Create great written visuals with "The Snapshot Writing Tool"

The Snapshot Writing Tool is designed to put students in a specific moment in time using a visual prompt such as a photo or video and then write about what you see?  What you hear?  What you smell?  What you taste?  and what you feel?  Drawing upon all 5 senses.

The snapshot writing tool will really encourage your students create visual imagery within their writing, and they have a great deal of fun putting themselves in the perspective of the picture.

Students can either use a photo of their own anlongside the tool or alternately you can access my collection of 150 Amazing writing prompts here.

Download the Snapshot Writing Tool here

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Teach your students anatomy with Google Body Browser

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Google Body is a detailed 3D model of the human body. You can peel back anatomical layers, zoom in, and navigate to parts that interest you. Click to identify anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more.

You can also share the exact scene you are viewing by copying and pasting the corresponding URL.

Students and Biology teachers will find this a really useful tool for gaining a visual understanding of the human body.  Access the site here and below is a video explaining how it works.

Everthing you need to know about the 5 senses

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As per usual the BBC have put together another excellent website about the human senses, what they do and how they work. Below are some great activities from the site which can be accessed here.

Are your eyes being tricked by your brain? Do you know what a supertaster is? Or how to avoid travel sickness? Put your senses to the test in our Senses Challenge.

Discover why food tastes bland if you can't smell.

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Are you a supertaster?

Does everything on the menu sound unappealing or delicious? Take our test to find out if you're a supertaster.

Supertaster | Science of Supertasters

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Sniffing the decades

See if we can predict which decade you were born in from the smells that remind you of your childhood.

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Nervous system game

Wire up the body parts to the correct nerves in our nervous system game.

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Brain map

Use our brain map to navigate your way to the part of your brain you use to see.

Save a frog and dissect it on the iPad instead with this brilliant science app

Frog Dissection is an educational iPad app from Punflay, This PeTA-award-winning app is like a detailed instructional guide for the iPad that simulates the frog dissection procedure minus the mess and smell. The app has been conceptualized and designed in consultation with subject matter experts who validated the entire development process to ensure accuracy and usability of content. It is suitable for children in middle and high school and can act as a supplement or substitute to a real dissection.

So how does the app work?

You begin by selecting the dissection instruments-pins, scalpel, marker and forceps from a tray and pin down the virtual specimen. Follow the rest of the steps with the help of detailed written instructions along with voice over. Learning is enhanced through vivid 3D imaging that helps in visualizing the frog’s anatomy effectively. The complete dissection sequence will give the user a feel for the real thing without ever having to step into a wet lab.

Apart from walking the student through the virtual procedure, the app also has additional features that make it a more comprehensive learning tool. Teachers will find the segment on classification and life-cycle of frogs particularly useful. A comparison of human vs. frog anatomy is also included in the app.

What’s in it for teachers and students?

Depending on the age group and intended outcome of this segment of the biology curriculum, here’s how we think the app can be used in the classroom.  If dissection is part of the curriculum and your school is considering offering alternatives, then Frog Dissection can be used in lieu of the real thing.

Frog Dissection can also be used as a supplement to live dissection. In this case, teachers could first do a demo of the app in class and then follow it by allowing students to complete the real procedure in the lab. This approach will come handy especially for those who are a bit squeamish about the live procedure and would rather try a virtual procedure first.

For those in middle school, the app can be used as a demo in class. Following the demo, the teacher could divide the class into small groups and have them try the app to learn more about dissection and amphibians.

At under $5 from the app store it is definitely worth a look.