Teacher Review for Build-a-Cell

Well developed visual graphics of cell organelles with concise yet detailed explanation of functions

James L.
Educator
Westwood High School
Mesa, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I used Create a Cell as a review activity to re-enforce student learning. I had students draw each organelle and answer guiding questions about each to ensure all students would filter out the same content. If students were asked only to interact with this website activity, it would not be as mentally engaging. The case studies would be useful for higher level thinking and deeper learning.
My Take
Overall, I thought the Build-a-Cell site is a useful resource for students initial contact with the information... much like slide notes. The site allows students to interact with the content in a systematic, meaningful way that takes them on a journey through a cell. Using good instructional pedagogy along with this resource can make this a very useful learning tool.