Anatomy and Cell Biology at Timberline High School

On Friday I drove out to Timberline High School in Lacey for the first classes of the 2014-15 school year.  It was a long day and early morning drive to get there for 1st period.  Joan Marshall’s Biology and Anatomy & Physiology classes took advantage of the Exo Lab Focus camera and 40 of our iPads to study during their class period.

In the Biology classes, Joan started off with some slides projected with Focus Camera, I then passed out an iPad to each student.

For this to go as smoothly as possible I have created a sign-out sheet. The sheet is very basic, each student writes his/her name and the number of the iPad they are being given.  At the end of the period before everyone leaves I collect them and check off the iPads one by one.

Once each student had an iPad they used 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool by Invitrogen Corp. to locate organelles and write a description onto their worksheet.  This app has greatly improved in recent updates and while at its core is still used to sell stains for laboratories, it also has a wealth of knowledge about parts of the cell.

In her Anatomy and Physiology classes students took an online quiz from Hole’s Human Anatomy and Physiology website.  The quiz was 40 questions and added to grade book at the end of the period by each student showing Joan their scores(they could take the test more than once).

Overall, my time at Timberline High School was well spent, and while there wasn’t a grand lesson plan prepared it was a good opportunity for the students to get access to some technology and it’s great hearing students say things like “Thanks for coming!” and “This is the first time I’ve touched an iPad!”  It really makes everything worth while.

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