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Sep 15, 2012 (Vol. 32, No. 16)

Vision Learning

URL:www.visionlearning.com
  • Nice organization, materials cover many subjects
  • Nothing major

If you actively keep an eye out for great science education websites, then you’ll be thrilled to e-spy Vision Learning. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Vision Learning provides a number of peer-reviewed educational resources spanning biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics, among other subjects. The entire library of resources is available in both English and Spanish. In addition to educational modules that include not only text summaries but also glossaries and animations, the Vision Learning site also includes a feature called MyClassroom. MyClassroom allows educators to create course-specific online classrooms for their students. Registration for MyClassroom is free. Easy to navigate and nicely organized, the Vision Learning website is an excellent online resource for science teachers and their students.

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