How I Use It
I use it with PreK-2nd grade students when they have centers or free time to explore new apps. They love to see how different parts of the body work and watch what happens are changes as new variables are added, such as an playing an instrument or rotating a joint. Students were frustrated at times when they couldn't figure out how to navigate back to a part of the body they had seen before because of the different zoom functions and multiple app layers. Without having more guidance, they often got stuck and chose to just return to something they had seen before and knew how to work.
The Human Body app provides a great deal of information about how the human body works, the names of different body parts, and a breakdown of what each system (e.g., nervous system, skeletal system) looks like up close. I think it's a great teaching tool for students who have already had some exposure to the human body or for students who are looking to learn through play and open-ended exploration. I liked that the different parts responded to interaction via the device, for example if you're talking while exploring the ear, it will be repeated back as if the ear "heard" you and something similar happens with the eye. I also appreciate the ability to see what happens in various areas when food is put into the body, such as the teeth or the stomach. The ability to change the body's response based on whether it's standing, walking, or running is also valuable. I wish there was an introductory tutorial though and more audio prompts or instructions when you first change to a new body part or system because it can be very confusing for students to try and figure out what to do or even how to navigate the screen.