Teacher Review For HudsonAlpha iCell

Good 3-D visual of an animal, plant and bacteria cell.

Donna M.
Classroom teacher
Vista Visions Academy
Vista, CA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 2
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Great with General
Low literacy
How I Use It
This app is a good tool to review the components of an animal, plant and/or bacteria cell with students. While I do not use it as an integral part of a lesson, I have given an oral quiz, e.g. "Find the mitochondria," and then quickly walked around to see if students have identified the correct structure. Additionally, I have posted it on my class website as a review tool.
My Take
The graphics are good and students can rotate the cell to see it from various angles in 3-D. Students at all grade levels find this engaging. I like the fact that when students click on a structure, it becomes magnified and they can choose to read text about it at the basic, intermediate or advanced level. This allows it to be used at different grade levels and language proficiencies. Other than manipulating the cell and reading the text, there is nothing else for students to do. It would be great if there was more interactivity such as a quiz or comparisons among the cells