This site is a blogger site through blogspot.com with over 400 members and 900 posted animations or videos listed in alphabetical order covering all topics in biology, with predominance towards human anatomy, physiology and health. The site is not searchable; however, once one item is selected other suggestions pop up. Animation and video length range from seconds to nearly an hour with no indication of the length in the master list. The videos are hosted on YouTube. This site is best used for general browsing. Unfortunately, many animations and videos are no longer available because of copyright infringements, yet they remain listed. Viewers may leave comments but very few of the posted videos or animations had any comments.
Target Student Population:
High school or undergraduate college.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
Collection of Animations and Videos
These animations could be assigned to students outside of class or used as demonstrations in class. These animations would also be especially useful for online or hybrid classes.
Varies depending on the video or animation selected from the list. The vast majority of the items can be viewed through YouTube.
Evaluation and Observation
Great variety of topics
Most videos seem to be high quality
Videos are tagged with key words, allowing them to found in searches
Each video lists similar videos ("You might also like...")
The animation collection is biased towards human biology and medicine
No information on the curator is given
Items listed are not screened or peer-reviewed
Many items are inactivated due to copy right issues but remain on the listing
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The animations are mostly short and could easily be used by faculty
The blog host (Blogger.com) allows sharing of videos in a variety of ways (Twitter, Facebook, email, Google+)
Users are exposed to a large array of topics from molecular to systems in normal and disease states.
Some animations have been blocked by publishers for copyright violations
Copyright issues may be present in other videos
There is a long alphabetical list of topics, but no specific organization
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The videos are easy to access, in full screen or small screen
The videos are easy to share in several ways
The long list of topics allows some searching
The list of animations is alphabetized
Other suggested videos pop up after watching one video
Only limited search functions are allowed
The videos are tagged with key words, but there is no actual organizational scheme or content list
Comments on videos are possible but very few had comments