This site contains information on cellular organelles ? structure and function. It presents a basic overview of these cell components.
Type of Material:
As a reveiw of materials in cell biology
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To provide material on cell organelle structure and function.
Target Student Population:
HS or non majors biology in college.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The material is clearly laid out.
The images (drawings) are very, very amateur and are often of such poor quality that it is difficult to imagine what the organelles really look like. Suggest employing an artist to render the drawings or use photomicrographs instead.
Material covered is nothing that could not be found in any decent biology textbook. The textbook would even have better drawings and photos.
Site provides nothing new or innovative.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Good for reveiwing material or for low level classes
Site only has static pictures and text
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The links are all complete and so the site is easy to navigate
Other Issues and Comments:
Author's Comments: The Cell-ebration web site was designed as a REVIEW of the function of cell organelles for 6th-9th grade students. The site was created because other sites on the web were at too high a level for 11-14 year-olds.
The premise is that the students learn about organelles in earlier grades but never learn that the cell membrane is also an organelle with selective permeability until they are in advanced high school biology.
The rest of the unit (published by the American Physiological Society) introduces experiments and information to understand how cell membranes with lipids and proteins) act like they are selectively permeable when it comes to membrane transport physiology.
The drawings were designed to be childish and like cartoons to appeal to young children.
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