Our February Resource of the Month is BioEd Online, an information-packed website for science teachers, K-12 students, and parents. These free online materials were developed for educational outreach by Baylor College of Medicine. The site, which has won the AAAS Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE), offers teaching aids in environmental science, genetics, neuroscience, virology, and other areas. Their up-to-date materials and science news are edited by faculty and staff of Baylor College of Medicine.
On the home page, you can select News, Courses, Lessons and More, Videos, Slides, or Library. Hover your mouse over News for a drop-down menu showing a half-dozen current Nature News stories, plus a list of Hot Topics on issues like increasing polio risk, embryonic stem cells, mad cow disease, and bird flu. Hot Topics are chosen for their relevance to students’ day-to-day lives, and to help teachers stay current and integrate these topics into their classrooms.
Or, hover over Courses for a list of free, interactive courses for teachers and other adult learners: Bench to Blackboard modules (earning 6 contact hours) guide you through science topics, journal articles, and self-assessments. Users log in to access the learning materials and, after completing a module, you can print your contact-hour certificate! Current interactive modules include Key Advances in Genetics and Seminal Experiments in Genetics.
Or maybe you’d like in-depth Short Courses taught by teachers, scientists, and science educators focusing on science inquiry. Our favorite? An Introduction to Genes and Inherited Traits!
Hover your mouse again to browse the menus for Lessons and More, Videos, Slides, or Library. Under Slides, for example, click on Classroom Slides, then Genetics and Inheritance, then Complex Traits to access six student activities on canine genetics! You can even pick each slide for your own PowerPoints to enrich lessons from the downloadable Associated Teacher Guide.
BioEd Online was put together by Baylor science professionals, and is regularly updated with news and hot topics in science. Not only does it offer creative and timely lesson plans, teachers’ guides, and visual aids, but the courses enable teachers to earn contact hours and certificates while updating their knowledge of contemporary science. You can also subscribe to their mailing list, request help via a FAQ page, or receive a personal reply through Contact Us. Few sites offer teachers so many growth opportunities while, at the same time, providing classroom resources that will enliven science classes for students of all ages.
About the Creators:
BioEd Online, a program of the Center for Educational Outreach at Baylor College of Medicine, was developed to offer free resources for science education, including: streaming video presentations, a searchable slide library, teachers’ guides and resources, and regularly updated news stories selected by the program’s expert Editorial Board. Supporting organizations include the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, several NIH institutes (NHLBI, NIAID, NIEHS, NIDA), the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.