Teens — Education

Biology sites

  • The Biology Place
    Information, tutorials, and online interactive exercises, on a broad variety of biological topics. For students to supplement coursework and teachers. Authors include university professors and secondary teachers. Online testing tailored to a variety of student textbooks. Current science news.
  • The Biology Project
    Online interactive resource for biology education for undergraduate and advanced secondary levels. Online tutorials and interactive pages for students. Supplement to standard coursework or for self-directed distance learning.
  • Bowdoin College Virtual Reality Research Station
    E-mail cphillip@Bowdoin.edu
    A 118-acre island off the coast of Maine, comprising a research site for faculty and students from about 10 disciplines. Students, faculty or visitors explore the island, interact with data-driven programs and faculty to collaborate in online experiments. An avatar mirrors the actions of the user in the virtual world. Avatars talk to each other in real time and have access to graphing and statistics applications so students can interact collaboratively. The experience includes courses with research components and long-term studies.
    As described on the Bowdoin College Web site:
    Carey Phillips, professor of biology, whose work is already at the forefront of educational technology, is embarking on a new project with the assistance of a $75,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
    He will create a virtual laboratory model of Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center to aid in teaching and research.
    The virtual world will mirror the Coastal Studies Center, including the laboratories, trees, shrubs and anything else on the property. It will include the results of research performed by faculty and students, as well as data collected continuously at the Center (such as weather, tides, soil condition).
    Students, faculty and researchers from around the world will be able to enter the on-line universe to learn and to discuss research. When a person enters, they will be represented by a computer figure known as an avatar.
    These avatars will allow users to see when another user is considering a particular aspect of the database and enable them to engage in “near real time” conversation via computer.
    The virtual world will be a storehouse of data collected by many people over time and will contribute depth and perspective to future research projects. As far as we know, no other college or university has created a virtual world to enhance research in this manner.
    Phillips expects to complete the prototype (mapping a portion of the 118-acre center) in about a year. At that point he likely will apply for a $500,000 grant to build the full version.
    Phillips has in the past created computer models to aid in his teaching. For example, to teach students about the human eye, he began with a three- dimensional advanced drawing of the eye and all of its parts. Students are able to "fly through the eye" via the computer program.
  • Carolina Coastal Science
    Inquiry-based science resources and interactive technologies explore the science in coastal Carolina. Detailed photolibrary of coastal environments, to support student teams in their analysis of a dilemma involving environmental, economic, and social issues. An educational guide links online activities to National Science Education Standards, numerous teaching suggestions.
  • Journey North
    Students engage in scientific observations and explorations as they follow animal migrations and seasonal change. Site fosters interactions between scientists and students, between classrooms in different parts of the country, and between students in North America and Mexico. Extensive teacher materials assist in classroom implementation.

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