Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2014
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Visual Anatomy

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Content-rich, clearly illustrated anatomy tool organized by body system

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • Science

Skills
  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
9–12
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Pros: Well-organized content and clear, detailed graphics make this reference tool very user-friendly.

Cons: 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.

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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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. 

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. 

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

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?

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?

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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Michelle B. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Cabell County Career Technology Center
Huntington, United States
Great illustrations and explicit detail but needs more interaction
I think the application is overall a great idea, but needs more engaging features to help students learn. The simplicity of the engagement activities could cause students to lose interest quickly. The only learning a student can portray here is rote. Clicking on plus signs over and over again to commit to long-term memory can cause students to lose focus quickly. Games or timed activities might enhance this program. The illustrations are wonderful and very detailed. The 3D images are nice and ...
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