considered:  A microbe blog written and maintained by Moselio Schaechter, a well known and distinguished microbiologist, and Professor, emeritus from Tufts University School of Medicine.

MicrobiologyBytes:  A microbiology blog by Dr. A.J. Cann about the latest news in microbiology.



Miocroworlds:  A site from Berkeley Lab to explore the structures of materials.

Nanozone:  The Lawrence Hall of Science site about nanotechnology. Good for elementary school students.


Science Education:

Eugenics Archive:  Introduction to a dark period in the history of science and the U.S.  A great case study analyzing how science can be misused for political purposes.

Rediscovering Biology:  A professional development course for high school biology teachers focuses on how biology was changed by the molecular biological discoveries of the late 20th centuries.  Videos and resources can also be modified to use in classrooms.

NIH Curriculum Supplement series:  High school, middle school, and elementary school free curriculum units for K-12 teachers. Provides two weeks of lessons on science behind selected health topics.  They combine cutting edge biomedical discoveries with state of the art instructional practices.

AAAS Science NetLinks:  Find science lessons and tools for K-12 teachers.

The National Health Museum Access Excellence Site:  A resource featuring lesson plans, activities, and graphics to support teachers of Biology and Health Sciences in K-12 classrooms.

Teacher’s Domain:  An online library of free media resources from public television.  Media is broken down into easy to use segments and are coorelated to state and national standards.

Biology Animations from McGraw Hill:  A site that contains links to textbook animations illustrating key biological processes.

Promoting Understanding and Learning for Society and Environmental Health:  A University of Arizona site with a nine unit curriculum that teaches environmental health and biomedical issues across the curriculum for high school classrooms.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences Publications site:  You can view and order or download free publications for use in middle school and high school classrooms.

National Institute of General Medical Science Image Gallery:  You can get images here to use for educational purposes.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Educators Site:  A collection of on-line resources for teacher development and on-line learning.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: A link to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a newsletter with up-to-date information about trends in infectious disease reports around the world.

HealthMap: A site hosted at Children’s Hospital Boston, monitoring real-time survalience of emerging public health threats.

CellsAlive: An educational resource for exploring scale and basic cell biology.

Exploratorium: The website of The Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco, California. 

Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network: NISE is a national community of researchers and informal science educaotors who foster public awareness engangement and understanding of nanoscale science , engineering, and technology.

Science News for Kids: A publication on the Society for Science and the Public.  It is a great source of science news for upper elementary to high school students.



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