Interactive Models of the Human Eye

There are some excellent interactive guides to the human eye available online. I have used them in class but also as the basis of a flipped learning activity which I then followed up with an eyeball dissection and this highly effective model eye demonstration.

This resource from Lenstore takes you on a journey right through the centre of the eye from the cornea to the optic nerve. Pop-up labels provide a brief outline of each part of the eye but these can be expanded to find out more.

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Contact lens manufacturers Acuvue provide another interactive model as well as video tutorials and diagrams explaining the causes of nearsightedness and farsightedness and the ways in which they can be corrected.

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VisionDirect also offer an interactive model with more simple explanations, more suited for Key Stage 3 learners. There is also a worksheet to accompany it.

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Google Forms for Flipped Learning

I am a big fan of Google Classroom and although I am not completely paperless quite yet, I am increasingly using Google Docs in class and when setting assignments for homework.

I think one of my greatest discoveries when completing the Google Certified Educator courses (available here and highly recommended) was the fact that you can embed YouTube videos directly into a Google Form then share it with your students as a flipped learning activity. There are a variety of different question types available including text and multiple choice as well as more advanced options such as scales for ordering or sequencing.

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The students’ responses are automatically collated in a Google Sheet document allowing you to add comments, apply conditional formatting or review their learning before the lesson.

Adobe Voice

I highly recommend this new app from Adobe for making animated videos. I use it in place of flow maps when sequencing information or describing processes and it is particularly useful for recapping practical investigations.

Here is an example about DNA replication made by one of my A level Biology students.

Once the students had made the videos we shared them on Twitter where they received a very positive reaction from the Product Lead at Adobe, Tom Nguyen.

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MOOCs 

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There are an increasing number of CPD courses available online and many of them are free. Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs are run in conjunction with top universities in the UK and USA. For example, I have recently completed a six week course on Assessment for Learning in Stem Teaching led by Dylan William and Christine Harrison from the University of Leeds. The course was free but the optional certificate of completion cost £40 and was posted to me here in Thailand.

MOOC providers include: FutureLearn, Coursera, Ed-X and Open2Study. They are well worth a look.