Five must-see websites for science teachers

Sachin Manjalekar

We bring you the list of websites that are extremely popular and interesting to be visited on regular basis.

The world wide web offers plenty of options in terms of resources in science and technology for teachers. It is often time-consuming and needs an extra bit of patience to drill-down the best option available from thousands of websites.

We bring you the list of websites that are extremely popular and interesting to be visited on regular basis.

Physics Classroom:

The physics classroom website features a variety of sections intended to support both teachers and students in the tasks of learning and teaching physics.

The most popular section of the website is the physics classroom tutorial. The tutorial covers basic physics topics using informative graphics in an easy-to-understand language. Each unit is divided into lessons and sub-lessons. The sub-lessons are followed by Check Your Understanding (CYU) sections. The CYU sections provide an opportunity to assess one’s understanding of the lesson material.

Another section known as concept builders offers cognitively challenging exercises that offer discrete learning goals which will evoke student thinking process.

Understanding Science:

The mission of Understanding Science website is to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works. The process of science is exciting and Understanding Science gives users an in-depth understanding of the general principles, methods, and reasons that underlie all of science. Understanding Science also provides diversified teaching resources including case studies of scientific discoveries and lesson plans for every grade level.

If you are worried about where to start or how to begin exploring the knowledge sea of Understanding Science then Understanding Science 101 is the right place to get started which provides answers to question like what is science? What makes science a science? How does it work? How science affects our daily life? How can apply an understanding of the nature of science?

Chemistry in Education

The chemistry of education website maintained by the American Chemical Society offers plenty of resources for science teachers: lesson plans, classroom activities, and background science information, activity sheets and related reading and video demonstrations and molecular model animations. A must see website for teachers and of course students. Explore Chemistry section provides some interesting sub-sections like adventures in chemistry and landmarks in chemical history. Tutors can look further on recent updates in chemistry or heighten their knowledge base by browsing under books and magazine sections. Teachers can also engage with the community if they are looking for some answers to their pressing queries.

Bio-interactive:

Award-winning multimedia resources platform Biointeractive brings resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual labs, bringing in scientific discovery excitement to the classroom. Biointeractive rich video resources range from range from a series of short films on evolution, hosted by an award-winning author-scientist, to lectures on the brain given by a Nobel-prize winner—all supplemented by teacher guides and classroom activities. Some of the interesting things students would be able to perform on virtual labs are that they would be able to identify bacteria based on its DNA, construct a transgenic fruit fly, and measure traits in fossil fish to record evolutionary change.

Understanding Evolution:

Understanding Evolution is an education website, teaches the science and history of evolutionary biology. This website helps you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it constituents into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is conducted, and how ideas in this area have evolved over the time. The Evo 101 tutorial provides a prominent overview of the science behind evolution and many channels of evidence that support the theory. The platform provides a plethora of resources, news items and lessons for teaching about evolution.

Other video websites that can be used for teaching the in-depth concepts are

The Periodic Table of Videos for a wide array of videos about the elements and other chemistry topics.

And Sci-Show is all about teaching scientific concepts in an accessible and easy-to-understand manner. This channel includes a variety of short (03 minutes) and long (10 minutes) videos. There are also new videos released weekly.

Do you have any favourite science websites that aren’t on this list? Please let us know about them in the comments section.

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