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Material:

DNA from the Beginning

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Julia Stirling, Jun 18, 2009
Comment: I love this resource because it covers many different topics related to DNA. There is everything from Mendel's pea plants, to chromosomes, to the structure of DNA. I liked this aspect since it could be used in many different lessons on DNA or genes and will have specific information for the topic that is being studied. I also liked the information on the scientists that studied the particular aspect of DNA. It is a fun way to integrate the history of science into the curriculum. It would have been even more useful if some of the scientists had a little bit more information on them, instead of just their names and pictures. Some were explained in greater length, but not all. I didn't particularly like the organization of the site. I am happy and excited for the multitude of topics, but it was a little overwhelming as I was looking at the different topics. The topics were not organized in a usable way that teachers or students could easily locate the topic they want to learn about. It would be more useful if the topics were under subtopics of more general titles, so that the information that was needed could be more easily located. If a teacher were to use one of the pages for a lesson, they would have to look through all of the topics first to find the one that works best with the lesson. Once they found the right topic, it would be great for the student to explore, it would just be time consuming to actually locate that topic that would work with your lesson.

Technical Remarks:

I loved the animation that was used throughout the site. I think that it would keep students interested in the information and make the information more comprehensible. Any demonstrations like the ones on the site, help science come alive for students and give them a more concrete visual for science procedures and concepts. This type of resource would be especially useful for visual learners.