Several years ago, I attended a conference presentation in which a professor of French talked how she was using "The Sims" in her instruction. Her presentation was extremely compelling, and there were a large number of instructors who later attended her workshop on "The Sims". Instructional uses of simulations and serious gaming have become mainstream, and that is not surprising since sims can allow students to experience real-life problem solving with little of the risk "real-life" might have. Simulations and/or Gaming are being use to train surgeons, soldiers, financial analysts and diplomats. If you've not thought about including a sim in your teaching, even just as supplemental material, this might be the time to investigate the possibilities. Here are a few to stimulate your imagination:
Though these are not free, the web sites can give you an idea of how serious games can be:
These are free:
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Motion Mountain: The Adventures of Physics
"For each field of physics, the text presents the best stories, the latest research results, the best animations, the best images, the most interesting physical puzzles and the most telling physical curiosities. It includes more than 700 animations, films and illustrations, 120 tables, 1900 challenges and puzzles, and 1100 internet links." The project was begun in 1997 and is now in its 23 edition. The text is downloaded over 30,000 times a year. The text can be read online, downloaded in pdf format.
There are a number of interactive and multimedia sites on the web that are useful for educational purposes, but aren't exactly "slick" looking--like those done by professional web masters. This site on cell biology is like that: http://www.johnkyrk.com/index.html
This site contains a number of animations designed to explain various aspects of cell biology. The topics include: cell membranes, glycolysis, Golgi apparatus, Mitochondria/electron transport (to name a few).
This site is much slicker than the one listed above:http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/ Click on "Inside a cell" and you'll be taken to the outside of a cell. Mouse over the cell, and you'll get a look inside. Click on an organ, and you'll get a slick video, complete with sound effects describing the organ and what it does.
Text, audio and video describe endoplasmic reticulum