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Brianna

by Brian Murfin
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This seems is a great website to recieve animations for particular topics including mitosis, budding, the life cycle and so much more. I love interactive PowerPoints and SmartBoards so I think this is a great device to insert into my lessons. animation is not only exciting for the students but it will allow them to visualize different scientific processes which can make the learning process a lot more simple.

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Biological animations and tutorials


Added 12/20/2011

This seems is a great website to recieve animations for particular topics including mitosis, budding, the life cycle and so much more. I am a big fan of interactive PowerPoint or SmartBoard presentations because I think it breaks up lecturing and makes learning fun. Animations are a great teaching tool because it is something exciting for the students to watch as it also breaks down and creates a visual step by step processes that the teacher is unable to recreate. By viewing an animation on budding for example, students will have a much easier time grasping the concept than they would if a two dimensional image was drawn onto the board.

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virtual microscope


Added 12/20/2011

This virtual microscope is gret for a middle school class just starting out working with microscopes. Microscopes are delicate and incredibly expensive to replace so I think for beginners a virtual demonstration is key until you feel your class is ready to move on and work with an actual microscope. Being this virtual microscope also includes slides for viewing simulation, this material can also be used for a class that exhibits poor behavior and may not be able to properly work with a microscope. They are still getting a chance to "view objects under a microscope" but the plus side is no harm will be done to the microscope or any individuals in the class.

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Cell Biology and Cancer


Added 12/20/2011

Cancer is not only a topic covered in High School Biology, but a disease that affects many. I think almost everyone knows of an individual effected by cancer which is why it is important to thoroughly cover the facts about cancer with your high school biology students. They should learn about causes, prevention, symptoms etc. This website I have added to my collection includes a lot of information on cancer from an online textbook. I can see this being useful in my future class when we discuss body symptoms or noninfectious disease. Granted I do not expect the students to read this online material, but rather it be a resource for myself to relay important points to them.

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Blood Typing Game


Added 12/20/2011

This game is pretty cool, I found myself playing a couple of rounds to test my knowledge. I can use this game as support for my lesson(s) on bloodtyping. I think it would be a good idea to use this game as a lab, and develop a series of questions for students to complete along with the game to serve as the assessment portion of the lab. Now with so many blood-borne diseases, bloodtyping labs are forbidden in the High School setting which is why this game was a great find. The students get to take on the role of doctor as they work quickly to discover the patients blood type and find him/her the proper transfusion. Whats awesome about educational games is that students have such a great time playing, that they dont even realize they are learning. A class would be much more excited to spend a day on the dry materials of how to blood type and spend the following day working with this game than spending two days on blood type lecturing and punnet squares testing for blood type.

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Spongebob Squarepants Genetics


Added 12/20/2011

I can use this to teach an 8th grade science class (or 9th depending on the level) about punnett squares. Even if the students claim theyre "too old" for SpongeBob, I am sure they will find it more exciting than taking examples straight from the textbook and working on those. In my freshman year of college, I observed a 9th grade class at Bayside High School and they performed this SpongeBob Squarepants Genetic activity. Not one student complained that they were "too old" for SpongeBob, they all loved it and had a great time accompanied with several laughs while working on it. I remember back then saying to myself "Wow this is a great learning device."

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