Here is a select set of teaching resources and guidance on how to use virtual labs for teaching Biology. Virtual labs let you and your students engage in science, learning Biology through active participation rather than passive observation.
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|Name||Drosophila – a Virtual Fly Lab|
|Overview||Students mate fruit flies carrying visible mutations and observe how these traits are passed on to the next generation to learn principles of genetic inheritance. For more information see MERLOT Material Detail for Drosophila|
|Grade Levels||Middle School, High School, and College|
|Recommended Lesson Plans||MERLOT Learning Exercise for Virtual Courseware - Drosophila|
|Other Lesson Plans||All MERLOT Learning Exercises for Drosophila|
|Engaging Students where English is a Second Language||Not yet available|
|Applicable CA Standards||Drosophila Standards for California|
|Assessment Rubrics||Drosophila has built-in customizable assessment tools. Teacher registration is free.|
|How to Use this Lab||To take an animated tour, click on the Tour tab at Drosophila – a Virtual Fly Lab . An Instructor’s Manual is also available as a pdf.|
|Get Expert Advice||Robert Desharnais – author of Drosophila and Professor of Biology at Cal State LA|
|Comments from Fellow Teachers||MERLOT Comments for Drosophila|
|Add Your Comments and Rate It||Use the “Write a comment” link on the right hand side of the MERLOT Material Detail for Drosophila page.|
|Add Your Lesson Plans to the Collection||Use the “Create a learning exercise” link on the right hand side of the MERLOT Material Detail for Drosophila page.|
Under the direction of Dr. Bob Desharnais, the Virtual Courseware Project at California State University, Los Angles has developed an exciting array of award winning simulations to support teachers and students investigating topics in Earth Systems Science and Biology. At http://www.Sciencecourseware.org/ you will find a collection of exciting simulations These materials will let your students do Science not just listen or read about Science.
Biological Sciences Pathway Provided by BEN: BioSciEdNet at AAAS BEN Collaborative partner organizations provide access to over 4,700 reviewed resources covering 77 biological Sciences topics. BEN provides resources, tools, and professional development for educators at the high school and undergraduate levels. BEN is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Registration is required.
Pathway to Multimedia Resources for the Classroom Provided by Teachers' Domain at WGBH Teachers' Domain offers multimedia resources incorporating sound educational practices and provides teachers with media-rich resources that go beyond static textbook presentations. Classroom-ready resources include video clips, interactive activities, and images from educational public television shows such as NOVA, ZOOM, and A Science Odyssey. Curricula are aligned and referenced online to state standards in Science content. Registration is required.
Middle School Portal Provided by Digital Library Projects at The Ohio State University The NSDL Middle School Portal provides access to selected online resources for instruction and professional development from the National Science Digital Library. Subject pathways in Mathematics, Science, and Technology present topic lists that take an in-depth look at teachable concepts in Science, Math, or Technology. Features include lively text and graphics along with background for teachers, interactive online activities, data analyses, and links to related topics.
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