Apr 20, 2014
- This website by the nonprofit educational research and development organization, Concord Consortium, allowed for simulations such as cellular respiration, genetics, meiosis, diffusion, selection pressures, photosynthesis, protein synthesis, and a variety of other biological processes and topics.
- Type of Material:
- Website with interactive downloadable apps to demonstrate various topics in science.
- Recommended Uses:
- These modules and interactives could be used by students individual, in online classes or as assignments. Instructors might be able to use them in class as well.
- Technical Requirements:
- Web browser. The interactives seem to rely on Java Runtime version 5. There are some HTML5 modules as well.
- Identify Major Learning Goals:
- None given, and these would vary by activity or interactive. The mission of the Concord Consortium is "To ignite large-scale improvements in teaching and learning through technology."
- Target Student Population:
- The target student population includes high school and undergraduate students.
- Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
- None. These modules appropriate for lower division introductory college courses, with no prerequisites.
- Interactivity--most of these modules have significant active learner engagement
- The topics presented for biology include some of the notoriously difficult topics (DNA to protein, respiration)
- The information seems generally accurate
- Simulations are concise and easy to comprehend as well as having great graphics
- The graphics are unrealistic to the actual model but this allows for students to have a better understanding of a simplified process
- The unit on osmosis is incorrect about how osmosis works
- The interactive activities are engaging and should prove highly effective for students
- The ability to set up small experiments using the interactive functions is a great feature
- The quizzes in the units are very effective at reinforcing the material
- The text descriptions of the topics are useful as well
- This is a unique way of learning
- The use of the interactives may require some computer skills that are beyond some students
- Some of the introductory is quite long and not very engaging
- The units are downloadable and some are apparently being developed for use on the internet using HTML
- The site is well organized
- Instructors can sort the activities and interactives by discipline, by educational level and by resource type--a very nice feature
- The units are downloadable and allow portability
- Instructors have a large range of activities and interactive simulations by discipline
- There is a note about some known Java issues, especially with Mac mavericks
- The downloadable interactives require Java Runtime, which frequently causes problems for students; there is a instructional note about some known Java issues
- The download feature may buffer slowly
- registration is required for some features
- Other Issues and Comments:
- There were no other issues.
- Creative Commons: