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Bio Digital Human
*Please note this is still in Beta Testing and they are still doublechecking images and information.
"The BioDigital Human is comprised of over 1900 scientifically accurate 3D anatomy models. View spatial relationships in unprecedented clarity. Learn medical terms in a visual format."
Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) Teaching Dataset
"A 500-structure teaching database includes a wide variety of molecules (from adrenaline to zirconium complexes) and can be used to enhance learning across the chemistry curriculum. Access and browse this interactive teaching database of experimentally-determined crystal structures using WebCSD - the online portal to the Cambridge Structural Database at http://webcsd.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/teaching_database_demo.php
"A range of teaching exercises exemplify how the interactive on-line database can be used to teach concepts such as aromaticity, VSEPR, and stereochemistry. Click here for teaching modules
Chandra: The X-Ray Astronomy Field Guide
"An overview to X-ray Astronomy and X-ray sources: from black holes to galaxy clusters. "
"A brief review of the history of X-ray astronomy, what X-rays are, how they are produced in the cosmos, why X-ray telescopes must be in space, and why X-ray astronomy is such a "hot" field."
ChemEd DL (Chemical Education Digital Library)
"Here you will find exemplary digital resources, tools, and online services—your 24:7 aid for teaching and learning chemistry. A collaborative, community-driven effort, ChemEd DL is the place for sharing your work and benefitting from what others have done."
Chemical Demonstrations LibGuide
"The resources and search strategies on this guide will assist you in locating books, articles, and videos involving chemical demonstrations"
"Click2Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time programs serving children and youth." It also includes an Ask a Scientist service.
comPADRE (Physics and Astronomy Education Communities)
"The ComPADRE Digital Library is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education."
Darwin Correspondence Project
This site contains the full-text of 7,000+ of Darwin's correspondence with information on approximately 8,000 more. Available correspondence includes correspondence publish over 4 years ago, and some items that have not been published. Content is constantly being added.
"The Bodleian Libraries’ collections are extraordinary and significant—both from a scholarly point of view and as material that has an historic and aesthetic richness that holds value for non-academic users. Each year the Libraries serve more than 65,000 readers, over 40% of them from beyond the University, while its critically-acclaimed exhibitions attract almost 100,000 visitors annually. In an effort to make portions of our collections open to a wide variety of users from around the world for learning, teaching and research, the Bodleian Libraries have been digitizing library content for nearly twenty years. The result is over 120,000 freely available digital objects and at least another 1.5 million images awaiting release."
Field Trip Earth
"Field Trip Earth focuses on field-based wildlife conservation research projects ongoing around the world. Some of the projects are "live," meaning that research activities, and one or more research scientists, are currently active in the field. These projects are featured prominently on the site. Projects that are not "live" are archived so that students can continue to access the relevant articles, photos, videos, and other materials. "
How to Write a Lab Report
About.com's How to Write a Lab report explains what to write in each section of a traditional lab report and is a good additional resource for students.
Human Anatomy Study Materials
"Anything with “MJW” in the filename is a scan of a page from my notebook. Most of the “Color Your Own” diagrams I made by taking public domain images from the 1918 edition of Gray’s Anatomy (free online here), modifying them in GIMP (also free), and dropping the contrast. The idea is that one can use them as templates for drawing on ligaments, muscles, vessels, nerves, and so on."
Interesting Ways is a growing collection of crowd sourced teaching ideas shared through GoogleDocs in a Slide Show format. Topics range from how to use various Google Tools in the Classroom to Devices, Audio / Visual, Gaming, Online Tools, Support subjects and other class work, and Devices.
"This primary goal of this website is to act as a repository for on-line resources that can be used for plant science education or outreach. If you have developed a resource that could be used for this purpose or you know a webpage that needs to be included here, please feel free to email us."
Learn Chemistry Wiki by the Royal Society of Chemistry
"the Learn Chemistry Wiki site [is] for both educators and their students, where we can all help one another by sharing our teaching resources. There are materials for all ages, from primary school to postgraduate school, covering many diverse areas of chemistry. There is an overview page for the site, as well as a Site tour page and Site tour video. "
Learn.Genetics provides educational materials on life science and health topics for learners and interested individuals. Topics include cell biology, genetics, human health, evolution & ecology, and more.
Our companion Teach.Genetics
site provides resources for educators, including guides for lessons and activities that support and extend the online materials, links to national science education standards, assessment suggestions, and videos of scientist lectures.
MIT Open Courseware
"MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
* OCW is not an MIT education.
* OCW does not grant degrees or certificates.
* OCW does not provide access to MIT faculty.
* Materials may not reflect entire content of the course."
The National Science Digital Library
"NSDL is the nation's online portal for education and research on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics."
NIST Chemistry WebBook
This resource contains Thermochemical data for over 7000 organic and small inorganic compounds, Reaction thermochemistry data for over 8000 reactions, computed 3-D structures, evaluated IR spectra, ion energetics data, and many other types of data. It can also be searched by Formula, Name, IUPAC identifier, CAS registry number, Reaction, Author, Structure, Ion energetics properties, Vibrational and electronic energies, and Molecular weight.
The Online Books Page
"Listing over 1 million free books on the Web."
"The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model."
"OpenGrade is open-source software for teachers to keep track of grades. It runs on Linux, as well as some other operating systems. [FreeBSD, Windows, MacOS X]"
Pedagogy in Action the SERC portal for educators
"The library of modules and activities is continually growing through the contributions of our partners. Currently it contains information over 30 different teaching methods and over 700 examples of their use. The activity collection is still dominated by the original collection developed for the geosciences but there are also examples from statistics, physics, biology and mathematics."
"This applet shows the locations of the planets, stars, moon, and sun in the sky from any location and for any date and time."
"Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats."
"Over 100,000 free ebooks are available through our Partners, Affiliates and Resources."
Read, Write, Think
"Every lesson plan on ReadWriteThink has been aligned not only to the IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts but to individual state standards as well."
The Seed Biology Place
Provides detailed information about seeds and related issues.
"Spotter is a program that lets students check their answers to math and science questions. It handles symbolic as well as numerical answers. The software is free and open source."
Stanford Engineering Everywhere Online Computer Science Courses
"Stanford Engineering Everywhere is an online portal offering ten courses from Stanford’s School of Engineering— including the three-course introductory sequence in Computer Science— free of charge.
SEE offers course content available to Stanford students including instructional videos, reading lists and materials and class assignments. And SEE allows you to communicate with fellow SEE students online."
Worldwide Center of Mathematics
"The purpose of the Center is to promote and disseminate mathematical knowledge at all levels to help increase the knowledge of the community as a whole."
The Worldwide Journal of Singularities (Refereed OA Journal)
"Custom Video Lectures and Reviews: With two weeks notice, we can produce custom videos on all of the topics for which we offer course materials as well as many other topics of interest."
XCITR (eXplore Chemical Information Teaching Resources)
"The need for an international repository of chemical information educational material was the driving force for developing XCITR (Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources). XCITR is not only for librarians and instructors in chemical information, but also for chemistry professors, instructors in other disciplines related to chemistry, information specialists, students, high school teachers, and even technical writers." (site still usable, but no longer updated)
"The Zooniverse is home to the internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects. Our current projects are here but plenty more are on the way."
"This commitment to producing real research - so that you know that we're not wasting your time - is at the heart of everything we do."
"While the primary motivation for putting a project in the Zooniverse is to collect data on a well-defined research question, the very fact that hundreds of thousands of people world-wide view the projects generates an amazing potential for education. The projects within the Zooniverse provide an excellent resource for inquiry-based learning within the classroom or for home-school groups."
This science news site is updated multiple times per day with content with articles, images and videos about the latest news about science, health, technology and the environment.
Open Access Courses
MITx MIT’s new online learning initiative
"MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses for free to a virtual community of learners around the world. It will also enhance the educational experience of its on-campus students, offering them online tools that supplement and enrich their classroom and laboratory experiences."
Open Online Courses in a variety of categories ranging from business, to computer science, to cataract surgery.
Programing and Demonstration Ideas
All things STEAM
This website focuses on STEAM programing for K-12. Although it is written for librarians this programing could be adapted by any group looking to provide STEAM activities.
"Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations...From cooking to 3d printing, to making just about anything fly, Instructables became the recipient of countless hours of tinkering, soldering, stitching, frying, and fun, making just about anything."
Science related programing, display, and demonstration ideas.
Robot Test Kitchen Reviews
This website provides reviews of robotics kits and ideas on how to use them for events.
StarNET Online Community
Registration is required to access most content, but access is free. "By joining the online community, you can access standards-based resources and activities, participate in webinars on many topics, and learn about opportunities for STEM programs. You can communicate with others-librarians, museum educators, teachers, scientists, and engineers-who provide or support STEM learning in libraries and find out what they're doing and who's willing to help you. "
The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
"Nuclear fusion. Virtual reality. Clean water for all. With the world facing 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering, your interest in math and science is set to pay off—big time. You’ll be the one using your problem-solving skills to find answers to impossible challenges. You’ll be the scientist leading an exploration of the Mariana Trench or the engineer building a next-generation robot. You’ll be the graduate finding a great job and earning a hefty salary."
Online Textbook Resources
A First Course in Linear Algebra
"...designed for university sophomores and juniors. Typically such a student will have taken calculus, but this is not a prerequisite. The book begins with systems of linear equations, then covers matrix algebra, before taking up finite-dimensional vector spaces in full generality. The final chapter covers matrix representations of linear transformations, through diagonalization, change of basis and Jordan canonical form. Along the way, determinants & eigenvalues get fair time."
As Many Exceptions as Rules
"As Many Exceptions As Rules tells the stories of organisms that break biological rules or norms in order to survive and thrive. Through these stories, the core concepts of the science are reinforced.
Posted weekly, each story includes pertinent vocabulary with etymology, interesting questions to spark discussion, links to the reports from the latest research on the subject being discussed, and a list of online resources for more information and classroom activities."
Chemical Information Sources Wikibook
This Wikibook covers how and where to start searching, communication in chemistry, information about career paths, cheminformatics, and resources on the history of chemistry.
College Open Textbooks
"Funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, College Open Textbooks is a collection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving the awareness and advocacy for open textbooks. This includes providing training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that provide support to authors who open their resources."
OpenStax CNX (formerly Connexions)
"Its more than 17,000 learning objects or modules in its repository and over 1000 collections (textbooks, journal articles, etc.) are used by over 2 million people per month. Its content services the educational needs of learners of all ages, in nearly every discipline, from math and science to history and English to psychology and sociology. Connexions delivers content for free over the Internet for schools, educators, students, and parents to access 24/7/365."
"E-Books Directory is a daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet. You can submit and promote your own ebooks, add comments on already posted books or just browse through the directory below and download anything you need. "
"FreeScience.info provides more than 2000 free scientific books."
Light and Matter
Open access physics textbooks and links to related physics open source software.
MERLOT II (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Education)
"MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community."
National Academies Press (NAP)
Since June 2, 2011 "all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) will be downloadable to anyone free of charge. That's more than 4,000 books plus future reports produced by NAP--publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Reseasrch Council."
Open Educational Resources Commons
" * Free to Use
* Openly Licensed
* 31814 Resources
* From K-12 to College Courses"
"Free. Open Source. Peer-reviewed Textbooks."
"OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. Our free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course. Through our partnerships with companies and foundations committed to reducing costs for students, OpenStax College is working to improve access to higher education for all. OpenStax College is an initiative of Rice University and is made possible through the generous support of several philanthropic foundations."
Open Textbook Catalog
"This catalog provides information about some of the top examples of open textbooks...
Our intent is to offer a place to start learning about and searching for open textbooks, and the titles on this list were carefully selected for their usability and number of existing adoptions. Please visit our resources page for links to more comprehensive lists maintained by other organizations."
"We believe that everyone, everywhere should have access to a college education. This website will serve as a zero-cost alternative to those that lack the resources to attend traditional brick-and-mortar institutions and, if they are willing, a complement to mainstream education providers. We expect free, asynchronous, web-based learning opportunities to motivate people to pursue personal growth and career ambitions as well as lead to institutional change amongst education providers everywhere."
"The site has been around since 2000, and is a particularly good place to find free books about math, science, and computers."
The Global Text Project
"The project will create open content electronic textbooks that will be freely available from a website. Distribution will also be possible via paper, CD, or DVD. Our goal initially is to focus on content development and Web distribution, and we will work with relevant authorities to facilitate dissemination by other means when bandwidth is unavailable or inadequate. The goal is to make textbooks available to the many who cannot afford them."
The Informed Writer
Written by Charles Bazerman
"...addresses a wide range of writing activites and genres, from summarizing and responding to sources to writing the research paper and writing about literature. This edition of the book has been adapted from the fifth edition, published in 1995 by Houghton Mifflin. Copyrighted materials—primarily examples within the text—have been removed from this edition."
The Process of Research Writing
"The Process of Research Writing is a web-based research writing textbook (or is that textweb?) suitable for teachers and students in research oriented composition and rhetoric classes. It's published/maintained by me, Steven D. Krause."
"Open books for an open world."
Wikipedia Chemical Structure Explorer
"Wikipedia, the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia is an indispensable source of chemistry information, containing among others also entries for over 15,000 chemicals including metabolites, drugs, agrochemicals or industrial chemicals. We provide here an easy access to this wealth of information by allowing substructure and similarity search tool for chemical structures referenced in Wikipedia.
This project is the result of a collaboration between Novartis, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Actelion."
318 Love Library
P.O. Box 884100
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-4100
(This address is located at 13th & R Streets in Lincoln, Nebraska.)