This is a wonderful (if somewhat grainy) video of the movement of actin and myosin that can be found under ?Myosin News?. The video is part of a much greater site on myosin with a huge amount of information available covering the molecular, physiological and anatomical research on myosin. The movie does not come with any information other than the title, but to get to the movie you have to click on the link that also includes a link to the research that has been done on myosin.
To observe the interaction of actin and myosin
Target Student Population:
College, med school, graduate
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The viewer needs to know what is actually happening to understand the interactions that are occuring.
Type of Material:
Video Interactive Lesson/Tutorial
Great addition to a section on actin/myosin interactions to see it 'live'
Netscape 4.7 Quicktime
Evaluation and Observation
The material is clearly laid out, accurate and integrates content well.
This video is part of an excellent and detailed site on myosin
The video itself is amazingly clear and would be excellent to show students how these molecules interact.
The user would want to make sure that they had some additional information for the students who are viewing the movie as it plays with no explanation of what if going on. However, the site has all the information about the movie in other sections.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Links are excellent
Provide a good range of information to aid student understanding
The rest of the site is an amazing source of information on the current research in this field
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The links are all complete and so the site is easy to navigate
The ability to make the image larger would be an asset
Other Issues and Comments:
This is a grainy video clip showing actin and myosin interacting. It is not for the beginner biologist (nor the nonmajor) as it does not really cover the basics of this interaction nor does it have any labels to indicate what the images actually are. This site is great for advanced students, graduate or professional.