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Find engaging tools related to genetics in this curated list. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources. Some resources offer lesson plans or activities, while others are basic content sites. 

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Numerade - Numerade.com

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Numerade is an interactive science and math platform that contains over one million video lessons taught by top educators from around the US. Engage with the site's content through...more
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Numerade is an interactive science and math platform that contains over one million video lessons taught by top educators from around the US. Engage with the site's content through several different options, including questions found in many textbooks, test prep books, or "Winter Break Bootcamps" that provide short, focused lessons on topics such as calculus and physics. Each lesson is a video explanation of specific questions and uses whiteboards to draw and share information. Registration isn't necessary to view and share videos; it provides the opportunity to create classrooms by importing information from Google Classroom or manually creating a class. Use your class information to build and share playlists with students. Registered users also have the option to create and share videos with students.

tag(s): chemicals (39), genetics (69), statistics (111), STEM (215), test prep (70), variables (15), video (245)

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Numerade features video lessons from many different textbooks, making it a useful resource to supplement current classroom content. Check to see if your current textbooks are available, including videos as a part of a playlist to share with students. Take advantage of the playlists as a resource for homework or remote learning lessons. Use the videos found on this site as a model for students to share and explain their solutions to math and science problems. Incorporate a FlipGrid, reviewed here, assignment to post questions for student response, and ask them to use the whiteboard feature to share solutions and their problem-solving process. Consider sharing videos with advanced students to use as a resource for working ahead within textbooks, or by assigning a different textbook than used in class.

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iBiology - Ron Vale

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iBiology provides hundreds of videos from scientists sharing the latest in scientific research. Video topics include interviews, lectures, and storytelling. Begin your search on the...more
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iBiology provides hundreds of videos from scientists sharing the latest in scientific research. Video topics include interviews, lectures, and storytelling. Begin your search on the site by selecting the "Start Here" link. Choose a talk by selecting your role as a researcher, educator, student, or someone curious about biology. Each talk includes a short overview of the topic and a speaker's bio. Videos are hosted on YouTube, be sure that your school filters allow access before sharing with students on school computers or download using the links provided in each video.

tag(s): cells (81), diseases (70), ecology (96), evolution (86), genetics (69), plants (134), STEM (215)

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Bookmark this site to use with classroom lessons. Share a link to selected videos for students to view on your class website or blog (be sure to preview videos before sharing to ensure content is appropriate for your age-level students). Use a tool like playposit, reviewed here, to engage students by making interactive content with these videos. Add questions for students to discuss, gather student comments, and include polls to receive immediate feedback to guide your lessons. As an alternative to your traditional assessment, ask students to create an explainer video using FlexClip, reviewed here to explain and demonstrate biology content learned throughout your unit.

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BiologyGuide - Simon Bluhm, Anna Wicking, and Sandra Benedict

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9 to 12
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BiologyGuide is a site from the United Kingdom providing study information and videos for Advanced Placement biology topics. Choose topics from the four different categories to view...more
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BiologyGuide is a site from the United Kingdom providing study information and videos for Advanced Placement biology topics. Choose topics from the four different categories to view outlines with information on the category. In addition to outlines, this site also offers many videos including course notes. The best way to find videos is to click on the video link, then "view all courses" instead of entering a search term. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. Topic pages include unmoderated Facebook comments. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): advanced placement (24), cells (81), diseases (70), ecosystems (65), evolution (86), genetics (69), heart (26), human body (92), molecules (36), nutrition (131), photosynthesis (21), reproduction (7), respiration (9)

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Take advantage of the many study guides and videos from this site for use in your classroom. Share links to materials on your class web page for students to use at home. Share this site as a way to review before tests. Use videos from BiologyGuide as examples and challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own review videos using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Decoding Cancer - Discovery Education

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Decoding Cancer brings cancer research to the high school classroom. The site includes many standards-based interactive lessons applying knowledge in genetics, pathology, and more....more
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Decoding Cancer brings cancer research to the high school classroom. The site includes many standards-based interactive lessons applying knowledge in genetics, pathology, and more. Find a Cancer Treatment Virtual Lab for students to learn how to order tests and treatments for cancer patients. Decoding Cancer also features career profiles introducing students to health-care professions and an extensive glossary featuring doctor and scientist's terminology.

tag(s): genetics (69), human body (92), medicine (53)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans (provided in PowerPoint format) and interactives for use when teaching genetics, health, or biology lessons. Be sure to share this site with students interested in medical careers and gifted learners. After learning about cancer, have students create a multimedia presentation using Beautiful.AI, reviewed here. Challenge students to share their findings on cancer treatments and research. Sign up for Decoding Cancer to receive updates and notification of new site additions.

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Science in the Classroom - Science in the Classroom

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Science in the Classroom offers free annotated research articles and teaching materials. Choose any item to read each article in full. Dig a little deeper by selecting a Learning Lens,...more
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Science in the Classroom offers free annotated research articles and teaching materials. Choose any item to read each article in full. Dig a little deeper by selecting a Learning Lens, found at the bottom of any article under Teaching Resources, to focus on specific information within the article such as conclusions or connections to standards highlighted by different colors. Also, this site offers Thought Questions for each article allowing readers to extend thinking beyond the information provided. Some selections include videos. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): animals (260), cells (81), diseases (70), drugs and alcohol (27), genetics (69), human body (92), medicine (53), plants (134), STEM (215)

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Science in the Classroom is a must-add to any high school classroom. View articles together on your interactive whiteboard as you add highlighted annotations to focus on the content. Alternatively, print a copy of the article and have students add highlights to compare to the site's highlighted portions. Be sure to help weaker readers and ESL/ELL students by sharing the vocabulary words before reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard or screen and highlighting them in the text as you come to them. Flip learning by having students read an article before coming to class, ask them to prepare questions they have for when they return to class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to review important vocabulary or content from any article.

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Teach.Genetics - Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah

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Find free tools and resources for teaching genetics, bioscience, and health at Teach.Genetics. Scroll down the page to view an alphabetized list of all available curriculum models,...more
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Find free tools and resources for teaching genetics, bioscience, and health at Teach.Genetics. Scroll down the page to view an alphabetized list of all available curriculum models, or choose the link to the Curriculum Index at the top of the page to find the complete list of available materials. Each model includes complete teaching materials, including student and teacher guides as well as supplemental material such as worksheets and quizzes.

tag(s): body systems (39), evolution (86), genealogy (7), genetics (69), heart (26), human body (92)

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Take advantage of the many free educational materials for use in your science classroom. Use materials from this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share topics from Teach.Genetics with students for use with science fair projects. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Beautiful.AI, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Use a tool such as bubbl.us, reviewed here, to create and share the concept maps of information included with activities.
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Untamed Science - Rob Nelson

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Make science fun using Untamed Science. Focusing on biology and ecology, these videos and quick fact pages offer high interest and fast-paced information in many topics. Search or browse...more
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Make science fun using Untamed Science. Focusing on biology and ecology, these videos and quick fact pages offer high interest and fast-paced information in many topics. Search or browse through the full list of videos. Begin at either Tree of Life or Biology to find categories within each section. Be sure to also check out the How-to Filmmaking portion of the site to learn about filmmaking, beginning with the basics through advanced filmmaking approaches. If your district blocks YouTube, the video clips may not be viewable. While most topics are appropriate for teenage students, you may want to preview.

tag(s): amphibians (16), animals (260), biomes (114), cells (81), ecology (96), evolution (86), fish (17), genetics (69), mammals (23), planets (108), reptiles (10), video (245)

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Use videos from this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Create a link to videos (or use the embed code from the YouTube page) on your class website or blog for students to view at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own science videos modeled after these and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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CK-12 - CK-12 Foundation

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5 to 12
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CK-12 offers a large variety of lessons and resources in STEM topics mostly geared for sixth grade and higher. Choose to access the site as a student or teacher to ...more
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CK-12 offers a large variety of lessons and resources in STEM topics mostly geared for sixth grade and higher. Choose to access the site as a student or teacher to begin. Search by specific content or to find standards-aligned flexbook textbooks. Download flexbooks in several formats such as PDF or mobi and epub format for use on Kindle and e-readers. Create an account and add flexbooks to your list. Add your own files and resources. Specific topic searches provide links to information from flexbooks as well as available study aids, activities, and assessments.

tag(s): atoms (41), cells (81), charts and graphs (165), decades (8), energy (126), equations (125), fractions (179), genetics (69), inequalities (23), landforms (37), measurement (137), oceans (129), organisms (15), periodic table (41), probability (100), pythagorean theorem (24), rocks (36), scientific method (46), seasons (31), solar energy (32), solar system (94), statistics (111), STEM (215), test prep (70), variables (15)

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Introduce CK-12 to your students (and parents) on your interactive whiteboard and demonstrate ways to use the site at home. Be sure to create a link to the site on your class website or blog for easy access at any time. Create an account and upload your own resources and activities to create your own flexbooks for use with students. CK-12 is available in many languages. Use this site with your ESL/ELL students as a supplement to classroom resources.
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Geniverse - Concord Consortium

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Run genetic experiments by choosing genotypes and phenotypes while predicting outcomes and observing the actual results. This tool models genetic principles and is a simulation to show...more
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Run genetic experiments by choosing genotypes and phenotypes while predicting outcomes and observing the actual results. This tool models genetic principles and is a simulation to show genetics and the process of meiosis. This activity specifies that it should be done using the Chrome web browser, though it appears to work in Firefox, as well.

tag(s): genetics (69), meiosis (9)

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Use the simulations as a preview activity to generate questions about the models used. Use to discuss major vocabulary and content needed for understanding of meiosis and genetics. Introduce content and use this resource to create a simulation lab that reinforces the content and engages students into predicting outcomes and creating explanations.

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DNA From the Beginning

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This is an extensive, well-designed site which lets users create their own personalized study of genetics and DNA. Students can proceed at their own pace through an extensive set of...more
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This is an extensive, well-designed site which lets users create their own personalized study of genetics and DNA. Students can proceed at their own pace through an extensive set of topics, each with explanation, animations, visual materials, and quizzes.

tag(s): dna (40), genetics (69)

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The content is "real world" and could also be a great review or brush-up for teachers who haven't encountered this material in a while.

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Wellcome Trust Education Resources - Wellcome Trust Center

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Find an impressive array of science resources on this site. View the Big Picture issues that explore issues in science and medicine such as "Genes, Genomes, and Health," "Influenza,"...more
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Find an impressive array of science resources on this site. View the Big Picture issues that explore issues in science and medicine such as "Genes, Genomes, and Health," "Influenza," "How We Look," and "Epidemics" to name a few. Download resources for use and use additional online information/interactives. Scroll down the page to click on "Scientific animations" for more great resources. Click on a Big Picture topic to view web only content, downloads, and articles.

tag(s): ethics (20), genetics (69)

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Find fascinating articles and activities to push science topics into more relevant terms. In a unit of Genetics, discuss the Genome Project and its advantages and issues. Read articles and discuss the similarities in human genetics to that of other organisms. Click on "How Unique Are You?" to learn more about common traits such as tongue rolling and hairlines. Follow the registration on this page (username and password only) to find how your traits compare to others. Find lesson plans for many of the topics in these sections including the DNA Database and the issues surrounding its use. Use these resources to further understand what is learned in the classroom and bring to light many of the issues of today. Use the information for class debates or position papers, letters to the editor, or poster campaigns. Have your students try something other than PowerPoint and create a Prezi presentation (reviewed here), all about a topic they explored on this site (independently or with a partner).
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The Gene Scene - American Museum of Natural History

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The Gene Scene offers a vivid and creative way to explore genetics. The site provides interesting facts, interactive games, activities, and information about DNA, cloning, and more....more
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The Gene Scene offers a vivid and creative way to explore genetics. The site provides interesting facts, interactive games, activities, and information about DNA, cloning, and more. Have you ever been on a global grocery excursion? Students can do this in their cupboards at home or at their local grocery store. Using the Ology questionnaire, plan a genetic journey about curled tongues and wiggly ears.

tag(s): dna (40), genetics (69)

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Assign students to explore a section and complete the genetic journey then use the computers to organize data and graph their D.N.A. findings. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share and compare findings.

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Family Ties - Dragonfly

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This web site provides a simple introduction to genetics and probability. Students read text about genetics, a few scientists and experiments with peas and chimps. At the end ...more
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This web site provides a simple introduction to genetics and probability. Students read text about genetics, a few scientists and experiments with peas and chimps. At the end of the information - students can play an interactive game to show their understanding of the material. Though the site is no longer maintained, all the links and information is still usable.

tag(s): darwin (10), genetics (69), probability (100)

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Don't forget to get an interactive whiteboard for these unique genetic "games." Use this opportunity to have the students look at their own genetic make-up (including ears, dimples and more). Although standards and goals/objectives are not provided, you could easily use this web page as an entire lesson. Include the link to the game on your teacher web page for students to review before a test on genetics. Note: the pages require reading at a middle school level, so you may need to pair weaker readers with someone who can read it aloud with them.

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Tour of the Basics: Heredity - University of Utah

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Genetics can be a fairly weighty topic, but this site breaks down complex concepts into easy-to-understand language. Click on each of the six topics - DNA, genes, chromosomes, proteins,...more
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Genetics can be a fairly weighty topic, but this site breaks down complex concepts into easy-to-understand language. Click on each of the six topics - DNA, genes, chromosomes, proteins, heredity, traits - and walk through the videos that provide in-depth descriptions and helpful visuals.

tag(s): dna (40), genetics (69)

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Before using this site, you may want to assess what students know about DNA, and genetics. Put together an assessment asking about basic information using a tool like SurveyPlanet, reviewed here, where you can use a variety of formats including multiple choice, open-ended, images, and more. Then have students preview the first exercise for words they don't know and create flashcards using Flashcard Stash, reviewed here. After completion of the exercise, ask students to reflect on their learning using Flipgrid, reviewed here. FlipGrid allows students to share video responses through collaborative comments and discussions. Require students to comment on at least 3 other students learning reflections. Be sure you've coached students in proper discussion etiquette whether online or in class.

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DNA Interactive

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This site offers secondary students an extensive exposure to genetics, DNA and gene sequencing, and the problems and procedures that have been tackled to advance current DNA science...more
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This site offers secondary students an extensive exposure to genetics, DNA and gene sequencing, and the problems and procedures that have been tackled to advance current DNA science to its current state. This is a rich resource that could almost serve as a complete tutorial, but teachers will more likely want to use it as a reference tool to supplement classroom or textbook presentations. You'll need strong readers to work through this one.

tag(s): dna (40), genetics (69)

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Use the interactive timeline as a learning center. Have students tour the timeline, with the purposes of finding what they think are the 10 most important events in the history of DNA. Have students create a multimedia presentation of their top 10 events using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate their photos as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PikWizard, reviewed here.

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