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Table 2 Online resources for teaching evolution

From: Celebrate Darwin Day, An Event for Education and Outreach in Evolutionary Biology

Online resources Description
Resources on Evolution at National Center for Science Education http://www.natcenscied.org/article.asp Includes articles “Why Teach Evolution?” and “Facing Challenges to Evolution Education”
“Cans, Can’ts and Shoulds of Teaching Evolution” http://www.ncseweb2.org/multimedia/nsta06/nsta06.html A Powerpoint presentation narrated by Eugenie Scott, executive director of NCSE
Understanding evolution: your one-stop source for information on evolution http://evolution.berkeley.edu/ A storing house of websites and resources for evolution education; “Teaching evolution” section in the site above includes lesson plans for different class levels
NOVA “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial” film http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/id/program.html Watch the entire documentary film online, and see accompanying resources for teachers
Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI) http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/ Originally NSF-funded, the ENSI program focuses on teaching teachers about the nature of science and evolution. A site for teachers by other teachers; many classroom-tested exercises
Evolution resources from the National Academies http://nationalacademies.org/evolution/ Includes several, free, downloadable reports on science standards and teaching evolution, research papers on evolution, and other resources
Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/ Contains lessons and materials for teachers on Nature of science, evolution, Origin of life, and more. You can join a LISTSERV for the group, which regularly sends out news and helpful information.
Darwin Day Celebration (the main international group) http://www.darwinday.org/ Provides a list of events around the world, extensive educational material, and suggestions on ways to develop Darwin Day celebrations. All participants are encouraged to register their events on this website.
EvoWiki http://wiki.cotch.net/index.php/Main_Page Evolution Education Wiki is a free, reader-built encyclopedia of evolution, biology, and origins.
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) Education and Outreach Group http://www.nescent.org/eog/ Communicates the results of evolutionary biology research to the general public and scientific community and works to improve evolution education.
Talk.Origins http://www.talkorigins.org/ Vast collection of articles that explore the creationism/evolution controversy from a mainstream scientific perspective. Topics include “Evidence for Evolution,” “Human Evolution,” “An Index to Creationist Claims,” and more.
McGill Journal of Education http://mje.mcgill.ca/issue/view/54 Free Online Edition of the journal on Evolution (articles available as PDFs).
Evolution Resources from the American Academy for the Advancement of Science http://www.aaas.org/news/press_room/evolution/ Includes some video, PDFs, and recent news events and commentaries.
EVOLUTION: Applications in Human Health and Populations (NESCent) http://www.nescent.org/media/nabt2007/index.html Based on a recent symposium. Contains video clips, articles, powerpoint talks for use in classrooms, and exercises, all related to human health and disease.
Evolution Research News http://www.evolutionresearchnews.org/ Academic guide to evolution news and research.
Ken Miller’s Evolution webpage http://www.millerandlevine.com/km/evol/ A series of articles and other resources from one of the leading defenders of evolution education in the United States.
The Panda’s Thumb http://www.pandasthumb.org/ A discussion board with recent articles and news on evolution and education.
The complete works of Charles Darwin online http://darwin-online.org.uk/ Includes Darwin’s writings, biography, and many excellent pictures.
PBS “Evolution” film series http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/ Includes short videos from the films, and both teacher and student sections with ideas for activities and discussions on evolution.
The Clergy Project http://www.butler.edu/clergyproject/rel_evol_sun.htm An endeavor designed to demonstrate that religion and science can be compatible and to elevate the quality of the debate of this issue.
  1. A list compiled and distributed for the 2008 teachers workshop of Darwin Day at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; all websites are also available as live links at our website, http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/darwin/.
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