Resources - Education - Teaching materials
These internet sites provide educational materials that are useful to teachers. If you know of a web site that should be included in this list, please share it with us.
- Bill Nye, the Science Guy (resources for teachers)
- Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been doing most of his life.
- Earobics - Helping readers reach
- Earobics is a subsidiary of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Company who cater to teachers by publishing highly effective educational materials for children with a particular focus on pre-kindergarten to grade 3 multisensory reading intervention for raising academic achievement and empowering schools and districts to meed the needs of diverse student populations.
Also of significance are the free interactive Game Goo educational games for children, which demonstrate one aspect of the quality of the materials this organization produces.
- Evolution - your one-stop source for information
- This is a non-commercial, education web site, published by Berkeley University, which teaches the science and history of evolutionary biology. This web site can help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time.
This in-depth resource also includes teaching materials that are dedicated to helping teachers with the subject of evolution that include classroom strategies, lists of concepts appropriate for different levels (K-12 and Undergraduate), lesson plans, and more.
- Foundation for Critical Thinking
- The Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking aim to improve education in colleges, universities and primary through secondary schools. The foundation presents publications, conferences, workshops and professional development programs, emphasizing instructional strategies, Socratic questioning, critical reading and writing, higher order thinking, assessment, research, quality enhancement, and competency standards.
- Human Rights in Canada - a historical perspective
- The Canadian Human Rights Commission provides a "Time Portal" along with "Teachers' Guides" designed to accomodate a number of ranges of grades, complete with pre-made course materials and tests that can save time for busy teachers. The interactive Time Portal feature, which contains an abundance of historical information, is of particular interest for use in a computer lab setting because it is intelligently presented, well organized, and easy to use.
Canada's approach to Human Rights is both interesting and particularly relevant to the world because some law-makers from governments of other countries have regarded Canada's as "a model worthy of serious consideration" (because it is in active use today) when drafting or improving their Human Rights legislation.
- Particle Adventure - the Fundamentals of Matter and Force
- An award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, anti-matter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors from the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with support by the USA Department of Energy (DOE) and the USA National Science Foundation (NSF).
- Steve Spangler Science - making science fun!
- Steve Spangler is a teacher, science toy designer, speaker, author, and an Emmy award-winning television personality. Spangler is probably best known for his Mentos and Diet Coke geyser experiment that went viral in 2005 and prompted more than 1,000 related YouTube videos.
As founder of SteveSpanglerScience.com, Spangler and his design team have developed more than 140 educational toys and science-related products featured by mass-market retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R' Us, Discovery Channel Stores, and over 1,400 independent specialty toy stores. Recently, Spangler has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, WIRED, the History Channel, Food Network, and TIME Magazine where on-line readers voted Steve Spangler #18 in the Top 100 Most Influential People of the Year for 2006.