“DNA Replication Fork”
DNA Replication Fork
Jan 15, 2013
- This website focuses on how the replication fork and associated proteins work together spatially and temporally to make copies of DNA. Richard Losick has put together a simple, but elegant visual learning tool.
- Type of Material:
- Flash Animation
- Recommended Uses:
- This could be useful as a visual tool during a lecture on DNA replication or alternatively by sudents as a supplemental activity.
- Technical Requirements:
- Adobe Flash. It works fine in Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.
- Identify Major Learning Goals:
- Although these are not clearly stated on the website, it will help students to visualize and better understand the processes involved in DNA replicaiton.
- Target Student Population:
- High school biology and undergraduate biology students interested in the molecular world.
- Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
- An introductory knowledge of DNA and enzymes as biomolecules would be beneficial.
- Focused on a specific content area
- Website seems to easily play on multiple platorms and does not require any special programs or hardware
- Good quality graphics are used
- Pause, play, forward and backward controls for stepping through the animation
- The animation provides a simplistic overview to help students understand the basic processes involved in DNA replication
- The site provides only basic details about the "replication fork" and does not provide much information about the origin of replication
- Website would be effective as a supplemental learning tool for college general education courses or high school biology
- Could easily replace a lecture covering same topic
- Would make an excellent resource in a flipped classroom
- Overall extremely effective
- May require some background information to be effective
- As long as Flash Play is functioning well, this website is very easy to use
- The first animation automatically plays and the user can pause the animations at any time or click around to see the other animations and descriptions
- Other Issues and Comments:
- Creative Commons: