Digestion (Core) and Flip Thinking
Digestion – something you only want to go in one direction. But learning about digestion doesn’t have to go one way. As we are trying to reduce the burden of homework and to make any time spent working outside class as effective as possible, we’re going to try Flip Thinking.
Essentially, your homework takes place before class and you complete only the objective 1 command terms (the bits you don’t need me for). With that out of the way and a foundation in the language and diagrams of the topic, we can focus on the more complex items together.
Come to class with the objective 1 command terms completed in the Essential Biology for Digestion (Core). I have highlighted them in yellow. This should take no more than one of your study periods. If it takes longer, stop and let me know how far you got, as well as how effectively you were working.
Come to classes prepared with your laptop and don’t forget the resources we have available.
Essential Biology 6.1 Digestion (Core)
Key question: How many links can you make from Digestion to the others topics we have already studied in IB Biology?
I cannot take credit for this idea. Check out these resources:
- Flip Thinking from John Burrell (Click4Biology)
- Eric Mazur’s Science education research group
- Flip Thinking from Daniel Pink
- The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn
If, however, you find that this helps or hinders your progress, be sure to let me know.
Nerves, Hormones and Homeostasis
The final topic for Standard Level (if you don’t need to go onto the Neurobio unit)
As usual, click on the shadowed images to see an animation.
– Essential Biology 6.5: Nerves, Hormones and Homeostasis
Introduction to the nervous system
Loads of useful resources from Neuroscience for Kids
Reflex arc animation from msjensen.
Nerve impulses: resting potential and action potential
Cool tutorial from the Harvey Project
McGraw Hill nerve impulse animation
Nice and simple from mrothery
Another good one from Alberta Psychology
Propagation on myelinated and non-myelinated nerves from Blackwell Publishing
Great animation from McGraw Hill
Good tutorial from Harvard Outreach
Another WHS Freeman tutorial (lifewire)
The Endocrine System
Good visual introduction from Delmar Learning
Really good animation – lots of info – from e-learning for kids
Tutorial and game from think-bank
Detailed tutorial from the University of New South Wales
Homeostasis in Newfoundland from Memorial University
Another good Freeman tutorial
Blood Glucose and Diabetes
Link to Neurobiology and Behaviour: E4 – Neurotransmitters and Synapses
Cool music video from the Stanford students- Put some ACh into it:
If you can understand that, you’re doing well…
The Transport System (Core)
The Transport System (Core)
Essential Biology 6.2: The Transport System (Core)
Click4Biology page here.
And loads of useful links from North Harris College.
The Cardiac Cycle:
Hyper Heart animation and graphs from the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Biointeractive from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Control of the Heart Beat:
A few good links to try from Washburn Rural High School
And don’t forget the Medmovie resource…
Atherosclerosis and Coronary Heart Disease:
Medmovie has good animations for atherosclerosis, heart attacks and heart bypass surgery. There aren’t many that are better…
Bio-Alive: a huge resource of animations and videos
Bio-Alive Biology and Life Sciences has a massive set of links to online tutorials, videos, animations, interactives, lectures and games. Huge. Loads.
One of the highlights has to be the video archive of surgical operations!
Follow these links for IB topic help:
Cells: animations – tutorials – virtual labs – lectures
Chemistry of Life: animations – tutorials – lectures
Genetics: animations – tutorials – virtual labs – lectures
Evolution: animations – tutorials – virtual labs – lectures
Or just visit their page for masses of links.