Animated biology to support understanding

In step 1.4 we provided a typical textbook diagram to help our explanation of osmosis. However, animations provide a valuable way to help students grasp biological concepts which involve movement over time.

Researchers have found that students are able to retain information better when animations were used in class and then during individual study (McClean, 2005).

This animation shows the movement of water through a whole plant as well as the movement of sugars. Each section of the plant can be magnified to see how the water is moving between cells.

To use this animation, click the buttons on the left. A video of this animation is also available (there is no sound in this video).

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

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How might you use an animation as part of a lesson?

In the comments below, share your ideas for where in the lesson you might use this animation, how you would use it and what activities you would use to support students’ learning.

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