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Monday, October 17, 2011

BioDigital Human - 3D Platform for Understanding Anatomy and Physiology

One of the services that Google shut down as part of their Labs closure was the Google Body Browser. It was a good site for anatomy and physiology students. Fortunately, there are some other sites that do the same things that the Body Browser did. One such alternative that I previously reviewed is Healthline's Body Maps models. Another alternative that I recently learned about from Danny Nicholson is BioDigital Human.

BioDigital Human offers interactive 3D models of human anatomy. You can turn on and off different views according to which body systems you want to view. The models can be rotated 360 degrees and the labels have an audio play-back option. The video below offers an overview of BioDigital Human.

If you are going to use BioDigital Human in your classroom, there are two things to keep in mind. First, the models are 100% anatomically correct. Second, you do need to have your browser updated to the latest version possible to experience all that BioDigital Human has to offer.

Teacher Wall - Share Your Stories

Teacher Wall is a place for teachers to share their short stories about why they teach, their challenges, and their successes. You can respond to the Teacher Wall prompts or respond to other teachers' video comments. The video below offers a short introduction to Teacher Wall.

Teacher Wall is funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Donors Choose, and Scholastic.

Channel.me - Surf the Web Together

Channel.me is a neat way to share your web search sessions with others. Enter into Channel.me the website that you're browsing then click "create channel" to start sharing your web browsing with others. Channel.me will provide the option to share your browsing session with others. The people that join your channel can chat with you and watch your mouse movements on their screens. The video below offers a kind of odd, animated overview of how Channel.me works.



Applications for Education
Channel.me could be useful for remotely instructing students on the use of a new website. You could also use it to demonstrate a search strategy.

Slime Kids - School Library Media Kids

Slime Kids is a site designed for elementary school students, their teachers, and their parents. Slime Kids offers educational games offers four categories of games; typing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary. The highlight of Slime Kids is the book trailers designed to help spark students' interest in reading a book. If students find a book that they like, they can visit Slime Kids to find biographies and links to the authors of their favorite book(s).

Applications for Education
Slime Kids could be a handy website for elementary school teachers looking for a resource that will help students find books they'll enjoy. The games aspect of Slime Kids could also be helpful in locating some practice activities for your elementary school students.

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