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Here students collaborate via the internet to construct a mixed media presentation on a researched human body organ system
Computers & Internet, Science
Title – Human Body Organ Systems
By – Catherine Leix
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subjects – Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 11-12
- Human Anatomy
- Students begin the unit on Human Anatomy by researching the topic on the internet. Assign groups of three students an organ system to research. They must collaborate via the internet to construct a single presentation.
- Communication, group work, and research are explored in this lesson. Also, the students get a basic understanding of the organ system they have been assigned.
- The presentation should include at least three different types of media (text, pictures, video, audio etc.). Included in the presentation should be; which organs are in the system, how they function individually, and how they function as a whole.
- The teacher introduces the topic of human anatomy and briefly discusses each organ system using a presentation made on Inspiration. If this program is also available to students, they can use Inspiration instead of PowerPoint.
- The following METS are met in this lesson:
- Use available technologies (e.g., desktop conferencing, e-mail, videoconferencing, instant messaging) to communicate with others on a class assignment or project
- Collaborate in content-related projects that integrate a variety of media (e.g., print, audio, video, graphic, simulations, and models)
- Along with the METS, the students will take the first step into their unit on human anatomy. By conducting their own research and listening to the presentations of other students, they will learn a great deal about the human body.
Learning Resources and Materials:
- Computer equipped with internet and Microsoft Office/Inspiration
- Reference biology or anatomy textbooks
Development of Lesson
- Allowing the students to work together in groups will make the research easier and the presentation less nerve-racking.
- All students have a textbook that contains the information, so the internet is required to gain the other two media, if not the information included in the text.
- If the subject and group members cannot keep a student’s attention, hopefully the use of the computer can. Send students who do not use their time in the lab wisely back to the classroom and require them to conduct their research at home.
- The students will be broken into groups of three. Each group will draw an organ system out of a hat.
- The students can read preliminary information on their organ system in the textbook and the next day they will use the computer lab to conduct internet research. The students with internet access at home will be expected to email, instant message, or communicate via the internet in whatever way seems best to collaborate and finish the project. Those students without internet access may use a library or go to the home of one of the students in their class that does have internet.
- The project will be a PowerPoint or Inspiration presentation with the desired information in at least three different media types.
- I will be present throughout the days of research and presentation creation to answer any questions and assist in any way necessary.
- I will save one of the organ systems for myself and show my presentation to let them know what I expect.
- Both textbook and internet learning are involved, so most students can do part of the research without problem. They will also have assistance from group members.
- Hopefully all students have internet access at home, but for those who don’t, provide information on the nearest libraries. If they are unable to make it to a library, they can work from the home of a group member or bring a note from home and communicate by phone.
- A copy of emails or messages forwarded to the teacher ensures internet communication is taking place. The three forms of media must be in the presentation to ensure this standard is met.
- Presentation must clearly list all organs in the system, their function, and how they work together.
- Presentation must include at least three different forms of media.
- Email proof of internet communication or a note from home explaining why the student is unable to obtain internet access must be sent to teacher.
- Correct grammar and spelling must be used throughout the presentation.
- Every student must talk at least once in the presentation to the class.
- Speak so your voice is clearly understood by all people in the class and maintain eye contact throughout the presentation.
- Answer questions or comments from classmates.
- By making a presentation, I hope the students learn not only about organ systems, but also about Microsoft PowerPoint / Inspiration and using the internet as a research tool.
- By listening to the presentations of their classmates, they should also learn about the other systems.
- I will of course re-cover these areas. When I get to the organ system they have researched, they should feel a sense of pride in already knowing most of the information.
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