GeneEd is a National Library of Medicine (NLM) website featuring vetted, high-level internet resources for high school teachers (and students) interested in genetics and related areas of education and discovery. An NLM team compiles approved resource links – each accompanied by a brief description – of web-based articles, lab experiments, games, teachers’ resources, lesson plans, videos, and interactives. Described as a “learning portal for high school biology and science teachers,” GeneEd covers the major elements of the high school (Grades 9-12) biology curriculum and greatly lessens anxiety about unreliable online resources. Resource links on the GeneEd site are selected by a team of educators, genetics experts, and librarians at the NLM.
GeneEd employs colorful navigation buttons at the top of each page for choosing major content areas such as Topics, Labs & Experiments, Teacher Resources, Careers in Genetics, and Highlights. More defined content areas – such as DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Genetic Conditions, or Epigenetics/ Inheritance and the Environment – are also listed in grouped listings. Whatever you pick (and there are many fascinating options) will open a new page with 10s or even 100s of annotated links on that subject. Links are listed alphabetically within each topic making it easy to spot a title you want. A Search bar at the top of the screen also simplifies your search.
The wealth of material available here can seem overwhelming at first, but the site is very user friendly. Plus, many of the resources are unique and innovative. For instance, a featured link under Teacher Resources is “Harry Potter’s World” – a site using J. K. Rowling’s “richly described characters whose appearances can serve as examples of how parents pass their genes with specific genetic traits to their children ... Draco Malfoy seems to have inherited the almost white blond hair and gray eyes in his father, Lucius. Hagrid is a son produced by a human and a giantess and his size is somewhere between a normal wizard and a giant.”
GeneEd comes close to being a “one-stop shopping” site for teachers of genetics and related disciplines. Does the information exist elsewhere on the web? Of course, and the links take you there. GeneEd provides a sort of “Underwriters Laboratories Seal of Approval” for your classroom genetics resources. Whether you enjoy cruising the site for hours, or find one small corner that fulfills all your curriculum needs, you can be assured the resources have been reviewed by knowledgeable people in the field of genetics/genomics. No more wondering whether “Joe’s Genome Sequencing Blog” is a reliable resource or not. What you’ll find on GeneEd is solid and reliable teaching resources, and confidence that your biology students are using some of the best information available in this rapidly growing field.
About the Creators:
GeneEd Web, a genetics resource for students and teachers grades 9-12, is developed and maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of NIH. The NLM worked with teachers, as well as experts in genetics and genetic counseling, to select topics for the GeneEd site and choose links that would be reliable and effective for classroom use. NLM staff also checked the contents of each link to be sure they met NLM standards.