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An eclectic collection of resources that might interest teachers of High School Biology.
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John Kyrk Animations

John Kyrk Animations | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
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The daddy-of-them-all in terms of accuracy of the animation, the range of animations available and the detail that John goes into. The above example is called "DNA replication".

Well worth a visit.

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Maria Monge's curator insight, October 14, 2014 6:16 PM

Merece la pena visitar este enlace para disfrutar de sus magnificas animaciones.

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Karen Girdler's curator insight, May 23, 2017 8:49 PM
This site contains a number of accurate and beautifully presented animations.  Fantastic for Biology units and senior biology classes.  Year 10 students would benefit from this through their genetics unit as many struggle grasping meiosis and mitosis.  
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Interactive Metabolic Pathways Map - New Edition

Interactive Metabolic Pathways Map - New Edition | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Find and chart metabolic pathways intuitively with this interactive metabolic pathways map. Designed as a reference and guide for research and study, from MilliporeSigma.
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Fantastic interactive map of the main metabolic pathways in a cell (although it includes photosynthesis). It is interactive because you can click on a chemical e.g. an enzyme and it gives you more information in a small window. You can also zoom in and out for more detail.
 
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Modeling Nucleic Acids with Pipe Cleaners, Beads, and Paper Clips

Modeling Nucleic Acids with Pipe Cleaners, Beads, and Paper Clips | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
A while ago, I brainstormed and came up with some bead and pipe cleaner activities to help my students model proteins, carbohydrates, and lipid molecules.  For a year or two, I’ve been trying to figure out how to best show students what monomers are, what polymers are, and why they are important.  After all, they …
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Nice activity to model the creation of DNA from beads, pipe cleaners and coloured paper clips. I wonder if it could be extend to show transcription and translation.
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Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology to High School or Middle School Students

Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology to High School or Middle School Students | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Teaching resources modelled on the idea that students will learn best if they are actively engaged and if their activities are closely linked to understanding important biological concepts.
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This Serendip site has a range of hands-on activities for Biology in a range of areas such as Cell Biology, Evolution and Ecology. It's free and Serendip has been around for a long time so they should be goo.
 
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Australia's Science Channel | Images reveal immune cells at work

Australia's Science Channel | Images reveal immune cells at work | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Macrophages come to life thanks to cutting-edge microscopy. For the first time, scientists have seen in exquisite, real-time detail how immune cells survey their surroundings to detect threats to our health. The imaging also provides insights into how aggressive cancer cells sustain their growth. Dr Adam Wall and Dr Nicholas Condon from Professor Jenny Stow’s lab at UQ’s Institute for […]
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Animation showing how macrophages detect their surroundings.
 
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How Cells Become Specialized

How do cells in your body differentiate into other types of cells? Explore cell specialization featuring stem cells and their role in cell differentiation
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Excellent video by the Amoeba Sisters on differentiation. It is rare that my students are engaged by videos these days but my Biology class was fully absorbed for the whole time. These are 16-year-olds! Brilliant!
The 'Sisters' have a well-deserved reputation for producing good video content for the sciences.
 
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Making Biology Fun

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"Th(is) is what Interactive Biology is all about – Breaking down the concepts in biology so that if a Freshman in High School wants to understand Graduate-level Neurobiology, with enough discipline, she could do so."
 
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A wide range of resources for Biology teachers and those interested in Biology. Leslie Samuel is a former Biology Teacher now University Professor who has kindly shared his resources, including videos, games, study guide and dictionary
 
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Bird Migration Patterns - Western Hemisphere Dataset | Science On a Sphere

Bird Migration Patterns - Western Hemisphere Dataset | Science On a Sphere | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
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Beautiful summary of bird migration patterns from South to North America and back. Click on the media preview buttons to see the animation.
 
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Evolution by Keiwan

Evolution by Keiwan | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Create creatures and let them evolve to see how they master various tasks.
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What a great evolution through Natural Selection simulation! Basically you choose pre-made creatures who have a particular task to do e.g. run, jump etc. You then click the Evolve button and you will see the results of about 10 offspring - most of which are not very good at the ask. The best (most fit) are selected to produce the next generation. And so on for as long as you want. 
Of course, you may want to create your own creature - with joints, bones and muscle. The tasks are limited and so your creature will have to evolve to get better at doing the task.
It is worth reading the ? informaton tab at the initial screen to get more details of what you have to do.  Looks good.
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PBS Learning Media Home Page
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PBS Learning specifically focussed on interactive genetics resources. There are a lot to choose from!
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BioInteractive Search Results | HHMI BioInteractive

BioInteractive Search Results | HHMI BioInteractive | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
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HHMI resources on genetics. Diverse and useful.
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Science Units

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The Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Mathematics and Science Program (CEEMS) is led by the University of Cincinnati in partnership with 14 school districts.
 
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This link has lots of Engineering activities for high schools. There are about 10 to do with Biology including renewable energy, cell membranes and designing dogs. Different.
 
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Science NetLinks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Science NetLinks | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
In this lesson, students explore the issue of ethics in medical research and, in particular, the issue of informed consent, in the context of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells.
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Teacher resources when studying the book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks".
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Cell Membrane Bubble Lab

Cell Membrane Bubble Lab | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
The other day I was meandering the web looking for new ways to teach about membranes, the cellular variety. In my search I was hoping to find something tangible for my students to experience that …
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Excellent lab to show the different structures of the cell membrane, how material can pass through the membrane whilst the membrane remains intact and how you can create 'holes' in the membrane to pass bigger molecules. Excellent hands-on activity.
This link is to a page containing a video which shows what you can do.

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The Inner Life of the Cell - Protein Packing [Narrated] [HD]

Protein Packing strives to more accurately depict the molecular chaos in each and every cell, with proteins jittering around in what may seem like rando
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Despite the fact that this video is three years old, the detail is amazing. Given the crowding of the cell, it is a wonder that anything gets done! The most interesting part is how kinesin pairs 'walk' a vesicle to the cell membrane.
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History of the United Kingdom revealed in its genes

History of the United Kingdom revealed in its genes | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
A genetics study finds subtle differences that reveal secrets about the history and ancestry of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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A very short article showing genetic diversity in the UK. In particular, it shows the Celt groups in England, Ireland and Wales are not as related as was once thought.
 
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INTERACTIVE: We mapped cancer rates across Australia – search for your postcode here

It's clear that socioeconomic position has a strong influence on cancer incidence and mortality in Australia.
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This is useful if you live in Australia. You can map out cancer rates in your suburb.
 
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Australia's Science Channel | The proteins that pull your cells apart

Australia's Science Channel | The proteins that pull your cells apart | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
World-first mitosis map shows the mechanics of cell division. Researchers have created the first interactive map showing the actions of the proteins that govern the process of cell division, a process known as mitosis. The map, published in the journal Nature, builds on a 2010 study by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) – a research institute comprising specialists from […]
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A little esoteric but this is one of the first images to changes in protein distribution during mitosis. Hard to work out what is happening but, no doubt, it will get further refined.
 
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How Muscles Age, and How Exercise Can Slow It

How Muscles Age, and How Exercise Can Slow It | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Researchers untangle the multifarious nature of muscle aging. So far, the only reliable treatment is exercise.
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The physiology of ageing muscles. Excellent detail in the artlcle down to the cellular level. Nice infographic (attached) as well.
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Lucile Grimbert's curator insight, September 6, 10:51 AM
The physiology of ageing muscles. Excellent detail in the artlcle down to the cellular level. Nice infographic (attached) as well.
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Exclusive: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’ Video of mating deep-sea anglerfish stuns biologists

Exclusive: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’ Video of mating deep-sea anglerfish stuns biologists | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
The rare observation was captured at a depth of 800 meters around Portugal’s Azores islands
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Video of anglerfish is awesome but showing the weird way it mates makes this video a must watch. Rare footage indeed.
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Teachers

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Useful resources and guides for teachers who are teaching about microbiology, including basic principles, safety information and activities you can do in the classroom.
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This site was developed by the Microbiology Society and has a wealth of resources for the use of micro-organisms in the Biology class.
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Introduction to Evolution: How Did We Get Here? | Science | Lesson Plan

Introduction to Evolution: How Did We Get Here? | Science | Lesson Plan | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
PBS LearningMedia Lesson Plan for Science for 6-8
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A set of three lessons introducing Evolution. I can't vouch for them yet but I hope to try them soon.
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Teacher Resources - GeneEd - Genetics, Education, Discovery

Teacher Resources - GeneEd - Genetics, Education, Discovery | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Information, videos, and activities about genetic related teacher resources
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A pretty thorough list of genetics resources for high school students. It ranges from the fun (creating and eating DNA) to the complex (Mendelian genetics).
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Online Learning | Richard Dawkins Foundation

Online Learning | Richard Dawkins Foundation | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
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Good resources for Biology teachers on Evolution.
 
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Infographic: Immune Irritation in the Gut

Infographic: Immune Irritation in the Gut | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
A look at how gluten affects patients with celiac disease
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Nice infographic describing the onset of celiac disease.
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Eva C's curator insight, April 2, 3:15 PM

Una explicación muy gráfica de como afecta  el gluten a los pacientes celíacos

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Your Body's Real Age | NPR's SKUNK BEAR

https://youtu.be/Nwfg157hejM
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Nice summary of how long it takes the human body to replace different cells.
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