Project 3: A Walk Through the Human Body

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Monika Behr (Biology 2201)
(mbehr@calvin.stmenet.nf.ca)

Dave O’Keefe (Technology Education)

School: St. John Bosco School
P.O. Box 150, Shea Heights
St. John's, NF
A0A 1J0
Tel: (709) 753-8850
Grade Level: Level II - III
Number of Students: Approximately 30
Project Start and Finish Dates: November 1997 - May 1998
  Project Overview

Students will use the school’s present computer laboratories, and a high speed cable modem connection to access the 3D-HuBEd (3D-based textbook for Human Body Education) on the World Wide Web. Using information gained here they will answer questions and complete research projects concerning body organs and their functions.

Body organs and systems will be assigned to groups of students who will use the Internet Search engines to find useful educational links. Using the information gathered students will set up their own Bosco’s Body Notes Web Page. This should include the research projects on each organ, as well as links which students deem to be useful for explaining functions and concepts.

  Curriculum Connections

A large component of the Biology 2201 course deals with cell structures and organ systems.Traditional teaching media include textbook diagrams, overheads, and television presentations, combined with lectures and note-taking. In some cases it is possible to dissect analogous structures in animal specimens. Technology would be used to overcome some of the disadvantages of two-dimensional media and crowded laboratories. The development of the Web Page addresses Communication Technology and Language Arts objectives.

Projects would target the following body organs and their functions presently included in the Curriculum Guide for 2201:

  1. The Cell
  2. The Heart
  3. The Lung
  4. The Kidney
  5. The Brain
  6. The Senses: Eyes & Ears
  7. The Effector: Muscle

The 3D-HuBEd is a prototype of educational software which uses real-time three-dimensional computer graphics models. It was created with Keio University of Japan to allow users to see 3D computer models interactively from any angle. This helps the student understand functions, movements, changes and deformations of the organs and structures.

Students are intended to:

  1. Gain an understanding of the functioning of various biological structures.
  2. Become familiar with the World Wide Web and its manipulation.
  3. Learn how to publish their data to the World Wide Web and set up a Web Page.
  4. Use technology to further and take responsibility for their own learning.
  5. Gain an appreciation for the intricacies of both the technology of the human body, and the technology of international communications.

  Resource Connections

  1. Internet connection. Provided by Cable Atlantic and STEM~Net.
  2. Internet Server to place WWW pages on. This would probably be Stem~Net.
  3. Computer Systems capable of running WWW software. This will be provided at the school level.
  4. Use of a scanner and related software to input graphics as needed. This could be borrowed from another school or possible provided by St. John Bosco.

  Evaluation

Learning outcomes:

  1. Students will understand the functioning and importance of:
    • The Cell
    • The Lung
    • The Brain
     
    • The Heart
    • The Kidney
    • The Senses: Eyes & Ears
    • The Effectors: Muscle

2. Students will improve their keyboarding skills

3. Students will learn to manipulate WWW search engines

4. Students will learn to format documents in hypertext and embed links

The evaluation of 1 above will be in the form of written tests, quizzes, and the published WWW documents. Items 2 - 4 will again be evaluated in the development of the document, but can also be checked on an individual basis by having students do a short "test" document during a single period at the end of the project.

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