LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately.
When you're ready to create your LaunchPad course, you can click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Principles of Life for the AP® course. We also offer a course tour for Principles of Life for the AP® course that will help you get started using this LaunchPad.
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
What resources are available for my students?
ActivitiesA range of interactive activities help students learn and review key facts and concepts through labeling diagrams, identifying steps in processes, and matching concepts. The Activities are all assignable by the instructor and report to the gradebook when completed.
Analyze the DataOnline versions of the textbook’s Analyze the Data exercises (included in many of the book’s Investigation figures) ask students to work with data from published biological research and make their own connections between observations, analyses, hypotheses, and conclusions. All are available to be assigned by the instructor.
Animated Tutorial QuizzesA brief multiple-choice quiz is available for each animated tutorial. Questions are listed with their Bloom’s Taxonomy level, and they can be edited and assigned. You can use the quizzes to confirm that students have completed the entire tutorial, and students can use them to make sure they understood the tutorial’s content.
Animated TutorialsIn-depth animations present complex topics in a clear, easy-to-follow narrative. Also included are interactive simulations of key systems and processes. Each Animated Tutorial includes a brief quiz that can be assigned.
BioNavigatorA unique visual way to explore all of the Animated Tutorials and Activities across the various levels of biological inquiry--from the global scale down to the molecular scale.
e-BookA complete online version of the textbook, the e-Book is fully integrated into LaunchPad and includes media resources, in-text links to all glossary entries (with audio pronunciations), and flexible notes and highlighting features. In addition, instructors can easily hide chapters or sections that they don’t cover in their course, rearrange the order of chapters and sections, and add their own content directly into the e-Book.
FlashcardsA comprehensive set of flashcards for each chapter provide students an ideal way to learn and review the extensive terminology of introductory biology, featuring a review mode, a quiz mode, and a full list of terms and definitions with audio pronunciations.
GlossaryA full, searchable online glossary, with links to cross references and audio pronunciations for all terms.
Interactive SummariesFor each chapter, these dynamic summaries combine a review of important concepts with links to all of the key figures, Activities, and Animated Tutorials.
Investigation LinksAn overview of the experiments featured in each of the textbook’s Investigation figures, with links to the original paper(s), related research or applications that followed, and additional information related to the experiment.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter or module of the text.
LearningCurve provides a unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers. The less a student knows about a topic, the more LearningCurve focuses on it. And the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become. Feedback for each question includes live links to e-Book pages relevant to the topic at hand, guiding students to the reading they need to do to address areas that are giving them difficulty.
Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale, many instructors have found it to be an ideal source for pre-lecture assignments, with students coming to class more prepared to participate. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a post-lecture review. Instructors have also found that making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade further incentivizes students to take advantage of it when preparing for class.
Lecture NotebookAvailable online as PDF files, the Lecture Notebook includes all of the textbook’s figures and tables, with space for note-taking.
Math for LifeA collection of mathematical shortcuts and references to help students with the quantitative skills they need in the biology laboratory.
Media ClipsThese short, engaging video clips depict fascinating examples of some of the many organisms, processes, and phenomena discussed in the textbook.
Summative QuizzesThese pre-built quizzes assess overall student understanding of each chapter, and provide instructors with data on class and individual comprehension of chapter material. Summative quizzes can be easily assigned as pre-or post-lecture assessments or released for student self-assessment use.
Tree of LifeAn interactive version of the Tree of Life from Appendix A, with links to a wealth of information on each group listed.
What resources are available for instructors?From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Active Learning Exercises (PPT)Set up for easy integration into lectures, each exercise poses a question or problem for the class to discuss or solve. Each also includes a multiple-choice element, for easy use with clicker systems.
Answers to Appendix B ExercisesComplete answers to practice questions from Appendix B: Making Sense of Data: A Statistics Primer are provided.
Answers to Textbook QuestionsComplete answers to all of the textbook’s CheckPoint, Apply the Concept, and Analyze the Data questions.
AP® Exam Prep QuestionsThis all new set of 75-plus AP®-style questions is an invaluable resource for teachers. Covering all units of the textbook, questions are provided in multiple-choice, grid-in, and free-response formats, and closely match the style and format of actual AP® exam questions.
Figures and Tables (JPEG)Every figure and table from the textbook (including all photos and all unnumbered figures) is provided in both JPEG (high- and low-resolution) and PDF formats, in multiple versions, including whole, reformatted, and unlabeled.
Figures and Tables (PPT)Every figure and table from the textbook (including all photos and all unnumbered figures) is provided in both JPEG (high- and low-resolution) and PDF formats, in multiple versions, including whole, reformatted, and unlabeled.
Figures with Editable Labels (PPT)Every figure and table from the textbook (including all photos and all unnumbered figures) is provided in both JPEG (high- and low-resolution) and PDF formats, in multiple versions, including whole, reformatted, and unlabeled.
Interactive Teacher's Edition IndexA powerful tool that cross-references all of the Teacher’s Edition wraparound material to textbook sections, wraparound content categories, AP® Learning Objectives, and AP® Science Practices. The Index helps you quickly find resources for a specific topic or browse resources across topics and categories.
Layered Art (PPT)Layered, step-by-step, and animated versions of selected important complex figures.
Lecture Presentations (PPT)A complete lecture outline for each chapter, including selected figures and tables.
Strive for a 5 AnswersComplete answers to all of the questions in the student study guide Strive for a 5.
Supplemental Photos (JPEG)The supplemental photograph collection contains over 1,500 additional photographs, giving instructors a wealth of additional imagery to draw upon.
Supplemental Photos (PPT)The supplemental photograph collection contains over 1,500 additional photographs, giving instructors a wealth of additional imagery to draw upon.
Teacher's Edition Links and ResourcesA compilation of all the links found in the Teacher’s Edition wrap-around material, with additional material in selected chapters, plus AP® teaching and pacing guides from the preface to the Teacher’s Edition.
Test BankLaunchPad makes it easy to build custom assessments from Principles of Life’s wealth of assessment resources. The Test Bank includes over 5,000 questions, all referenced to specific textbook sections and categorized according to Bloom’s taxonomy. Each chapter includes a wide range of multiple-choice, fill-in-the- blank, and short-answer/essay questions, including diagram questions. In addition, questions from all of the LearningCurve activities and Summative Quizzes are included as additional question banks that instructors can draw upon in building quizzes and other assignments.