Dawn Norton's 2009 Must Use Biology Sites



Here are 80 of Dawn's Best Sites. Her favorites are in bold.
You will find even more on Dawn's own site.

1. Dolan DNA Learning Center
Gene Almanac Site for interactive units in genetics and cancer

2. Utah Genetics
Animations, teacher resources and lesson plans on genetics

3. Nova Science Now
Video and interactive activities on various topics in math/science

4. Bio Coach
Review activities for main topics in biology; lab bench covers 12 AP labs

5. Essential Study
McGraw-Hill tutorial resource to review/study major topics in biology

6. Homework UT
FREE online student homework generator & performance management out of the U-Texas, Austin

7. SAPS Labs
UK lab/practical activities site for controlled experiments in biology

8. Fresh Water Society-What’s New
Fresh water monitoring and quality management-daily environmental news postings

9. John Kyrk
Extraordinary animations on numerous topics in biology

10. HHMI Biointeractive
Excellent resources-DVD and online-for current topics in biology

11. Harvard Cell
Harvard BioVisions animated movie of the inner workings of a cell in immune response/intracellular trafficking


12. PBS Nova Online [Location of DNA]
Interactive tutorial showing chromosome organization

13. NIH [Human Genetic Variation]
Web-based learning modules in biology/medicine; HS and MS level activities

14. Biology Project Arizona
Resource materials in human body, genetics, cell and immunology topics

15. Cells Alive
Resources for teaching cell biology, microscopy, immunology and microbiology.

16. Gene Annotation
“Beginners” tutorials for learning how to do sequence annotation

17. Stanford 1970’s Protein Synthesis
13.5 minute movie of student-interpretive dance showing the mechanisms of protein synthesis

18. DNA From the Beginning
Dolan DNA Center detailed tutorials/animations/movies on classical and molecular genetics and mechanisms for genetic organization and control

19. Apple Genomics
In molecular biology/sequencing section, Lego blocks are used in an animation format to show how automated DNA sequencing is done; error in mononucleotide drawing


20. Animations-Biotech [McGraw]
Quick animations to illustrate lab/techniques used in biotechnology; examples-restriction enzymes, microarrays, and genetic engineering

21. Water on the Web
Resources and data analysis tools for investigating real-time water quality information

22. Teacher’s Domain
Thousands of science videos free for use with teacher registration-online streaming or download


23. Create a google web page: Field Biology/NABT Bio Club


24. Survey Monkey
Free online survey generator for up to 8 questions. Excellent for quick student feedback.

25. Science Hack Videos Class Connect
Quick link to short video clips in biology and other science sites


26. Smarter Ways to Use the SMART Board
Kenton Co. Schools-Downloadable activities and online interactive sites for use with SMARTBoards

27. MN Dept. of Education-Internet Sites for Science
Hundreds of sites for all sciences/organized by content area and grade level

28. Yale University Science Outreach Program
Lesson plans aimed at MS students/learning genetics

29. TED
Lectures by the world’s “leading thinkers and doers”; annual lecture series/speakers give 18-min. “talk of their lives”

30. Teaching Evolution [From a BIOTECH site]
Resources and links to teaching quality evolution/why evolution must be taught in science

31. Case Studies in Biology
McGraw Hill link to 24 bioethics-based case studies

32. Comparative Genomics
NIH resource showing all of the various comparative genomics research/how related

33. Microbe Zoo
Digital center for microbiology images

34. PBS Evolution Links
Links to 7 videos discussing topics in evolution

35. Mangrove Study
Virtual Field Study-Students learn how field studies are different than controlled experiments.

36. Radiocarbon Dating
Tool for instruction and/or student activity on how radiocarbon dating is done-diagram/quiz format

37. Plants in Motion
Indiana U-Dept. Biology-movies and teaching/learning projects on plants

38. Sam Rhine Conference
Excellent national speaker on latest topics in molecular biology; yearly lecture hosted at Cooper HS

39. NCBI [Genome]
NIH-National Center for Biotech Info-full genome access; excellent tutorials for use of site and resources

40. Bubba Brain [Vocab review]
Fun online vocab review game for biology and numerous other disciplines-sorted by topics

41. Molecular Science [Student Workbench]
Interactive bioinformatics site where students can engage in nucleic sequence/protein analysis; instructive teacher resources available

42. Construct a phylogenic tree
Digital selection of species/map drawn to show phylogenic relationship


43. United Streaming
Excellent video resource; subscription required

44. SIFT archives
U-Florida “science information for teachers”; huge reservoir of online sites for science and other topics


45. Health Learning Resources
Links to 100’s of resources in health sciences and nursing

46. Way Back Machine
Search for archived web sites

47. High Wire Press [Stanford-Journals]
Free Journal Access

48. Massive Anatomy Links Site [Three Rivers Community College-CT]
Three Rivers Community College-CT-hundreds of links to anatomy learning resources

49. Human Anatomy Online
Interactive learning tutorials; sorted by each body system

50. DNA game [Nobelprize.org]
Interactive practice in base pairing and protein synthesis

51. BiologyMAD
Private web site with detailed notes and numerous learning resources for several levels of biology

52. Molecular Movies
Portal to cell and molecular movie clips

53. NASA Global Climate Change
Real time data bank for global climate change indicators

54. Becoming Human [Interactive documentary]
Interactive documentary that tells the story of human evolution


55. Chromosome Connection [Human vs. Primate]
From becoming human, specific link that illustrates chromosomal connection humans/primate

56. Blue Planet [Planet Earth Web]
Web site to accompany Planet Earth Series


57. Giraffe Cam [Updates every min.]; other CAMs-see SIFT site #44
Live Animal WebCAMs-see SIFT

58. Access Excellence [Curriculum source]
Curriculum source for activities exchange/national health museum

59. Genographic Project
National Geographic resource on mDNA/Y-chromosome studies tracing human migration


60. Gene Gateway
Web companion to Human Genome Landmarks Poster

61. BBC science sites
Activities and assessments for topics in science

62. Basics in Evolution [Rockefeller University FREE lectures]
Rockefeller University FREE lectures on evolution


63. BioEd Online [Bayor University]
Biology teacher resources from Baylor U-New and archived materials

64. New Jersey Bio Teacher’s Animation Links
Compilation of web sites sorted by biology topic

65. What did T Rex Taste Like? [Interactive Phylogenics Activity]
NSF sponsored interactive tutorial about phylogenic trees-UC Berkely

66. Dawn Norton's Must Use Biology Sites Quite simply the finest collection of biology sites and resources :)

67. Biology in Motion [Interactive Activities]
Interactive simulation activity about natural selection


68. Pathology PPTs
Free PPTs from American Society for Investigative Pathology

69. Microscope Slide Images
146 microscope slide images from various species

70. Tree of Life
Pictures, text and information for all species; open source database with organisms cited by phylogenic relationships


71. Visible Embryo
Images of embryonic development with detailed size and development information

72. AP Bio Help [Bruce Faitsch]
Student resource site for help with AP Biology curriculum; hosted by an AP teacher

73. St. Olaf Animations
Biological animations sorted by topic

74. Sumanas Animations
Animation gallery-sorted by subject area/biology, astronomy, chemistry and environmental science

75. Cornell Resources
Class room resources and activities in chemistry and biology

76. Experiments with Twinkies
Finals week-Rice University 1995: Ideas for controlled experiments testing Twinkies

77. Watson and Wilson discuss Darwin [Video 56 min.]
Charlie Rose interview with James Watson and Edward O. Wilson 2005

78. Slideshow of Life Through Time
Frans Lanting’s visual journey of life through time


79. The complete works of Charles Darwin
Publications, papers and drawings from Charles Darwin’s scientific work

80. MIT Resources
OpenCourseWare resources for students and teachers of biology

81. 101 Lesson Plans in Bio
Independence HS Manhattan-Lesson plan ideas in biology from 1995-2008

82. Class Connect
Site to post/connect for shared activities and research with other classes; subscription required

83. Encyclopedia Life
Site providing dynamic information about all life on earth

84. Internet for Classroom
Site to assist teachers in more effective use of the internet


85. Want more? Here are 7,209 sites in thirteen biological areas by retired NY biology teacher, Ken House

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