This site is an interactive animation on sickle cell, its inheritance pattern, and the services that genetic counselors can provide to those who seek their services. Details about amino acids, DNA replication, proteins, and protein folding are explained with an age-appropriate vocabulary.
The animation/tutorial uses a case study (sickle cell) to teach DNA, protein synthesis, expression of character trait, and what to do with the information. The animation has embedded assessments that help the learner track his/her progress throughout the learning process.
Target Student Population:
Although very basic, this animation could be used for middle school, high school, and for nonscience majors at the college level.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic knowledge of genetics and cell biology.
Type of Material:
This is an interactive animation, that contains voice over readings for ADA compliance.
This animation would be best be used to integrate DNA replication, transcription, and translation to health and disease. In addition, it would provide a real-life link to a disease that impacts many in society today.
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Evaluation and Observation
The narrated animation is skillfully presented using vocabulary that is appropriate for beginning biology students
Content is accurate based on currently accepted information regarding DNA, sickle cell, and genetic counseling techniques
Learners can pause and rewind the learning object for better understanding
Assessment questions are embedded in the learning object
At first glance it appears to be be useful for elementary grades. However, the content is at a higher level than the animations reveals
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The presentation of the topic is lively and interactive
Provides a true-to-life case scenario to which learners can relate
Information is presented in an engaging and active manner for students to assimilate
The glossary could be dictated, for ADA compliance and ease for students to learn vocabulary
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Materials accessible through any search engine
There is a teacher’s guide and a “need help” link to maximize utility of the resource
There is a suggestion for which audience to use the learning object (grade 9 +)
he animation is very easy to use, and is easy for students to click and advance through each segment
The animation sometimes stops out if the student takes a break or delays advancing through pages