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."
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.
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Type of Material:
The site contains text, links, graphics and activities.
The site can be used to support any course in which the structure and/or function of the nervous system is addressed.
Evaluation and Observation
The quality of content is excellent, as well as easy to follow. The information is accurate, referenced as needed, current, relevant and varied.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
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.