BioEd Online is an educational resource for K-12 educators, students, and parents. The site offers free, interactive courses and lessons on a wide range of topics, including genetics/genomics, environmental health, and the science of water. Materials are sorted by topic. Users must create a free profile to access the courses.
At BioInteractive, you can find award-winning multimedia resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual labs, to bring the excitement of scientific discovery into your high school classroom. The video resources range from a series of short films on evolution, hosted by an award-winning author-scientist, to lectures on the brain given by a Nobel Prize winner—all supplemented by teacher guides, planning tools, and classroom activities. In addition, the website also offers free professional development resources including in-person workshops and online courses to assist in implementing BioInteractive classroom resources, which promote conceptual understanding and build students' science skills and competencies.
Biology4Kids provides basic biology help and information on topics such as cell structure, cell function, scientific studies, plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and other life science topics. Lessons, activities, and quizzes can be modified and incorporated into K-12 classrooms as a resource to students of all ages by providing simple explanations of biology concepts. Lessons and quizzes can be modified and incorporated into K-12 classrooms. To fund the site, some pages have advertising.
Bioscience Education Net
Managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Bioscience Education Net (BEN) provides access to PreK-12 teacher resources from its collaborators. BEN has over 20,601 peer-reviewed resources covering 77 biological sciences topics, such as bioengineering, cell biology, and aquaculture. BEN resources can help engage student interest, shorten lesson preparation time, provide concept updates, and develop curricula that are in line with national content standards.
Tes blendspace allows K-12 teachers to quickly blend content from different sources to create digital lessons to use in the classroom. The site also offers lesson resources for special needs teachers. Users must register, but registration is free. However, some resources offered are not free.
Broadening Participation in STEM
This section of the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education website provides research briefs and videos on STEM education for PreK-12 educators and administrators. These resources focus on increasing involvement in STEM in several ways: supporting interest and achievement for underserved or underrepresented student populations; increasing teacher diversity and voice in STEM research, development, and policy; and forming strategic research and development partnerships.
Buck Institute for Education
The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) shows K-12 teachers how to use project-based learning in all subjects and grades, which can be particularly useful for STEM projects. BIE offers professional development on how to design, assess, and manage projects that engage and motivate students. The website has research, planning forms, and student handouts to read; videos and archived webinars to watch; and live webinars and online classes to attend. Users must create an account to access the available resources, but registration is free.
Building STEM Teacher Leadership
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, this website has resources for and about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education teacher leaders. It provides a thorough overview of relevant topics in building STEM teacher leadership tailored to elementary and secondary teachers, district administrators, and other roles that support educators. The website is organized in a user-friendly, Frequently Asked Questions format, with options to access the information by topic or by role.