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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Neuroscience for Kids

by Eric Chudler
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Oct 20, 2004 by Psychology
Overview: This imaginative and attractive site is a very extensive resource for
information relating to neuroscience. The main menu directs the viewer to
various types of information, including descriptive text, links, resources,
experiments, projects, games, lesson plans for teachers, worksheets, examples
and projected age groups for each item. Each of the 11 main sections of the site
further divides into comprehensive subsections. Despite the profusion of
information and activities, the site is very well organized and easy to use. Its
introduction sums up the site's contents quite sufficiently and accurately
"Neuroscience for Kids has been created for all students and teachers who would
like to learn more about the nervous system. Enjoy the activities and
experiments on your way to learning more about the brain and spinal cord."
Learning Goals: As stated in the introduction, this site is all about the nervous system. It
provides information on both structure and function.
Target Student Population: The author has named this ?Neuroscience for Kids? and specifies K-12 as the
audience for the various activities and learning modules contained in the site.
However, the range of information and activities make much of the content
appropriate for college undergraduates as well. This site would be use to lower
division college students, in introductory psychology and in biological
psychology.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.
Type of Material: The site contains text, links, graphics and activities.
Recommended Uses: The site can be used to support any course in which the structure and/or
function of the nervous system is addressed.
Technical Requirements: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The quality of content is excellent, as well as easy to follow. The information
is accurate, referenced as needed, current, relevant and varied.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site is a very effective teaching tool. The author?s objective appears to
be to make the content as clear, relevant, creative and ?fun? as possible for
instructors and students, and he succeeds in this. There is a great deal of
variety in how this site could be used. This has the potential for being part of
a lecture, project, homework, or independent study. Students may be encouraged
to extrapolate the material and create their own examples or projects.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is not only engaging, but easy to use.
Concerns: None.

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