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By Laura Turner

The following web2.0 sites would be useful for science educators at the high school and middle school level.  Some would also be appropriate for higher elementary grade levels. There are many new ‘tools’ or websites that take advantage of the higher speed and bandwidth of today’s Internet.  Web 1.0 tools/websites were text based and web2.0 tools/websites are designed for full-motion video, 3D animations and are generally interactive in some manner.


Web 2.0 can also be described as the second round of new technology development and adoption. The Internet began as an adoption of a new technology, and then as web practices were standardized, user-friendly interface and aesthetic design were improved.

GENERAL SCIENCE

EcoKids
http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/games_activities/index.cfm
This award-winning EcoKids web site is an interactive environmental web site for children, their families, and educators in Canada and around the world. It offers topical information about the environment through interactive, fun, educational games and activities.

 

Experience Math and Science with Gizmos (3-12)  
www.explorelearning.com
This site features 450 interactive simulations for math and science. –Fee required.

 

Exploratorium
www.exploratorium.edu 
This site was one of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. This site now contains over 15,000 Web pages exploring hundreds of different topics.

Google Earth
http://earth.google.com

Google SketchUp


http://sketchup.google.com  
Create, modify, and share 3-d models!

Explore with Google Earth
http://www.techlearning.com/article/23432

Google Earth for Educators


http://www.google.com/educators/p_earth.html
 

Google Earth Lessons
http://gelessons.com/lessons

How to Teach with Google Earth 
http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/teaching_methods/google_earth/how.html

GEarthHacks
http://www.gearthhacks.com 
This site works in tandem with Google Earth.  Overlay files can be downloaded and used with Google Earth.

Kinetic City (3-8)
http://www.kineticcity.com
This site has an amazing collection of Science Experiments, Games and Projects

MyExperiment (6-12) 
http://www.myexperiment.org
The MyExperiment Virtual Research Environment enables you and your students to share digital items associated with your research — in particular it enables you to share and execute scientific workflows.  You can also use myexperiment.org to find publicly shared workflows

Skoool
http://kent.skoool.co.uk/index.aspx
This site from England is the first resource of its kind designed specifically for the students and teachers of Math and Science. It leverages the expertise of top teachers in their fields for the development of its content.

Science NetLinks (K-12)
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.php?BenchmarkID=9&DocID=111
The Thinkfinity partnership provides free, Internet-based content across academic disciplines. Science NetLinks' role is to provide a wealth of standards-aligned resources for K-12 science educators, including lesson plans, interactive and reviewed Internet resources.  Site features include Interactive Lessons, Resources, Benchmarks and Science Updates.

 

St. Louis Science Center Web Site (K-12)
www.slsc.org 

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet. (K-8) 
http://yucky.kids.discovery.com  
Yucky teaching units (for grades 3-8 and K-2) correlate with the science topics that  students love on the Yucky Site. They are designed to align with your curriculum's scope and sequence and with national standards.

 

The Interactive Library Applets for Math, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry & Earth Science  (6-12) 
http://edinfo.securesites.net/il/il_math.htm
The Interactive Library is about "real interactivity"! The database contains hundreds of activities that make use of sophisticated java, vrml and shockwave programs. Teachers can create their own activity sheet to go with the programs.   Students can use these programs to supplement their classroom activities, or use one of the more advanced applets as a starting point for their science project.

ANATOMY

Get Body Smart (8-12)
http://www.getbodysmart.com
An Online Examination of Human Anatomy and Physiology.  Visually Learn About the Human Body Using Our Interactive "Flash" Animations

Inner Learning Online (9-12)
http://www.innerbody.com
Welcome to inner exploration of Human Anatomy. Each topic has animations, 100’s of graphics, and thousands of descriptive links.

Inside the Brain - An Interactive Tour (6-12)
http://www.alz.org/brain/overview.asp

The Heart:  An Online Exploration.  (4/5-12)
www.fi.edu/biosci/heart.html 
This site was developed by the Franklin Institute of Science Museum.  It is an interactive museum exhibit devoted to the heart.  Included are statistics, resource materials, enrichment activities and a brief glossary. 

Neuroscience for Kids (K-8
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html)
This site is designed to help students learn more about the nervous system.   It also includes links with information on the brain, spinal cord, the neuron, the senses, and other related topics. 

Science & Nature’s Mind & Body  (6-12)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/index_interactivebody.shtml
This site, from the UK, has numerous interactive sites and pages related to the human body and mind. 

FreezeRay  (4-12)
http://freezeray.com/index.html
This site offers a growing bank of imaginative, highly visual teaching-aids developed for use with interactive whiteboards in  schools. The resources are designed to be used as rich sources of visually stimulating material, making use of both animations and drag and drop interactivity.

Human Body Lesson Plans from Discovery.com
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/body.html

Nervous System - Anatomy & Physiology from Get Body Smart (need Flash Player)
http://www.getbodysmart.com/ap/nervoussystem/menu/menu.html

Virtual Body (K-12)
http://medtropolis.com/Vbody.asp
This site contains a collection of interactive presentations on the functions of the brain, the digestive system, the heart, and the skeleton of the human body.

Virtual Brain Tour (6-12)
http://suhep.phy.syr.edu/courses/modules/MM/brain/brain.html

Virtual Dissections, Labs and Field Trips (9-12)
http://www.accessexcellence.org/RC/virtual.php
This site has activities related to Biology and Health

ASTRONOMY & SPACE

Amazing Space. (6-12) 
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu
This site is by the Space Telescope Science Institute an is responsible for the scientific operation of the Hubble Space Telescope.  This site provides a variety of interactive Web based space lessons and related activities.

American Meteorological Society - DataStreme Junction. (K-12)
 

www.ametsoc.org/dstreme/junction
DataStreme Junction is the place where information is found or can be located that promotes the use of current environmental data across the K-12 curriculum.  This is  portal type of site, with numerous related links.

Celestia  
http://shatters.net/celestia
Celestia is  a real-time 3D space simulation featuring a database of over 100000 stars, nearly a hundred solar system, objects, and a complete catalog   You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of the over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.  Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft.


Cosmic Zoom.  (5-12)

http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/cosmic_zoom/index.htm?ASPIRE_Session=... Cosmic Zoom is an idea based on the book entitled Powers of Ten by Morrison and Morrison.  This visual representation is to help give you an idea of the size and scale of the universe. Each image is 10 times bigger or smaller than the one that comes before it or after it.
 

HubbleSite (4/5-12)
http://hubblesite.org
This site from the  Space Telescope Science Institute, allows users to study and view the once-unimaginable celestial phenomena now made visible using Hubble’s cutting-edge technology.  HubbleSite is produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach.

Mars Quest Online (3-8)
www.marsquestonline.org
This site is the result of a collaboration among SSI, NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and TERC.  They have developed 34 highly visual, interactive experiences that highlight the most interesting planetary features.  This site has two main areas, the Tour and the Investigations.  Activities in both areas have specific challenges, natural ending points, and clear measure of success.

Stellarium (4-12)  
www.stellarium.org 
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.  It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.   It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

Virtual Solar System.  (4/5-12)
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/solarsystem/ax/high.html 
This site was created by National Geographic and is an interactive solar system site.  An excellent tool for your students to use as they study our solar system. 
 
Virtual Space Tours from Space.com
http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/virtualspacetour/htmlonly.php

Kids’ Space Sites

Celestia  


www.shatters.net/celestia
This is a simulation program that allows students and teachers to navigate a 3-D solar system.

KidsAstronomy. (K-8)
www.kidsastronomy.com
This site is designed for students interested in astronomy. Links include Teacher’s Corner, Fun With Astronomy, Deep Space, The Solar System, Space Exploration, the Universe and more related links.

Space Place (1-6)
http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov This site offers a variety of hands-on earth and space science activities and projects for elementary school children. 

BIOLOGY

Biology 4 Kids. (3-8)  
www.biology4kids.com
This site contains basic biology information and is not just biology for kids, it's for everyone. It has information on cell structure, cell function, scientific studies, plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and other life science topics.

The Biology Project. (9-12)
www.biology.arizona.edu  
An online interactive resource for learning biology.  There are numerous interactive modules.

Biology Simulations
http://darwin.eeb.uconn.edu/simulations/simulations.html
This site has a number  few simple simulations (written in Java) that can be used  when teaching principles of population genetics and population ecology in various courses.

BioInteractive Lab. (9-12)
www.biointeractive.org
This site is from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  Links include a cardiology lab, other virtual labs, related animation clips, a click learn section, a related virtual museum, cool science for kids and related teacher resources.

Cells Alive. (4/5-12)
www.cellsalive.com
This site is an excellent interactive web site for educators dealing with all aspects of cells.

FreezeRay  (4-12)
http://freezeray.com/index.html
This site offers a growing bank of imaginative, highly visual teaching-aids developed for use with interactive whiteboards in  schools. The resources are designed to be used as rich sources of visually stimulating material, making use of both animations and drag and drop interactivity.

The Interactive Library Applets for Math, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry & Earth Science
http://edinfo.securesites.net/il/il_math.htm
The Interactive Library is about "real interactivity"! The database contains hundreds of activities that make use of sophisticated java, vrml and shockwave programs. Teachers can create their own activity sheet to go with the programs.   Students can use these programs to supplement their classroom activities, or use one of the more advanced applets as a starting point for their science project.

The Visible Human Project. (9-12)

madsci.org/~lynn/VH
This site allows students to view the human body. It is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies. Acquisition of transverse CT, MR and cryosection images of representative male and female bodies has been completed.

World of Teaching.  (K-12)

www.worldofteaching.com
This site contains a variety of PowerPoint teaching presentations in Biology, Chemistry, Math, English, History, Physics, Geography and Spanish.

CHEMISTRY

Chem Buddy (9-12)
www.chembuddy.com 
Every chemist occasionally has to do some simple calculations, like concentration conversion, finding pH, or solving a complicated stoichiometric problem. When these problems are easy, they are waste of time. When they are harder, quite often they get too difficult to solve on paper - that is especially true in case of pH calculations involving several dissociation equilibria. This is when software can save you time and frustration.
 
Chem4Kids. (4-8)
www.chem4kids.com
CHEM4KIDS.COM also has KAPILI.COM. Kapili now has tutorials, an extensive library, experiments, over fifty activities, and downloads like flash cards and workbooks.

FreezeRay  (4-12)
http://freezeray.com/index.html
This site offers a growing bank of imaginative, highly visual teaching-aids developed for use with interactive whiteboards in  schools. The resources are designed to be used as rich sources of visually stimulating material, making use of both animations and drag and drop interactivity.

The Interactive Library Applets for Math, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry & Earth Science  
http://edinfo.securesites.net/il/il_math.htm
The Interactive Library is about "real interactivity"! The database contains hundreds of activities that make use of sophisticated java, vrml and shockwave programs. Teachers can create their own activity sheet to go with the programs.   Students can use these programs to supplement their classroom activities, or use one of the more advanced applets as a starting point for their science project.

Periodic Table of Comic Books (5-12)
http://www.uky.edu/Projects/Chemcomics/
This site covers a number of elements from oxygen to the Metal Men (Gold, Tin, Mercury, Lead and Platinum) to molybdenum.  A search engine lets you quickly mine the periodic table of comics. 
 
ph Meter
www.ph-meter.info 
This site can be used as a device  for potentiometer pH measurements.

Web-based High School Chemistry Simulations
http://cse.edc.org/products/simulations/catalog.asp
This site has provides teachers with links to chemistry simulations, organized by which McREL standard (and in some cases, national science education standard) to which they correspond. You can view the site either through Simulations Aligned to the Standards or you can view the complete list of simulations in our Catalog of Simulations

World of Teaching (K-12)
www.worldofteaching.com
This site contains a variety of PowerPoint teaching presentations in Biology, Chemistry, Math, English, History, Physics, Geography and Spanish.

EARTH SCIENCE
 

Earth Cams for Kids
www.earthcamforkids.com
This portal type site allows student to search for and view various web cams all over the earth.

The Interactive Library Applets for Math, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry & Earth Science
http://edinfo.securesites.net/il/il_math.htm
The Interactive Library is about "real interactivity"! The database contains hundreds of activities that make use of sophisticated java, vrml and shockwave programs. Teachers can create their own activity sheet to go with the programs.   Students can use these programs to supplement their classroom activities, or use one of the more advanced applets as a starting point for their science project.
 
Journey North - A Global Study of Wildlife and Seasonal Migration (6-12)
www.learner.org/jnorth
Journey North engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students share their own field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, gray whales, bald eagles— and other birds and mammals; the budding of plants; changing sunlight; and other natural events. Find migration maps, pictures, standards-based lesson plans, activities and information to help students make local observations and fit them into a global context.

Windows to the Universe (K-12)
http://www.windows.ucar.edu
This site provides a rich array of documents, including images, movies, animations, and data that explore the earth and space sciences.  

 

Seasons Interactive. (4-8) INTERACTIVE
http://highered.mcgrawhill.com/olcweb/cgi/pluginpop.cgi?it=swf::800::600...
This site from McGraw Hill helps illustrate the concept of seasons by providing users with a series of tools to manipulate and observe this cycle. Students can change the Earth's inclination, the speed in which it travels, and how seasons would both feel and appear if our inclination was set to that of other planets.

PHYSICS

Fear of Physics (K-12)
http://www.fearofphysics.com
This is an interactive, highly visual, and non-technical way for students of all ages to learn about the laws of physics in action.

FreezeRay  (4-12)
http://freezeray.com/index.html
This site offers a growing bank of imaginative, highly visual teaching-aids developed for use with interactive whiteboards in  schools. The resources are designed to be used as rich sources of visually stimulating material, making use of both animations and drag and drop interactivity.

The Interactive Library Applets for Math, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry & Earth Science
http://edinfo.securesites.net/il/il_math.htm
The Interactive Library is about "real interactivity"! The database contains hundreds of activities that make use of sophisticated java, vrml and shockwave programs. Teachers can create their own activity sheet to go with the programs.   Students Use these programs to supplement your classroom activities, or use one of the more advanced applets as a starting point for your science project.

My Physics Lab
http://www.myphysicslab.com/
This site, created Eric Neumann, contains a number of interactive physics simulations.  Also included are the math components of the simulations.

PhET (Physics Education Technology) (9-12)
www.colorado.edu/physics/phet
This site from the University of Colorado has fun, interactive simulation of physical phenomena that make bridges to the real world.  A collection of 40 Java applications for introductory physics is available.

World of Teaching (K-12)
www.worldofteaching.com 
This site contains a variety of PowerPoint teaching presentations in Biology, Chemistry, Math, English, History, Physics, Geography and Spanish.
 




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