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The eSkeletons Project

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Julia Stirling, Jun 18, 2009
Comment: I was highly impressed with this site. It allows the viewers to see bones in a very realistic way, from different angles and views, and compare the bones to different specimens. Since it would be very difficult to get the array of bones represented in this site present in a classroom, the site allows students to interact with many different kinds of bones that wouldn't be available to them in real life. I especially like the comparative feature on the site. It would be very useful in a lesson on the evolution of mammals, and would allow students to see the similarities and differences between the bones of different mammals. This site would be very useful as a supplementary resource for a lesson and would allow students to navigate at their own pace, as well as investigate bones and comparisons of bones that they are interested in. There are many different bones to choose from, so students would have many choices and be able to see many different kinds of bones. I would also be able to use this site for the students to learn the names of the different bones. It is different to learn the name of a bone and point to it on your body compared to seeing the actual bone, from all different angles. Seeing the bone would allow visual learners to connect that image to the name, and see the same bone in different mammals. The site would appeal to other learners as well, since there is a lot of interaction and options for students to explore anatomy. I think this site is very useful for teachers and students in the study of anatomy and would benefit many different types of users. Even as I was navigating, I kept saying "Wow" out loud because it really gives you a picture of what our bones look like inside our body. I have never experienced that before and look forward to sharing it with my students someday.

Technical Remarks:

Everything was very easy to navigate through and could be easily used by a student or teacher. A teacher could also easily give directions to a student to go to specific bones and look at specific information. A student could also easily explore on his or her own and learn about the bones they are interested in or having trouble learning the names of. Everything was organized in a logical way and a user wouldn't have trouble finding the information they needed to find.