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by Stephanie Parascandolo
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EdHeads is an website sponsored by the NSF. The website features interactive cartoon videos. One activity called Sickle Cell DNA is a series of six interactive videos in which the student helps a cartoon genetic counselor determine a couple’s probability of having a child with sickle cell anemia. The six videos cover an introduction to sickle cell anemia, the hypothetical couple’s family history, a review of DNA, proteins, and protein folding, and finally, counseling advice for the hypothetical couple.
    The activities found on EdHeads are useful teaching aids. Specifically, the Sickle Cell DNA activity can be used as a part of a genetics lesson in a Living Environment class. Students grouped into twos can complete the activity on school-provided laptops, or alternatively, the teacher can project the activity onto the board. This activity is not only an introduction to inheritance but also a review of the foundations for inheritance that students will have probably learned prior to the unit.

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