||Sep 14, 2008 by Health Sciences
Town is an interactive learning resource
developed by the National Library of Medicine to provide information about the location of toxic substances in our environment. The learning resource is available in both English and Spanish. It includes a teachers guide designed for K-12 teachers.Tox Town
consists of five neighborhoods (city, farm, town, border, and port) where
environmental concerns abound. There is no cost associated with using the
resources at Tox
After completing the learning module the learner should be able to:
water, air, and noise pollution that are present in different
the effect that chemicals and other aspects of our environment have on human
|Target Student Population:
The animations are appropriate for students in high school
or the first 2 years of undergraduate study in college and the concerned public. Students studying
environmental sciences or pre-professionals in the health sciences such as
nursing, respiratory therapy, and medicine would benefit from using this
It is a companion to the extensive information in the TOXNET® collection of databases that are typically used by toxicologists and health professionals.
|Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Ability to navigate an Internet site with multiple
links and hot spots.
General knowledge of chemical names and high school
Knowledge of common health concerns including hearing
and vision problems, infections, and breathing problems.
|Type of Material:
Town is a collection of images with
mouse roll-overs, menus, and external links which provide information about environmental
hazards that might be present in a neighborhood.
The learning resource could be used as a stand alone resource
because it has accompanying descriptions of toxic substances by linking the
site to ToxNet. In addition, Tox Town
is linked to Medline Plus which provides additional information about health
concerns. This tool is useful for individuals who may have a limited grasp or no understanding of toxicology.
In order to view the images in Tox Town,
Flash must be installed (there is a text-only version available). Sounds are
provided to increase interest for the user, but not necessary to understanding
the content. No other programs are required. Tox Town
runs equally well in Firefox and Internet Explorer.