Exploring Cells from the Inside Out: New Tools for the Classroomby: James Minogue, Gail Jones, Bethany Broadwell, and Tom Oppewal

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After the first observations of life under the microscope, it took two centuries of research before the "cell theory" was established. Fortunately, today's teachers can take advantage of computer technology and speed up the discovery process in their classrooms. This article presents several new computer-mediated instructional programs that are designed to teach students about the complex “world of cells.” Viewed collectively, these instructional programs have the potential to not only have a positive influence on students’ conceptions of cells, but also to enhance their understanding of the intimate relationship between form and function, as well as the value of using models to learn about basic biology.

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  • on Tue May 05, 2015 6:13 PM

It is always important to keep up to date on new technologies. This article talks about a new computer program helping teach about cells. It is hard for students to visualize and think about the concept of cells because they are at such a small, micro level. This program creates an interactive lesson for the students learn about cells and DNA.

Laura W  (Holt, MI)
Laura W (Holt, MI)

  • on Tue May 05, 2015 3:29 PM

This article explained a lot about using technology in the classroom to teach about cells. I think this is very important because you cannot see cells and computer programs can be very interactive and beneficial for students to use. I know that learning about cells can be difficult for students but students can see the cells and interact with them on computer programs.


  • on Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:11 AM

This article highlighted high tech and low tech ways to ensure students understand cells. The use of computers and hands on examples together will certainly help to solidify students understanding of cells.

Charla P
Charla P

  • on Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:57 PM

This article introduces a virtual lab system that enables students to explore cells using a computer program. In addition to explaining how the computer program works, the author also includes ideas for hands-on extension. This is a great article for any teacher looking for a unique way to help your students explore cells.

Maureen Stover  (Fayetteville, NC)
Maureen Stover (Fayetteville, NC)

  • on Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:38 PM

The author discusses the latest 3d technology for teaching cell theory to middle school students. There is research that shows that model and sensory manipulation enhances the learning experience. Several virtual resources are explained, and suggestions are given for their use in the classroom.

Therese H  (Salisbury, MD)
Therese H (Salisbury, MD)

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