Miller & Levine Biologyl Biology.com

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Miller & Levine Biologyl Biology.com


Felix, Kathie, Multimedia & Internet@Schools


MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWARE/WEBSITES

Company: Pearson Education, 1 Lake St., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. Phone: (888) 977-7900; internet: www.pearsoned.com.

Price: $299.97 - Biology.com teacher access pack. Additional pricing information is available from Pearson.

Audience: Grades 9-10.

Format: Internet-based curriculum: text, graphics, audio, and video.

Minimum System Requirements: A computer with internet access.

Description: Biology.com offers a complete online student and teacher edition of Pearson's Miller & Levine Biology textbook, including editable work sheets, interactive study guides, science games, and online assessments. The site can be used as a stand-alone program or in combination with print and digital resources.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: The login requires a username and password. Access is simple and quick. Installation Rating: A Content/Features; Biology.com provides a complete online program supported by digital content that covers the general high school biology curriculum. The units of study cover topics such as the Nature of Life, Ecology, Cells, Genetics, Evolution, From Microorganisms to Plants, Animals, and The Human Body.

A Lesson Overview explains the key concepts, a Lesson Notes feature provides a graphic organizer to help organize note taking, and an Activities section offers multimedia resources for diverse learning styles. Assessment features include a Quiz Yourself self-assessment and a more formal Lesson Assessment that submits online answers to a teacher for grading.

A virtual biology lab enables students to complete hands-on science experiments. As part of each chapter review, students can access activities related to vocabulary in formats including crossword puzzles, flash cards, or matching games.

An introductory video invites students to become science detectives by searching for clues to solve a mystery. The companion Untamed Science video series explores each mystery by elaborating on the real- world connections related to the concepts introduced in the mystery The Untamed Science videos, described as "science reality TV" by a program creator, feature a team of "ecogeeks" who work to create real experiences designed to add relevance to curriculum topics. A video about the ecogeek adventures appears online at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=sm2EmCYBHvk.

Students receive clues throughout the lesson to help them solve the mystery and answer the questions at the end of the chapter assessment. Feedback is immediate; students are given the correct answer if they are unable to answer correctly.

The Active Art feature enables students to manipulate the art that comes directly from the textbook. In one interesting example, students are required to place labels on a diagram of a eukaryotic chromosome preparing for division. Each attempt at labeling is assessed; students know immediately when their work is correct. When a label is incorrect, students are permitted additional chances to correct the label.

The Student Center offers online access to the Biology course. From here, students can view and complete assignments, master vocabulary and concepts with games and activities, prepare for testing with study guides, watch videos, and complete online tests that include remediation. …

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