This is a collection of high resolution photos, illustrations, and videos provided by the CDC for use in educational materials as supplementary and illustrative elements for lessons. The searchable database is organized by topic (e.g. influenza, smallpox) and audience (e.g. students, teachers). Because the resources are high resolution and authorized for use, users can adapt them to a multitude of uses such as “reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages”. Many images also include detailed descriptions of the content matter and links to outside sources for further information. Images that are copyright protected are noted.
Type of Material:
While the site cautions that "This library includes subject matter that might be unsuitable for children. Viewing discretion is advised" most of the images are suitable for mature students. The images are highly adaptable. The content can be used both in and out of class as illustrative supplementary material to lessons and assessments. Students can also use this material to supplement their own reports and presentations.
Website functions well in Firefox 38.0.5, Internet Explorer 9, and Chrome 43. May need Adobe reader for some documents as well as a high speed internet connection for some videos.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
1. Students can identify, compare, assess, and apply these images and their content as part of larger instructional material.
2. “Offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. We welcome public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages.”
Target Student Population:
College-level students (because of the graphic nature of some of the content).
Can be used in a variety of disciplines including science, geography, history, ethics, and medicine.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Maturity on the part of the student viewing some of the images. A familiarity with the content displayed in the collection will enrich how it is applied.
• Comprehensive collection with high quality images and videos that make hard-to-find resources readily available and usable for teachers.
• Can be used in a variety of disciplines (science, history, sociology, etc.) and in a variety of contexts (presentations, assessments, workshops, etc.)
• Information is marked clearly with a date for the last time it was updated.
• The only real concern is also a strength of the content – it is not an assignment in and of itself and will require instructional development to use. However, this also allows the content to be flexible.
Teachers must remind students to check whether the images are public domain. Most are, but not all.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Enables students to visualize slides, videos and illustrations. Because some terms and concepts in health are not visually apparent (they are inside the body, for example, cells) this site will help students get a better idea of the concepts they are studying in class. Teachers can use the Public Domain images to construct learning materials that will help visual learners.
The organization allows for images to be matched to their corresponding themes and content. This material is not developed as instruction or as an instructional tool but rather as a tool to enhance instruction.
None. Of course teachers using the images should screen them first to be sure they are appropriate for their students' maturity level.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
• Good alternative text for images makes it possible for a screen reader to access information
• Solid design uses appropriate headings, spacing appropriately
None. Very well designed search.
Other Issues and Comments:
Excellent collection that is easily used and adapted to a variety of lesson types and content material
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