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Bioman Biology: The Fun Place to Learn Biology!

Bioman Biology: The Fun Place to Learn Biology! | technologies | Scoop.it
Video computer games, virtual labs and activities for learning and reviewing biology content. Great for students and teachers.
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Bioman Biology provides dozens of educational games and virtual labs designed to help students learn about topics related to biology.
The games and virtual labs are organized into eight topics...
   - physiology,
   - cells,
   - ecology,
   - genetics,
   - classification,
   - life chemistry,
   - respiration, and
   - scientific methods.
NOTE: Most the games are Flash-based but a handful of them are available as free iPad apps.
Bioman Biology also offers practitioners an option to track their learners' game scores.

When learners complete a game they have the option to enter their practitioners email address and have their scores sent them. Learners don't need to have email addresses of their own in order to send scores.

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Eskeletons

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eSkeletons, produced by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, features interactive models of mammal skeletons.

It providers learners with an option to compare bones across models
Just...
   - Select a model from the menu on the home page
   - click on any bone in the model to view it in detail.
After select a bone to view users can choose from a menu of viewing angles.

In many cases eSkeletons offers a short video display of the bone you've selected from the menu.
OR
   - Select two or more animals from the menu
   - select a bone and a small gallery of comparative images will be generated.
eSkeletons also offers a glossary of terms and a legend to help learners understand what they are viewing.
Even without the models, the glossary is a good resource for anatomy learners.

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BodyMaps: Explore the Human Anatomy in 3D

BodyMaps: Explore the Human Anatomy in 3D | technologies | Scoop.it
Learn about human anatomy, including organs, facts, and more with Human Body Maps, a free interactive tool. Explore 3D models of all human body systems.
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BodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D.
With easy-to-use navigation, users can search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works.
By offering rich, detailed anatomical images alongside links to relevant and useful health information, BodyMaps allows users to leam about their body and their health in a personalised and revolutionary new way.

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Map of Life

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By bringing together all types of information about species distributions, providing model-based integration, and providing a system for users to build upon our knowledge, the Map of Life project hopes to support our community in understanding and saving the world's biodiversity.
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The Map of Life resource is ideal for learners studying ecology or biology.
This mapping project, sponsored in part by Yale and the University of Colorado, offers the option to see distribution of a species around the world.
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select a species from the species menu and
placemarks for that species will be displayed on the map.
Map of Life also provides the option to see a distribution of animals closest to you. Just select "what lives near me."

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JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER

JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Japanese Science and Technology Center currently offers nine science lessons. The list of lessons and activities covers topics in...
- physics,
- biology,
- psychology,
- geography, and
- space science.
Each virtual lesson...
- presents a manageable chunk of information followed by activities in which learners are tasked to use that information.
- has multiple parts (some have 20+ parts) and multiple activities.
- is appropriate for middle/secondary school use.
Some lessons offer more depth than others, but all of the activities offer excellent content.

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Anatomy Arcade

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Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome games, interactives and videos.
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If you want to make learning anatomy a little more fun, try Anatomy Arcade. This game collection is made to teach learners about the human body.

They can look for games by body system or game type.

Learners love the jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and matching games.
Go on try it out, you know you want to...

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Crash Course! - YouTube

Crash Course! - YouTube | technologies | Scoop.it

Two entertaining & engaging presenters race headlong through the basics of biology (40 clips), world history (42 clips), Ecology (2)and Literature (1).

 

The presenters both educate and entertain.

 

These videos are well produced, fun, informative and provide digestible 10-15 minute chunks!

 

Well worth a closer look.

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18 Things You Should Know About Genetics

18 Things You Should Know About Genetics | technologies | Scoop.it

18 Things You Should Know About Genetics is an animated film that presents fundamental background information about genetics, as well as offering some quirky but interesting facts about DNA, genes and genetics.

 

Ideal clip to initiate and trigger interest.

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Learners TV

Many learners have access to books and notes but prefer watching online video lectures about the topics they are preparing for. A source for such lectures is a website called LearnersTV.

 

LearnersTV provides Free video lectures, Free Animations, Free Lecture Notes, Free Online Tests.

 

Subjects include biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, medicine, dentistry, engineering, accounting, and management.

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Snapshot Science - topical science teaching resources

Snapshot Science - topical science teaching resources | technologies | Scoop.it
Stuck for a topical lesson idea, engaging starter or relevant video clip? Snapshot Science offers stimulating ideas and free teaching resources for science lessons.

 

The resources are clearly organised into...

- Physics

- Biology

- Chemistry

- Science skills sections

 

There is also a free monthly newsletter for KS2/3 learners about science news stories that are free to download and can be used for homework and/or class activity, revision or extension tasks.

 

Worth a closer look at this valuable resource for Science practitioners.

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The Faculties

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The Faculties are a new, free educational resource especially for those A-level students thinking about applying to University.

 

The website provides short films of university lecturers speaking on topics drawn from the A-level curriculum in Maths, English, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry and History. There are currently over 300 podcasts on the site, with more to follow.

 

The aim of The Faculties website is to encourage deeper learning, stretch and inspire learners and help them make a successful transition to university.

 

On 'The Faculties', the recordings are specially designed for the A-level classroom. All the topics have been provided by the major exam boards and by teachers and so consequently, they are more directly relevant to the A-level curriculum.

 

Videos are hosted directly on the site, and not pulled in from YouTube which should avoid filtering issues in some learning environments.

 

Videos can be downloaded, but only on request.

 

Videos can still be embedded into VLE’s etc, and linked to directly.

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Medical Animation Library

View these medical animations as provided by the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

 

The University of Pennsylvania Health System provides nearly 200 video animations and explanations of injuries, diseases, and body systems.

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Human Body Maps | 3D Models of the Human Anatomy | Healthline

Human Body Maps | 3D Models of the Human Anatomy | Healthline | technologies | Scoop.it
BodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D.

 

Healthline Body Maps provides interactive three dimensional models for learning about human anatomy.

 

Body Maps has both male and female models.

 

The models have eight layer views, from skin to skeletal, that users can select.

 

They can hold your mouse pointer over any part of the model to view a body part's name and then zoom to more detailed information.

 

To rotate the model just click and drag the model to the left or right.

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BioDigital Human: Anatomy and Health Conditions in Interactive 3D

BioDigital Human: Anatomy and Health Conditions in Interactive 3D | technologies | Scoop.it
The BioDigital Human is a virtual 3D body that brings to life thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive Web-based platform
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BioDigital Human offers interactive 3D models of the human...
   - skeleton,
   - muscle systems, and
   - nervous system.
Users can turn on and off different views according to which body systems you want to view.
The models can be rotated 360 degrees and the labels have an audio play-back option.
In addition to the website, BioDigital Human is available as an iPad app and as Android app.

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CanvasMol

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Interactive 3D molecule viewer in HTML5. Works with PDB/MOL/SDF formats.

John Dalziel's insight:

Canvas Mol is a website that provides 3D, interactive, rotating models of simple and complex molecules.
Yes no need to spend time making 3D Models of Molecules (for them to often fall apart)
There are more than fifty models of relatively common molecules like glucose, fructose, and morphine.
Each model can be altered...
   - to show or not show bonds,
   - to show or not show individual atoms, and
   - to rotate on the X,Y, or Z axis.
Canvas Mol can be a great resource for STEM practitioners and learners.

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World Food Clock

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World Food Clock – is a constantly updating set of figures in real-time, showing various statistics such as the world’s food...
   - produced,
   - consumed, and
   - wasted.
Scrolling down, users will also see other stats such as...
   - agriculture resources, and
   - the number of starving people.
Note: the figures shown are based on report estimates from...

   - FAO (Food Wastage Footprint 2013 & State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013),

   - IMECHE (Global Food Report 2013) and

   - UNDP (Human Development Report 2006) -

...Clock values are averaged over seconds per year.

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Feed the fishes, Make bubbles or just Chill and watch the first interactive aquarium! Visit www.aquard.io!

Feed the fishes, Make bubbles or just Chill and watch the first interactive aquarium! Visit www.aquard.io! | technologies | Scoop.it
Feed the fishes, Make bubbles or just Chill and watch the first interactive aquarium! Visit www.aquard.io!
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This is one for fun! Virtual aquarium features real fish; 

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ARKive - Discover the world's most endangered species

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ARKive - the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species. Includes endangered species videos, photos, facts & education resources.

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ARKive is a not-for-profit initiative of the charity Wildscreen
With the help of the world’s best wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, they are creating an awe-inspiring record of life on Earth.
The resources are freely accessible to everyone and preserved for the benefit of future generations.
ARKive is a truly invaluable resource for...
- conservation,
- education and
- public awareness.

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Gooru

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Gooru is an online service that aims to provide learners and practitioners with an extensive collection of videos, interactive displays, documents, diagrams, and quizzes for learning about topics in math, social studies, and science.

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As Gooru members users have access to hundreds of resources according to subject areas such as chemistry, biology, ecology, algebra, calculus, and more.

Within each subject area they can look for resources according to media type such as video, interactive display, slides, text, and lesson plans.

Useful resources can be draged to their account's resources folder.

An extra plus from Gooru is the option to add resources to folders even if users don't find them within Gooru.

Oh yes, there's an iPad app too. 

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DIY

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DIY.org is a website aimed at kids but, where educators can find dozens of DIY projects that their learners can do on their own or with their peers.


DIY.org provides videos and instructions on how to do the projects.


After going through the directions learners can then try to complete the project(s).


Practitioners can take the role of parents, having their own DIY.org dashboards that they can use to track the activities of their learners. Learners registered on DIY.org will have aliases and cartoon avatar pictures.

 

DIY.org is a source of project ideas for practitioners and their Learners to work on together.

 

Through the project challenges, students can learn about a range of subjects including...
- biology,
- computer science,

- electricity,

- geography,
- music,
- physics,
...and more.

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Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms | technologies | Scoop.it
Specialists in the field of genetics share their descriptions of terms, and many terms include images, animation and links to related terms. A quiz is also included.

 

The glossary is also available as a free iPad app.

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crashcourse - YouTube

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Two courses in one channel: John Green teaches world history and Hank Green teaches biology.

 

There are now up to 15 videos in each course.

 

The videos are fast-paced ten to twelve minute overviews of major concepts and themes.

 

It's the fast pace of the Crash Course videos that makes them better suited for reviews or introductions to topics rather than a replacement for lectures and/or documentary videos.

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Be The Beat

The American Heart Association teaches learners the basic steps of CPR and how to use an AED, with games, music and videos, plus loads of cool prizes to make learning fun and rewarding!

 

Using On Be the Beat, learners can explore the heart, view a healthy vs unhealthy heart and perform virtual CPR during a cardiac arrest. The interactives have extremely life-like graphics and can be manipulated to view the heart under a variety of circumstances.

 

The CPR simulation is excellent.

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Free Science Films | Twig Science

Free Science Films | Twig Science | technologies | Scoop.it
Outstanding science films for the classroom and the curriculum- all for free.

 

Twig has over 1000 short films that practitioners can use in their 'classrooms'.

 

Videos are easily found using the search box or the interactive topic mind maps.

 

The films all include clear explanations to support learning in different areas of Science.

 

There are a number of free films that users can access on the site and many more are available via subscription.

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Anatomy Arcade

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Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through games, interactives and videos.

 

Anatomy Arcade is a collection of games about human body systems.

 

The collection is categorized by both body system and game type.

 

The games most frequently appearing in the Anatomy Arcade are jigsaw puzzles, matching games, and crossword puzzles.

 

There are also a few interactive games. 

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