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Title of the Experience
Using animations in the classroom
Name of the teacher
M. Reyes Llácer Pérez
Country where it took place
School typology
High Secondary School
Thematic Area
Biology, Science
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
Biology classes include many theoretical and biochemical reactions or cycles concepts that students are forced to memorize and sometimes have a hard time understanding.
Lectures are useful for many concepts but in certain cases it is necessary to introduce the use of new technologies in the classroom to facilitate student learning. From the simplest concepts like mitosis to more complex such as phosphorylation or biochemical cycle can be studied through animations. These animations are helpful because students can quickly visualize the theoretical concepts just explained, greatly improving their understanding.
While classes in geology or earth sciences can also use lots of animations showing how the tectonic plates move, seismic waves, tsunami, atmospheric phenomena ...
Internet is a great resource, there are lots of animations for many concepts which can be easily accessed with a browser, simply putting the key words "animation and concept of study." Among all animations I highlight the great collection of animations McGrawHill, since it covers many topics.

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Date: 2014.09.30

Posted by Chiara Cheti (Italy)

I completely agree with this experience because the internet provides with a broad variety of scientific animations explaining, through images, complex concepts. The messages spread through the images strike the students and catch their attention.
I think that this kind of language is fundamental for didactic because youngest are used to these tools and because this is the unique way in order to use an attractive approach.
My direct experience in this field leads me to confirm the effectiveness of this method. However, obviously, it is necessary to follow this initial step with a more deepened one, but this last usually is not a problem.


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