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An open source collection of self-education biology links (consisting of lessons, tutorials, experiments, labs, activities, and other resources) for OLPC children across the globe. The biology topics covered include life, the cell, genetics, evolution, biological diversity, plants, animals, ecology, and astrobiology.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Biology

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • K
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


student-facing Biology self-taught OLPC one laptop independent self-directed learning self-education autodidacticism autodidact automath life the cell genetics evolution biological diversity plants animals ecology and astrobiology



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Public - Available to anyone

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2008-09-22.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a comprehensive collection of external links to problem sets, games, animations, text pages, and lesson plans. The resources are organized in a logical order, but are somewhat tedious to navigate as the activity type or educational level is not immediately clear and there are some dead links. The intended audience of the resource is unclear. If intended for teachers, additional pedagogical information (objectives, timelines, assessments) would be helpful. If intended for students, many of the sites are too sophisticated to be used independently by learners. The educational level is listed as grades K – 12, but this is misleading. For example, many links come from “The Biology Project” (www.biology.arizona.edu) designed for college biology students. However, there are some excellent resources, such as the “Do it Yourself Strawberry DNA” or the UC Berkeley evolution site. Cells Alive has excellent animations and the PBS resources are clear and easy to use. Overall, every biology teacher will find useful pieces in this collection that can be adapted for use in an existing curriculum, but it seems unlikely that this resource can work as a full course on its own.
Christine Mytko
September 22, 2008
There are some really great resources in here. I wonder if there is an easy way to separate them out for age-appropriateness. I don't see a lot of elementary resources,…
Jodie Green
Ive not checked all the links yet, but a good looking list and well organised. cheers, Jodie.

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