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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Building Circuits

This Flash animation is a great way to teach electrical circuits to elementary school students. It will help students make the link between components of actual circuits and electrical symbols. After learning what each symbol means, the student can then draw circuit diagrams by dragging symbols of components. It is very simple, but exactly what is needed for elementary school students.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Interactive Autopsy

Be careful, this site is not for everyone and should only be used with mature students. Interactive Autopsy is a step-by-step demonstration of what happens during an autopsy procedure. In the first step, the student will do the external examination to then move to the internal examination. Then the student will look at the internal organs by removing them. Then it is time for removing the brain and weighing all the organs. Then to finish the autopsy, it is time to return the organs to the body and sewing it up. All the steps are done interactively by dragging and clicking with the mouse. This site is easy to understand and great for students with interest in forensic science or who are big fans of CSI.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Mr. Picasso Head

If you have artistic students who like to draw faces, Mr. Picasso Head will be a great tool to let them explore their creativity. This flash application is very simple. You get to choose a face, eyes, nose, lips, ears, eyebrows and hair and you drag them and move them to give your face a unique look. Each element of the drawing can be rotated, flipped, scaled up and down, and coloured. As with any good graphic application, there are layers that can be used to decide what will be in the foreground and background.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Biology Questions

Here is a nice resource for any high school biology teachers: biology questions. This website contains more than 1800 biology questions with the answers. Questions are classified in different categories such as biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, embryology, genetics, evolution, ecology and zoology. This site was specially written and organized to make Biology learning easier. It can be used as a reference or as a study tool. It could also become a "question of the day" in your classroom. Students can even send a question to the website and they may get an answer added to the site. Here are a few questions you can find answer on this site: What are the main types of lipids? Which are the plant tissues responsible for the supporting of the plant? What is the name of the molecule that transports oxygen in red blood cells?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

States of Matter

This simple Flash animation about the states of matter will help the student visualize particles, as the temperature is increase. The temperature vs. time graph helps the student visualize the "plateau" when there is a change of phase (at the melting point and the boiling point). There are also arrows to show how changes of phase are called (melting, freezing, boiling and condensing). Unfortunately, sublimation is missing.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Small Skeleton

This is a great way for elementary school students to discover some of the main bones of the skeleton. The student can see the person without the bones or see the person with the bones. The student then drags the name of each bone in the appropriate box. Once the bones have been named, the student can check his or her answers and print the skeleton. This activity is way too simple for high school, but great for younger children in elementary school.