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Teaching Documents about Palaeobotany
Teaching Documents about Palynology and Palynofacies
What is Palaeontology or Palaeobiology?
Teaching Documents about Palaeontology and Palaeoecology
Teaching Documents about Ichnology
Teaching Documents about Ecology
Teaching Documents about Taphonomy
Teaching Documents about Plant Anatomy
Teaching Documents about Wood Anatomy and Tree-Ring Research
Teaching Documents about Botany
Teaching Documents about Biology
Teaching Documents about Evolution
Teaching Documents about Mass Extinction
Teaching Documents about Classification and Nomenclature
Teaching Documents about Cladistics and Phylogeny
Teaching Documents about Palaeogeography
Teaching Documents about Palaeoclimate
Teaching Documents about Stratigraphy and Historical Geology
Teaching Documents about Geochronological Methods
Introductions to Statistics
Virtual Field Trips
Evolution Sciences versus Doctrines of Creationism and Intelligent Design@
Directories focused on Palaeobotany@
Indexes in Palaeontology and Evolution@
Indexes in Botany and Biology@
! Introductions to both Fossil and Recent Plant Taxa@
An annotated educational subject directory. Go to:
Sciences > Biology >
Sciences > Biological Sciences > Botany.
The American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC):
ADEC is a non-profit distance education consortium composed of state universities and land-grant colleges. The consortium was conceived and developed to promote the creation and provision of high quality, economical distance education programs and services to diverse audiences.
American Geological Institute´s:
Best in Earth Science Education.
Resources. A link directory.
American Museum of Natural History, New York: Resources for Learning (currently 1182 resources). This is a collection of activities, articles, evidence and analysis and more for anyone interested in teaching or learning about science.
The American Society for Cell Biology (supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute): Cell Biology Education. A Journal of Life Science Education. Go to: Points of View: Lectures: Can't Learn With Them, Can't Learn Without Them. A Combination of Lectures, Problem Sets, and Recitation Sections Is an Excellent Way To Teach Undergraduate Cell Biology at a High Level (by Harvey F. Lodish and Roberto K. Rodriguez), and Talking Biology: Learning Outside the Book—and the Lecture (by Daniel J. Klionsky). See also: Electronic Resources.
American Society of Plant Biologists:
The Plant Cell Online: Teaching Tools in Plant Biology. Links to lecture notes (PowerPoint slide presentations, slide handouts, PDF files).
See also: Education. Video resources, radio programs and websites for students and teachers, classroom-ready teaching materials, testable questions etc.
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG): Gateways. Helpful links to sites about career, cool spots, data, societies, international and related organizations, education, government and other resources. Go to: Education.
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Washington, DC. Advancing biological knowledge for science and society. AIBS was federally chartered as a non-profit scientific organization to advance research and education in the biological sciences. Worth checking out: Eye on Education.
Awesome Library: Earth Sciences. Awesome Library organizes the Web with 19,000 carefully reviewed resources. See also: Botany.
Institute of Mineralogy & Petrography, Basel, Switzerland: On-Line Manuals. This is a collection of the annotated internet courses in different topics, which may be of interest to the Earth scientists and students.
BBC Education Web Guide The BBC Education Web Guide contains a choice of the best reviewed websites for education.
University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley: Explorations Through Time. A series of interactive modules (curriculum and classroom resources) that explore the history of life on Earth, while focusing on the processes of science. Each module contains suggested lesson plans and an extensive teacher’s guide.
Biology-Nation. This website provides resources for anyone with an interest in biology. (see also Biology-Nation.com Whois Record). Many links lead to Wikipedia. Go to: List of Biology Disciplines by Course.
Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO: Web-based instruction. Annotated links to information on using the web to teach.
! British Geological Survey, Nottingham, UK: Educational resources.
Susan Brooks and Bill Byles,
Several large collections of links for K-12 teachers. Go to: Biology.
BSA Teaching Section, The Botanical Society of America: Links to Educational Organizations. Excellent!
John C. Butler, "The Virtual Geosciences Professor", Department of Geosciences, University of Houston, Texas: Good Practices. This page include lists of course resources (primarily course notes and sylabii) arranged by topic and by university which can be helpful in becoming familiar with the variety of resources available for instructors and students in the geosciences. See also: The Virtual Geosciences Professor. Excellent links!
! The Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College, Northfield, MN: On the Cutting Edge, Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty (supported by the National Science Foundation): Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century. Links to a collection of activities and assignments, internet and computer resources.
The Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences (CELS): Educational Activities Links. Link to dozens of undergraduate education resources, organized by professional societies.
Mark Dalton, SGI/Cray Research, Eagan, MN: Virtual courses on the Web. Go to: General Biology.
! Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE, funded by the National Science Foundation): DLESE is a geoscience community resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. It is being built by a community of educators, students, and scientists to support Earth system education at all levels. You can easy navigate from here. Go to: Paleontology.
EarthComm (developed by the American Geological Institute (AGI) and supported by the National Science Foundation and donors of the American Geological Institute Foundation). Actually a link directory.
Earth Learning Idea
(James Devon, London). Free PDF downloads for Earth-related teaching ideas. See also:
Useful Web Sites.
Earth Science Teachers´ Association (ESTA).
The aim of the Association is to advance education by encouraging and supporting the teaching of Earth sciences at all levels, whether as a single subject such as Geology, or as part of Science or Geography or other courses. See for instance:
Open Resources Page A number of existing web-based resources for the teaching and learning of geology.
! Don´t miss the archive access, especially of the journal "Geology Teaching". Excellent! This archive contains back issues of ESTA publications which have been scanned and stored in Portable Document Format (pdf).
Earth System Science Online (ESSE): The cooperative university-based program in Earth System Science Education (ESSE) that linked faculty from twenty-two U.S. universities with one another and with NASA scientists. Links to educational resources (materials for K-12, UG and graduate teaching) by type, topic, agency and by program (government, educational institution, non-profit, industry and international programs).
edHelper.com. edHelper.com is dedicated to providing teachers a single shop for educational resources.
Saratoga Springs, Utah.
This is an annotated link directory to best education sites, resources and articles on the Web.
Editor Recommended Earth Sciences Resources.
Editor Recommended Biology Resources.
Special Education Resources and Guides.
Education Index (by CollegeView Partners): Botany Resources. An annotated guide to education-related sites on the Web.
Education World: Science.
EduStartPage.com. The start page to education on the web.
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC), located at The Ohio State University (funded by the U.S. Department of Education).
Funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Indiana University: ENSIWEB - Evolution and Nature of Science. ENSIWEB is a collection of classroom lessons to help biology teachers more effectively teach basic concepts in the areas of evolution and the nature of science. Three topics were covered in detail: Nature of Science, Evolution, and Origin of Life.
The Exploratorium, San Francisco, The Learning Studio: Life Sciences, The Ten Cool Sites, Natural History, and K-12 Resources. An annotated index.
! Forensic Science Technician: Online Schools Guide, 100 Best Websites for Science Teachers.
The Geological Society of America: Education. Recommended On-Line Resources.
Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic): EarthNet. EarthNet is a virtual resource centre (predominantly Canadian material) of earth science resource information and contacts for teachers, home educators and students of all levels.
Geology.com (published by Hobart King).
News and information about geology and earth science. Go to:
! Teaching Earth Science. A collection of classroom activities and lesson plans.
Terry Gordon, University of Calgary: Teaching Resources, some web links to teaching development and resources sites, and Learning Resources, about science, writing, and problem solving skills.
Gyanendra Gurung, Central Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal: Geology of Nepal, Lecture links.
Life Sciences Outreach Program, Harvard University,
! J. Hill, UK: Geology Rocks. A geological meta directory, including tutorials and photographs. Go to: Geology Tutorials. Tutorials and essays ranging from the most basic of geological concepts to postgraduate degree level on all aspects of Earth sciences; palaeontology, sedimentology, igneous and metamorphic petrology and geophysics. The difficulty of the topic is indicated by the number of volcanoes next to the title. See also: Palaeontology Tutorials.
iberry.com (a non-profit making, private website, serving the international academic community):
Open Courseware Directory.
Annotated links to publicily-available courseware.
Earth Sciences. See especially:
! Links to Listings of Open Textbooks (all subject areas).
E.J. Inglis-Arkell: ABCentral. A huge index of education and teaching links.
The JASON Foundation: The JASON project. The Mission of the JASON Foundation for Education is to excite and engage students in science and technology, and to motivate and provide professional development for their teachers through the use of advanced interactive telecommunications.
John Dewey High School, Brooklyn, NY: Links Page. See especially: Earth Science and Geology.
(a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education).
This website provides lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Go to:
Search results "paleontology".
McREL, (The Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning), Aurora CO: Educator Resources, Science.
MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching): MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students in higher education.
Blanche Meeson & Thomas L. Hood, NASA: The Earth Science Educator. This is the educational portal site of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Earth Sciences Directorate. It contains hundreds of teaching and learning resources available from within the Earth Sciences Directorate and provides teachers and students with quick access to a set of rich and scientifically-oriented educational resources on a wide range of Earth Science research activities. Go to: Links.
Mineral Information Institute (MII), Denver, Colorado: MII is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating youth about the science of minerals and other natural resources, and about their importance in our every day lives. Visit the State Mineral Production Summaries, and For Teachers Only, the Source for FREE Teaching Materials.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Courseware. No registration required. This is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. Go to: Biology.
Antoine Morin and Jon Houseman, BIODIDAC, University of Ottawa: Resources. A bank of digital diagrams and photographs for teaching biology. Go to: Plants. Copying the material, modifying and adapting the material and the subsequent distribution is permitted with the condition that this is noncommercial and that the supplier (BIODIDAC) of the material is acknowledged. To download files, you must let BIODIDAC set a couple of cookies.
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration): Education Resources Page for NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Presently, you can search our resources in two ways, using the "index" or using the "browse" section.
National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII). The NBII is an electronic gateway to biological data and information maintained by federal, state, and local government agencies; private sector organizations; and other partners around the nation and the world. Check out the Biological Education Materials - College/Adult Level.
National Center for Science Education (NCSE), Oakland, CA: Defending the Teaching of Evolution in the Public Schools. NCSE is a US-nationally-recognized clearinghouse for information and advice to keep evolution in the science classroom and "scientific creationism" out. This website provides reviews of current anti-evolution activity in the United States and around the world and detailed information on the Creation/Evolution controversy from 1859 to the present.
The National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF is an independent agency of the U.S. Government. NSF's mission is to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. Go to: Geoscience, and Biology.
Online RMIT, RMIT University, Melbourne. Online RMIT is a facility offered by RMIT University that provides access to course and program material and e-learning workspaces via the Internet.
Open courseware projects (OCDB), Chicago: Open courseware projects provide a head rush for many autodidactics because those projects often offer lecture notes, chapters or entire textbooks online, illustrations, charts, and other tools that help the reader learn a given subject. Go to: Top 100 Open Courseware Projects, e.g. Paleontology, and Botany.
! The Paleontology Portal. A resource for anyone interested in paleontology, produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Paleontological Society, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the United States Geological Survey, and funded by the National Science Foundation. Go to: Resources.
! The Paleontological Society: Educational Resources.
Tom Plymate, Southwest Missouri State University: Useful Geology Teaching Links.
Quizlet.com study tools:
! Search for Paleobotany.
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands:
Virtual Classroom Biology.
This website is an educational site,
especially meant for secondary school students who like to have a first glance on teaching
items of the Bio-science programs. One can find custom-made teaching material for
courses from the biology training. Navigate from here.
The Microworld of Leaves.
Light microscopy techniques.
Electron microscopy (EM).
! Resources for Earth Sciences and Geography Instruction (RESGI, by Mark Francek), Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Mich. Go to: Earth Science Animations, Earth Science Animations Topics.
University of California San Diego: TREES. Teaching Resources for Education in Earth Science.
The School Page, the educator´s resource, and the School Page UK, educational services and resources for thinking people. Go to: Geology
SciStartPage.com. The start page to science on the web.
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Smithsonian Institution: Resources for Teachers & Classrooms.
StudyWEB. Search in a collection of over 15,000 research quality URLs. Go to: Historical Geology. An annotated and rated link directory.
Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE). This is a project of the Education and Human Resources Committee of the Ecological Society of America.
Tracy Trimpe, The Science Spot, Havana Junior High, Havana, IL: Biology Lesson Plans, and Earth Science Lesson Plan Links. Link directories. See also: Science Sites for Educators.
USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET).
CET is a university-wide fellow-driven organization dedicated to
fostering and enhancing deep lifelong learning.
Improving Learning in Science.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):
! Education Resources for Paleontology.
! Paleontology Selected Online Resources.
! Paleontology at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Virtual Library, University of Geneva: Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Dave Waters, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford: Resources for Earth Science Teaching. An excellent resource.
The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Education.
Open Yale Courses.
This website provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses.
The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who
wish to learn.
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