Tuesday, March 1, 2022

New Mobile Game Let's Students Investigate and Solve Global Disease Outbreaks

Dr. Spencer Striker, an Associate Professor of Digital Media Design at Northwestern University in Qatar, has released a new mobile game. Dr. Sara: Disease Detective is a fully interactive digital learning mobile game about epidemiology.

The game is designed to get kids interacting and having fun while developing problem-solving skills, logic skills, increasing their scientific vocabulary, and learning more about pandemics.  In this character-driven simulation of Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) detective work, students search for the index case, racing against time to find clues to a cure.

"Dr. Sara: Disease Detective features high stakes time pressure, compelling characters, narrative design, challenging puzzles, and the natural gameplay dynamics that emerge from network science and contact tracing," Dr. Striker said. "We hope this new visual novel mobile game will inspire students to develop an interest in science, medical technology, and public health."

This fun and immersive game features interactive dialogue, innovative character design, minigames about social distancing, hidden object investigation, eureka style logic puzzles, collectible scientific vocabulary, game-based learning techniques, cinematics, visual effects, original music, and immersive sound design.

Dr. Sara: Disease Detective is available on the Apple Store and Google Play. For more information, visit https://www.spencerstriker.com/work/disease-detective.

Take a look a quick overview of what this game is all about.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Crossword Generator

Crosswords can be a fun way for students to review or a great activity for the students who finish early.  The problem is that it is hard to find a crossword puzzle that goes along with the content you are teaching.  Crossword Lab is a free site that allows you to easily make your own crossword puzzles.  All you need to do is to enter the word that should appear in the puzzle and then the clue for it.  For example: dog man's best friend.  In this example dog would be the word that would be in the puzzle and man's best friend would be the clue written.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Comparative Anatomy in Pictures

eSkeletons is a great site for viewing skeletal models.  There are a number of mammalian skeletons that you can choose from and can even look at a specific bone.  While there are many sites that will allow you to view models of the skeleton, what I like about this site is that you can easily compare comparable bones of different organisms. 

It is a good website to add to your anatomy toolkit.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Interactive Periodic Table with Pictures

Elements.wlonk.com is the home to The Periodic Table of Elements, in Pictures and Words.  It is an interactive site where students can click on elements to see how it used and in what commons prodcuts it is found. For example, if you click on calcium an image of seashell appears along with a list of other places it is found.

In addition to the interactive page, you can also print out a copies or purchase a high quality poster.  

This is something that I would use in both my middle and high school classrooms.  Students often think they know what things are made of, but it would be eye opening for them to see what elements are really in the items they use every day.  Connections like these provide a better understanding and enhance learning. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

What would you ask an Astronaut?

WonderWorks is hosting an “Ask An Astronaut” online event, where retired NASA astronaut Dr. Don Thomas will answer questions that have been submitted by the public. Teachers and students are encouraged to submit their questions now, and Dr. Thomas will answer as many as he can in a video interview that will be shared on social media on October 2, 2021 at 10 a.m. EST.

All these questions and many more will be answered when Dr. Thomas hosts the Q&A session that will be posted on WonderWorks’ social media. Teachers are encouraged to have students submit questions and watch the event. To submit a question for Dr. Don Thomas, visit the site: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/survey/.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Frog Dissection App

I have found that fewer and fewer schools are offering dissections as part of their Biology/Life Science curriculum.  There are many reasons that this might be, but I still feel that students are missing out by not being able to do them.  The next best thing is doing dissection in person, which is to do a virtual dissection.  There are many options out there and depending on why type of tech you have in your classroom, there are various choices you have.

If you use iPads in your classroom, I recommend the Frog Dissection app. It is not a free app, but I think that it's worth it.  It's $3.99 which is a bit steep for an app, especially if you have to purchase 10-15 licenses.  The good thing is that you only have to make the purchase once.  Luckily Apple offers a volume purchase discount.  Ask your IT department if your school is signed up.

Do you do dissections in your classroom? 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Living Things and Cells Review Game

Finding a middle school science review game that your kids enjoy, but is also content based can sometimes be a challenge.  This is a Jeopardy style game is set up as a PowerPoint. It corresponds with the unit on Living Things and Cells from the Prentice Hall Science Explorer Series. Living Things and Cells Review Game Do you find it difficult to find ways to review with your students that is fun, but also actually reviews the material?  I have have always found game show like review games to be fun for students and also effective in reviewing.  There are so many times when I hear my students say something like "I totally forgot about that!"  While it makes me sad to hear it, I am also happy that I am doing this review so that students get an idea of what areas that they still need to focus on. I hope that you will check out this freebie.  You might also be interested in a Cell Project (another one of my freebies). Happy Sciencing! Cristina from Savvy Secondary Science