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Problem-based learning (PBL) is an exciting way to learn biology and is readily incorporated into large classes in a lecture hall environment. PBL engages students in solving authentic biological case problems, stimulating discussion among students and reinforcing learning. The example case studies suggested are mostly from human biology and medicine and are suitable for use in an introductory college ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice
 
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This experiment in active learning draws from the real-life origins of modern weather forecasting as a means for having students role-play the various stages of the forecasting process. A discussion and summary of this teaching method are provided, as well as extensions to other topics, such as global climate modeling. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Educational theory and practice
 
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The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) site is designed for educators to share experiences and expertise with colleagues from around the globe, keep up with trends and developments in the field, and grow professionally. This site contains news and events, information on conferences and workshops, publications, and other education and professional development resources. There is a form ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity, Ask an expert, Clearinghouse, Message board
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice
 
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This site provides tools to help teachers efficiently integrate technology into the curriculum and class environment. The tools include software to create quizzes, rubrics and web pages. There are also educational links, searchable by academic subject, topic, and theme; professional development resources including technology tutorials; and teacher testimonies of on-line project-based learning. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material, Clearinghouse, Software
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Technology
 
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The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)/Digital Library of Earth Science Education (DLESE) On the Cutting Edge project helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods. The workshop series and website combine to provide professional development opportunities, resources, and opportunities for faculty to interact on-line and in person with colleagues ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Educational portal
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology
 
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This webpage has been developed to support a workshop on Integrating Education in Biocomplexity Research held April 14-16, 2002 by the National Research Council with funding from the National Science Foundation's BioComplexity in the Environment initiative. Information on this page is intended to provide an introduction to the general topic of biocomplexity and to related resources that will help ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Email lists
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice
 
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The Private Universe Teachers Lab enables teachers to practice techniques of identifying student misconceptions and moving toward conceptual change in basic astronomy. This teachers lab contains a survey to identify misconceptions and three in-class activities for grades 4 to 8 that help students gain an understanding of the phases of the Moon. There are teacher discussion forums on planning teaching ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Discussion / Forum
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Space science
 
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NASA's Science Education Program creates products using NASA's results in Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics research. The program sponsors educational activities at all levels of formal and informal education to provide opportunities for learners to investigate their world and their universe using unique NASA resources. There are links to a number of related education ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Space science
 
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The Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Ethics works to provide engineers, scientists, and science and engineering students with resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in their work and to serve those who are promoting learning and advancing the understanding of responsible research and practice in science and engineering. The Center occasionally ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Report, Ask an expert
Subject: Educational theory and practice, History and philosophy of science
 
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This article explains why and how to use museums as an educational resource. Although the examples allude to a museum of natural history, the guidelines presented can be used for any museum visit such as for English and Art. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Paleontology
 
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