A 21st-century education revolves around the Internet for everything from collaboration, tools, lessons, and even earning degrees online. If you are looking for ways to integrate online learning into your science class or science degree programs, then take a look at these cool online tools that are just perfect for both teachers and students.
Science Tools to Use with Students
These tools offer opportunities for learning about climate, cells, the human body, nature, and more.
- ChemiCool. Share this periodic table with your class for an easy to use tool with information on each of the specific elements.
- GPS Activities and Lesson Plans. If you are interested in using GPS and geocaching with your science class, get the basics on how it’s done and browse through lessons other teachers have used with their classes.
- Climate Zone. This interactive map allows students to click on continents, then the individual countries, to find climate information all around the world.
- Who Named It?. This site lets your class explore medical conditions and the real people for whom they were named.
- CELLSalive. Take an in-depth look at the secret lives of cells with this interactive tool.
- Visible Body. Try the free demo to see these dynamic 3D models of the human body that include everything from the muscular system to internal organs.
- eNature.com. Discover a ton of great information about the wildlife in your area based on zip code with these online field guides.
- Salk’s Periodic Table. This site offers something much more than just a periodic table, with in-depth details such as who discovered the element, where its name came from, and interesting facts about the element.
Whether you are setting up a new AP curriculum or are just looking for additional material to use with your AP science students, these tools will help.
- Advanced Placement Biology. From the University of Georgia, this tool is meant to help biology teachers set up an AP program in their schools.
- AP Biology On-line Syllabus. Take a look at the links to online activities, chapter assignments, and lecture outlines provided here for help in creating your own AP biology syllabus.
- MIT OpenCourseWare AP Biology. MIT offers links to course material that is appropriate for teachers to use in the AP classroom.
- MIT OpenCourseWare AP Physics. Just like the AP Biology, this resource is loaded with great material for AP physics teachers.
- AP: Math & Science. Use this tool with your students getting ready for AP exams to get exam-day strategies for the science test.
Websites and Resources for Science Teachers
These websites are chock full of amazing resources and tools for science teachers.
- Discovery Education. Discovery Education provides lots of great science and technology programs and tools to assist teachers.
- Edutopia. Educators will find articles, blogs, videos, and much more to support their teaching.
- Google for Educators. Google hosts lots of tools, opportunities, news, and more on topics such as green education and technology.
- National Geographic Education. Take advantage of all the great resources available from National Geographic that include science and space, the environment, animals, and much more.
- Smithsonian Education. The Smithsonian Education page offers a science and technology section full of lesson plans for K-12.
- Highlights for High Schools. MIT compiled all their open courseware material that is appropriate for use by high school teachers of college-bound students at this site.
- Exploratorium Tools for Teaching. this site is loaded with fun tools for teaching science, including hands-on activities, school field trips, and professional development for teachers.
- TryScience The Teacher Page. This site is an awesome tool for science teachers that provides advice for ways to incorporate the information on this site in the classroom, tips for connecting with parents, and professional development opportunities.
- GoAPES. GoAPES is a wiki full of resources for secondary and college-level teachers of Environmental and Earth Science, Geology, and Oceanography.
- eToolBox. Teachers will discover tons of great ideas and tools to help them integrate technology into their classrooms and curriculums.
- Digitally Speaking. This wiki provides links to plenty of awesome tools to promote technology in education through collaboration, networking, and more.
Use these informative environmental calculators with your students.
- Ecological Footprint Quiz. Have students use this quiz to calculate their carbon footprint and spark an ecology discussion.
- Event Calculator. This tool measures the ecological impact of a specific special event and is especially effective for an event that requires participants to travel a distance, such as a wedding.
- Travel Calculator. Use this calculator to determine how much carbon dioxide you are contributing to the environment for each trip you make, depending on the type of transportation you are using.
- EE Week Carbon Footprint Calculator. This carbon footprint calculator is specially designed for youth and also includes a teacher’s guide to help with lesson planning.
Playing online games isn’t just fun, it can also be educational. Check out these online games that teach about science and nature.
- Online Science Games. This page provides links to tons of great educational science games and are grouped by grade level from pre-K to 12.
- ElectroCity. This game allows middle school students to mange cities and towns while learning about energy, sustainability, and more.
- LogiCity. LogiCity is designed specifically for people 25 and under and is a 3D game that has students working to reduce an average resident’s carbon footprint.
- FreeRice. While this online game is better known for its vocabulary practice, change the subject and select one of two chemistry challenges for a little educational fun.
- WolfQuest. Students from 4th grade and up will enjoy playing this science-based game that teaches what it’s like to live as a wolf in Yellowstone National Park, which is mainly located in Wyoming, with parts extending into Montana and Idaho.
- PowerUp. Save Planet Helios from ecological disaster in this game that also has options for students with learning disabilities, visual impairments, and fine motor difficulties.
- Global Warming Interactive. Appropriate for high school students, this multi-user educational game teaches the impact of political, economic, and scientific decisions that affect the Earth and its climate.
- Engaging Science Online Games. Have students learn about what objects are conductors or insulators of electricity, learn about wetlands, study the moon, and more.
Use Google Earth with these lesson plans, programs, and virtual tours to provide dynamic science lessons.
- Google Earth Ocean. This virtual tour from Google Earth provides students with the opportunity to explore the oceans and all that is within and around them.
- Meteors. Students can locate places around the world where meteors have hit and can use the information for expanded lessons.
- San Francisco: visualizing a safer city. This group project for middle school students involves planning to make San Francisco safer during a major earthquake.
- Google Earth Sky. Who says you need to be a part of NASA to explore space? Use this Google Earth tour for an other-worldly experience.
- Energy Consumption Rates across the USA and the World. Using Google Earth and a few other resources to help students examine and compare energy consumption rates around the world.
- Environmental Reconnaissance of a Salt Marsh. Older students can use Google Earth, field work, photography, and other resources to learn about salt marshes.
- The Diamond Trade. Students will explore the social and ecological impact of the diamond trade in this lesson.
- The Boxing Day Tsunami. Have students examine the causes and effects of the devastating tsunami that occurred on December 26, 2004.
- Modelling sea level change on the Gold Coast. Combine surfing with shrinking coastlines along the Gold Coast in this lesson.
- Explore the Arctic with Google Earth. The Sierra Club provides this lesson that has students exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- Geosights of Utah. Your class can study the geological formations in Utah on this virtual field trip with Google Earth.
- Global Vulcanism Program. This site utilizes Google Earth to help students study volcanoes around the world.
- Weather and Storm Tracking Tools in Google Earth. Students can study weather and track real storms using Google Earth.
- Great Green Buildings. When studying humanity’s impact on the environment, include this tour that looks at buildings that have received the highest level of certification from the Energy Department.