Common Sense Review
Updated August 2014

Visual Anatomy

Content-rich, clearly illustrated anatomy tool organized by body system
Common Sense Rating 3
  • Homescreen design is simple and easy to navigate.
  • Rotate images for a 3-D view.
  • Tap a feature to learn about its structure and function.
  • Contains more than 1,000 of Gray's anatomy diagrams.
  • Quizzes to assess learning have some grammatical errors.
Well-organized content and clear, detailed graphics make this reference tool very user-friendly.
Quizzes have grammatical errors and could use some editorial review.
Bottom Line
Interactive, content-rich reference tool is an excellent resource for kids studying human anatomy and physiology.
Debbie Gorrell
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

Learning anatomy is all about memorization, but kids will like rotating the 3-D images and tapping to learn the names and functions of organs and other structures. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

A tremendous amount of content is well organized by body systems. Quizzes can be used to assess learning. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Kids don't get much instruction, but it's not needed. Just tap and learn –- it's all at their fingertips. 

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How Can Teachers Use It?

This is a powerful tool for use in a middle school science or high school biology classroom. Younger kids could use it to study the basic organs within each body system, and older kids could use it as they study more detailed anatomy and physiology. If possible, use the app as instructional support as you teach lessons, guiding kids through the diagrams and tappable features. For example, while conducting a lesson about the nervous system, have kids work in small groups to explore different parts of the nervous system by tapping the features. Quizzes aren't categorized by body system or structure, so they might not be as useful for younger kids. Instead, have them create their own quizzes to share with the class. 

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What's It Like?

On the Visual Anatomy home screen, content is organized into 17 main categories. The page also features tappable icons to send feedback and to access quizzes, a search engine, and the app store. Kids start by tapping an icon to enter a body system or a specific structure, such as the ear or eye. Then a diagram appears with interactive features, which are indicated by small pins. As kids tap each feature, the name of the feature appears and a short description pops up at the bottom or along the side of the screen. Kids can also rotate some of the diagrams and zoom in on features. A set of six quizzes provides a total of 150 multiple-choice questions. Kids get a score when they finish a quiz, but scores are not stored or tracked. 

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Is It Good For Learning?

Visual Anatomy is a science resource that teaches kids about human anatomy and physiology. Kids can learn the names and functions of human organs and other structures, as well as terminology and locations related to surface anatomy. Diagrams help kids visualize locations of internal body structures, and being able to tap and read about a structure is extremely convenient. The app includes lots of content for kids to learn, but most of it is nicely organized by body system. Kids can take multiple-choice quizzes to assess learning, but quizzes contain numerous grammatical errors, which can be distracting. 

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