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Conflict Yellowstone Wolves - Keith Nuthall

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6 to 12
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This webquest carefully examines the problem of possible wolf extinction, their re-introduction into the wild, the opposition of the ranchers in the area etc. By presenting small groups...more
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This webquest carefully examines the problem of possible wolf extinction, their re-introduction into the wild, the opposition of the ranchers in the area etc. By presenting small groups of students with a real issue, the quest will teach how to perform and evaluate research before developing a point of view on an issue. For the final project of the quest, users write an editorial stating their well-researched viewpoint. Students don't do original research but rather use the articles contained within the project. Contains a rubric for evaluation as well as a form for "pre-writing" so the process of research and final presentation is carefully controlled. Users need RealAudio to hear the howls of the wolves.

tag(s): conservation (128), endangered species (38), environment (319), species (29)

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Update this project a little and have students deliver their reports via podcast, giving them practice on oral reporting and editing. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).Student groups can present their reports to the class or post the to the class wiki or webpage. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Arborday.org Tree Guide - National Arbor Day Foundation

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Besides identifying trees, users learn about forest ground layers, enrich their vocabulary, study tree anatomy and health, and hone their searching skills. When users are looking for...more
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Besides identifying trees, users learn about forest ground layers, enrich their vocabulary, study tree anatomy and health, and hone their searching skills. When users are looking for the name of tree by looking at its leaf, this website will identify the leaf and then lead to so much more information! People who want to learn how to take care of trees learn about soils, types of land, and even how to plant (video included)!

tag(s): trees (30)

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A good reference resource for outdoor outings involving leaf collecting or as a reference site during your botany unit. There are portions of the site where items and memberships are for sale, so preview and alert your students to avoid these areas.

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DNA for Dinner webquest - William E. Peace

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This webquest provides activities for groups of four students each to learn background, new developments, and legislative impact of genetic engineering. It addresses the controversial...more
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This webquest provides activities for groups of four students each to learn background, new developments, and legislative impact of genetic engineering. It addresses the controversial topic of whether people should eat genetically engineered crops. Each of the students has a separate assignment within the overall webquest. Students learn how to research both sides of a question and provide a balanced, thoughtful examination of a hot topic by using a scientific approach to gain background information, develop critical thinking skills, examine legislative efforts related to the topic, and present findings in an original way. The site includes a grading rubric.

tag(s): engineering (125)

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Divide students carefully into well balanced groups so that they learn not only the topic of genetic engineering, but also the process of researching, analyzing, and presenting findings.

This site would make an excellent "hands-on" activity in a biology class where students can experience both scientific research and policy-making on a first hand basis. If your students are also studying government, they should have an even better sense of the processes involved.

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Biology Online - Biology Online Team

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This bulletin board style site includes links to online tutorials, web resources, an online editable biology dictionary, and forums on various biology topics. The dictionary is much...more
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This bulletin board style site includes links to online tutorials, web resources, an online editable biology dictionary, and forums on various biology topics. The dictionary is much like wikipedia, with the public able to edit and change the entires, but the site is moderated by a team. You may not want to accept the dictionary as a formal "source," but your students will like the ease with which they can look up terms and review biology material on this online environment.

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Include a link to this one among the resources on your teacher web page so stumped students have somewhere to turn while reviewing or doing homework. You must be a member to edit the dictionary, add posts to the forum, or suggest a resource (membership is free). Perhaps you want to set up a class account so you can add entries together from a projector in class.

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Knock on the Door: Biology - EABJM

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This site, created by and for the largest independent school in France, is intedned to help teachers and students prepare for the IB tests in biology. A team of teachers ...more
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This site, created by and for the largest independent school in France, is intedned to help teachers and students prepare for the IB tests in biology. A team of teachers from the school created the site. It includes extensive resources and readings on biology, as well as review activities.

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Make this a reference link from your teacher web page or use the site as a different way to introduce content so students can move at thier own pace.

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Cells Are Us - Partnership for Environment Education and Rural Health

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This comprehensive site includes lesson pans, interactive review tools, and online activities for every aspect of teaching cell biology to middle grades. There are complete teacher...more
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This comprehensive site includes lesson pans, interactive review tools, and online activities for every aspect of teaching cell biology to middle grades. There are complete teacher ages, concept maps, and even a Cells Are Us bingo game for review. You must log in (as a guest) to see the teacher pages. Some content may be useful even in a high school biology class.

tag(s): cells (103)

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Some of the interactives would make good interactive whiteboard or partner-shared review games. The entire site should be a link from your teacher web page for students to use in at-home review.

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Dr. Saul's Biology in Motion - Leif Saul

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8 to 12
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Try these outstanding, highly-visual online activities, quizzes, and demonstrations to teach and reinforce biology concepts, including: classification, mitosis and meiosis, how enzymes...more
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Try these outstanding, highly-visual online activities, quizzes, and demonstrations to teach and reinforce biology concepts, including: classification, mitosis and meiosis, how enzymes work, selection/mutation/evolution, and multiple physiological processes. Your students will love the animation, created by a college professor/game developer.

tag(s): body systems (58), evolution (102), meiosis (15), mitosis (11)

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Several of these interactives would be terrific on an interactive whiteboard or projector. The quizzes would be a great way to review on the whiteboard before a test.

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Genomics: Systems Biology for Energy and Environment - U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science

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Find extensive, up-to-date information on the Human Genome Project, ethical issues in genetics, biofuels, microbial genome research, and much more. This site would be a fantastic resource...more
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Find extensive, up-to-date information on the Human Genome Project, ethical issues in genetics, biofuels, microbial genome research, and much more. This site would be a fantastic resource for student biology and microbiology research projects and career explorations. Help your students see what is happening in the very real world of science today.

tag(s): energy (202), environment (319)

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Plan a web scavenger hunt to help students learn more about the scientific fields related to their biology class or use specific resources within this very adult site to share the excitement. The image gallery is worth some class time with a projector, for sure! Bring the science to life in the real world. The images may be used in your class projects and materials, as long as you give credit.

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Stockwatch-Catch, Cash and Community - Defra

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9 to 12
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This is an online simulation game focuses on sustainable fishing (NOT the Stock Market as the title might lead one to believe!). Students can manipulate variables (numbers of fishing...more
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This is an online simulation game focuses on sustainable fishing (NOT the Stock Market as the title might lead one to believe!). Students can manipulate variables (numbers of fishing boats, catch quotas) and see how those changes affect both the bottom line and the environment. Each change results in a year's worth of data (up to 15 year's worth), and then reactions from different stakeholders. The game can be played at a basic level and at an advanced level.

tag(s): environment (319), fish (26), resources (112)

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The game could be helpful in showing students that "success" in a business that affects the environment can be measured in a number of ways: cash flow, environmental impact, community support. The game could be played cooperatively by groups of students on an interactive whiteboard, or could be played individually by students. Since it's available on-line, students could be instructed to play the game at home or during study halls and then be prepared to share their individual data in group discussion. Requires FLASH!
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Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms - National Institutes of Health

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This complete unit on sleep disrorders and natural rhythms includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete...more
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This complete unit on sleep disrorders and natural rhythms includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about the complex world of sleep (without inducing it!). NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader). This unit also includes a databse collection program for students to participate actively in scientific data collection and inquiry about sleep.

tag(s): psychology (64), rhythm (20)

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Read through the unit completely before you "cherry pick" portions or decide to use it in full.
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Human Genetic Variation - National Institutes of Health

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This complete unit on human genetic variation includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student...more
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This complete unit on human genetic variation includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about sickle cell, molecular biology, and more. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader).

tag(s): genetics (91)

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Even if you do not use the unit in full, the videos and links are worth investigating. Turn on the projector and share or print out handouts and other print materials to supplement your study of genetics. This unit does not have as many multimedia components as some of the other units on this NIH site, so it may be more challenging for weaker readers.
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Cell Biology and Cancer - National Institutes of Health

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This complete unit on cell biology and cancer includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student...more
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This complete unit on cell biology and cancer includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about cancer and the cell cycle, evaluating claims about cancer, and more. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader).

tag(s): cells (103)

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Check out the Getting Started section for information on the required plug-ins (Quicktime, Flash, Acrobat. Even if you do not use the unit in full, the videos and links are worth investigating. Turn on the projector and share or have students use this site to research about cancer as part of a health unit. The videos and clear information make the site very approachable, even for less able students.
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Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases - National INstitutes of Health

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This complete unit on infectious diseases includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials...more
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This complete unit on infectious diseases includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about infectious diseases, resistant bacteria, and more. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are vidoes to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader).

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Even if you do not use the unit in full, the videos and links are worth investigating. Turn on the projector and share the world of science, even without a lab.
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eNature:FieldGuides - Trees - eNature

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4 to 12
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This site provides detailed research information on over 900 types of trees. The details include pictures, habitat, family, and locations. Classes from elementary science to advanced...more
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This site provides detailed research information on over 900 types of trees. The details include pictures, habitat, family, and locations. Classes from elementary science to advanced biology can use this reference to identify and categorize tress. If you join the site (free), you can keep a list of the trees you identify in your area. Join as a class to keep a tree "log" (sorry- bad pun) of your community.

tag(s): habitats (85), trees (30)

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Use this site for quick research activities. The site provides explicit details and is very user-friendly. If your science units include a leaf collection, this reference link os a must for your teacher web site.

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Conservation Investigation: Seahorses - Shedd Aquarium and Educational Adventures

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9 to 12
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This interactive website is amazing - both informative and entertaining. Students are sent on a mission as an investigative reporter from a local newspaper. This interactive lesson...more
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This interactive website is amazing - both informative and entertaining. Students are sent on a mission as an investigative reporter from a local newspaper. This interactive lesson takes students up close to the Philippines to observe seahorses. Students also complete their investigations by interviews and library research all pre-created at the Shedd Aquarium. The culminating activity requires students to prepare a persuasive article. This site is extremely well done and students will enjoy the videos, unique activities and the original way that the information is presented. Note: our editors had difficulty accessing some of the interview videos. There's apparently a codec issue with these. That's geek speak for, "They don't work." The rest of the site works fine, however, just be sure to pre-test videos you assign to students.

tag(s): conservation (128)

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Use this investigation to spice up your conservation, marine biology or general science classes. It is multi-disciplinary and very interesting.

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NyeLabs - Bill Nye, Inc.

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K to 12
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for...more
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for at-home learning fun, directions to make some unique science crafts and some very interesting science facts. The site requires FLASH. Some downloadable directions use Acrobat Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): scientists (69)

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If showing your class a Bill Nye video, the episode guides will help to organize the lesson. Students may enjoy simply surfing the site, some very interesting facts are displayed! Don't forget to check out the "home demos" for some new ideas. This is a great site to include as a general enrichment link from your teacher web page. Hook some young scientists!
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Singing Science Records - Ballads for the Age of Science

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1 to 12
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Listen to songs to teach important (and less important) science concepts. This collection of MP3 files was generated from an old set of records (yes, those round vinyl things that ...more
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Listen to songs to teach important (and less important) science concepts. This collection of MP3 files was generated from an old set of records (yes, those round vinyl things that had scratches). While the actual copyright holder information is a gray area, you can feel safe in playing the songs from the site. Most likely, these songs from the 1950s and 60s are past copyright at this point. In any case, you can click to play from smaller or larger file versions. Be patient while they load, even over a broadband connection. It will be worth the wait to teach parts of plants, the water cycle, weather, motion, energy, electricity, and MANY other topics with just a computer and set of speakers to help students retain the information. Most of the content is elementary to middle school age, but some is high school level. Learning support teachers seeking alternate study strategies will love this one!

tag(s): animals (284), energy (202), mammals (33), motion (62), plants (152), space (213), water (131), water cycle (34), weather (194)

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Include the links to specific songs for review on your teacher web site or play one of the songs as students enter the room (a sort of audio anticipatory set). You will definitely need to turn up the speakers. Elementary music teachers might want to pick up one of the songs while the students are studying these topics and teach the music and lyrics during music class!

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Living in an Alkaline Environment - Microbial Life Educational Resources

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Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part activity that explores the ecology and diversity of life in alkaline environments. The activities feature Mono Lake, CA as an example...more
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Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part activity that explores the ecology and diversity of life in alkaline environments. The activities feature Mono Lake, CA as an example of an alkaline, hypersaline ecosystem. The first two activities on this site are classroom lesson plans, and the third is an online investigation. Complete lesson plans and standards are included. The final activity asks students to draw upon their new knowledge to research organisms living in and around Mono Lake, and create field guide pages and a food web detailing the Mono Lake ecosystem.

tag(s): ecology (135)

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ICBL: Investigative Case-Based Learning - BioQuest Curriculum Consortium

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11 to 12
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Really excite your AP biology, ecology, and biochemistry students with these real-world applications of the sciences in solving problems. Each case is presented in a narrative, and...more
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Really excite your AP biology, ecology, and biochemistry students with these real-world applications of the sciences in solving problems. Each case is presented in a narrative, and the learner resources include advice on reading cases, collecting data, and all the steps to solve the problems. There are over two dozen problems across several biology, chemistry, ecology, and molecular biology disciplines. These are college-level problems, so you may want to use one as a whole-class activity to model the process and spur enthusiasm for further scientific study. The ideal is then to allow groups of students to continue with the investigations, if they have sufficient knowledge to do so on their own.

tag(s): genetics (91), scientific method (64)

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Review the cases and select one that extends your curriculum, then share it on a projector so students are not overwhelmed by the level of sophistication at first. These would also be ideal for gifted high school students interested in the sciences.

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Biological ESTEEM: Excel Simulations and Tools for Exploratoty, Experiential Mathematics - Bioquest and MAA Online

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AP Biology teachers will love these downloadable, advanced mathematical models (Excel and other) for many biology concepts in ecology, botany, genetics, biochemistry, and more. Created...more
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AP Biology teachers will love these downloadable, advanced mathematical models (Excel and other) for many biology concepts in ecology, botany, genetics, biochemistry, and more. Created for college classrooms, the models are quite sophisticated and may be best used by advanced students or as a whole-class activity. These models provide real-world application of mathemetical and scientific concepts that are certain to excite budding scientists. The desciptions include computer software specifications for successful use. Some examples of applications include: a model for biogeography and the impact of mainland species pool, area of the island, and distance of the island from the mainland on the species available on the island; a 3D mathematical model of various factors' impact on the growth of tree branches; and a worksheet that simulates the population growth of two interacting species

tag(s): ecology (135), environment (319), modeling (10), species (29), statistics (123)

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Teachers eager to spread enthusiasm for true scientific inquiry and use of mathematical tools in the sciences may want to select one of these tools to extend their regular curriculum. Share it on a projector so students are not overwhelmed with the college-level material at first.

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