National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

This is a great resource to find case studies for problem-based learning or for alternative assessments. I like giving students selected cases from this site as a teaching tool for my students.

Hemophilia: “The Royal Disease” is a great one to discuss sex-linked traits during the Genetics unit. My students are often intrigued by about hemophilia has affected the royal family.



Annenberg Learner: The World of Chemistry

The Annenberg Learner offers many resources for both teachers and students.

The World of Chemistry is a video series for High School or College Chemistry students. They can watch the video at their own pace to clarify concepts discussed in class. Although the series can be used on their own, I use it as a supplemental material to the Chemistry curriculum.




Google Slides is my go-to tool for creating presentations. It’s also a wonderful tool for my students to collaborate on a presentation. However, there is no way to record a presentation directly on Google Slides. Thus, I have my students export their Google Slides as a PDF, then upload the PDF to VoiceThread to record their presentations. It works well with face-to-face classes, but even better for online classes for the annotation and voice comment abilities.

Here’s an example of a student-created VoiceThread from my Global Health class in Fall 2015.





Evernote is my go-to note taking app. The company’s motto is “Remember everything”. I can create notes with text, pictures, PDF, etc. I can access these notes from anywhere with internet connection. I love the ability to tag each note with keywords for ease of search. I can also organize notes into folder. And I can share notes and folders with others for collaboration.
When I see an article I would like to read later, I use the Evernote Web Clipper (extension on Chrome) to save it to my Evernote account to read later.
I use Skitch on both the MacOS and iOS to annotate images or screenshots.
I use Scannable to quickly make digital copies, then save to Evernote.




Are you looking for a tool to record a screencast? Screencastify is an easy to use tool for recording direction in your Chrome browser. The recorded video can be saved onto your Google Drive, downloaded to your computer, or uploaded directly to YouTube.

And did I mention it’s free (for up to 10min recordings)?