Showing posts with label Body Browser. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Body Browser. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Interactive Build a Body Lesson

Sponge Lab Biology recently won a National Science Foundation award for its interactive Build a Body activity. Spend a few minutes using Build a Body and it is easy to understand why it was recognized by the NSF.

In Sponge Lab Biology's Build a Body students construct a human body system-by-system. To build a body students drag and drop into place the organs and bones of a human body. Each organ and bone is accompanied by a description of the purpose of that bone or organ. The systems that students can build in the Build a Body activity are the skeletal, digestive, respiratory, nervous, excretory, and circulatory systems.

Build a Body has a case study menu in which students can read about diseases, disorders, and and other concerns that affect the human body. In each case study students are given a short description of the concern followed by a question that they should be able to answer after completing the Build a Body activity.

Applications for Education
Build a Body was designed with high school students in mind. Build a Body could be an excellent resource to pair with Biodigital Human or Healthline's Body Maps. Have students use the Body Maps and Biodigital Human to study the construction of the human body then use Build a Body to test their knowledge.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Healthline Body Maps - 3D Interactive Models

Healthline Body Maps provides interactive three dimensional models for learning about human anatomy. Body Maps has male and female models. The models have eight layer views, from skin to skeletal, that you can select. You can hold your mouse pointer over any part of the model to view a body part's name and then zoom to more detailed information. For example, if I place my mouse on the stomach I can then click through for a more detailed view and to see how the stomach is connected to other body parts. To rotate the model just click and drag the model to the left or right.

Applications for Education
If you are going to use Healthline Body Maps in your classroom, please beware that the models are very anatomically correct. Keep that in mind before sending your class to the site.

Late last fall Google introduced the Body Browser for exploring human anatomy through 3D interactive models. To use the Google Body Browser you must have the latest version of Chrome or Firefox 4 installed. Unfortunately, some schools don't allow teachers to update the browsers on the computers their students use. For teachers in those situations, Healthline Body Maps is an excellent alternative.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Google Body Browser = Google Earth for Anatomy

I saw Google's Body Browser earlier this week, but because I didn't have the time to test drive it until this morning. After installing the latest version of Google Chrome (Body Browser won't work without it) I was able to see what all the talk was about. Body Browser gives you a 360 degree view of the human body. You can turn on layers to see bones, muscles, organs, and the nervous system. You can turn on all the layers at the same time and alter the transparency of each layer. Turn on labels to have labels appear each time you click on a part of the body. For example, if I have the bones layer turned on along with the labels, when I click on a bone a label will appear. Watch the video below to see Google Body Browser in use.


Body Browser is a Google Labs product which means it's still in the experimental stage. You should expect to find some quirks occasionally. You will also need to have the latest version of Google Chrome installed.

Applications for Education
Body Browser could be a fantastic resource for teachers and students of anatomy. By spinning the body 360 degrees students can learn to recognize parts of the anatomy from many views instead of just 2D photographic views.