Common Sense Review
Updated March 2015

A.D.A.M. Interactive Anatomy Online

Explore detailed images with powerful, customizable anatomy curriculum
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Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 5
  • A.D.A.M. Interactive Anatomy Online is a 3D visualization tool and curriculum about the human body.
  • A.D.A.M. provides a variety of tools to examine spatial relationships between parts of the body.
  • Dissectible Anatomy allows users to examine the body layer by layer.
  • Drag-and-drop assessments provide immediate feedback.
  • Students can email their scores to their instructor.
Assessments, digital dissection tools, and stellar 3-D viewing features help kids move beyond memorization.
A hefty subscription cost might deter some users.
Bottom Line
A stellar tool that tops other 3-D interactive anatomy sites with its extensive curriculum-building capabilities.
Emily Pohlonski
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 5
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

3-D interactive technology is easy to manipulate, giving students the power to view the body in their own way. Clear images and descriptions reduce the confusion and tedium sometimes associated with anatomy coursework.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 5

Students can move through the curriculum at their own pace. Teachers can modify the curriculum and tailor it specifically to their students’ needs.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

Five language options are available for labels and descriptions, and extensive reference material helps students see the clinical relevance of what they are learning.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

A.D.A.M. Interactive Anatomy Online Curriculum can be tailored for traditional, online, or blended classrooms. While the Directed Interactive Learning Paths allow users to work individually at their own pace, it's important to provide opportunities for students to make sense of the content together. A tool like A.D.A.M. lets teachers on a traditional schedule flip their classroom so that homework time can be spent learning the structures and functions of the body. Then teachers can make the most of their actual classroom time, letting kids work together to figure out how the systems and parts of the body interact. In addition to sharing their digital images, students could work in groups with large whiteboards to map out their conclusions and share with the rest of the class.

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What's It Like?

A.D.A.M. Interactive Anatomy Online is an anatomy curriculum development tool. Teachers can select and create assignments that allow students to manipulate 3-D images of the human body. The tool can also be used as a reference tool with a Multimedia Encyclopedia containing more than 3,000 3-D images and more than 3,900 articles. The 3-D Dissection tool is simply a way to digitally peel away the layers of anatomy. Human bodies are available in four different skin tones, as male or female, and with parts labeled in nine different languages. Users can create and share their own visualizations of the human body using the highlight, import, and export capabilities.

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Is It Good For Learning?

A.D.A.M. has all the features for exploring and learning about anatomy and physiology featured in other stellar tools like BioDigital Human and Zygote Body that have similar 3-D capabilities. This tool stands out, though: Beyond the interactive images, there's a full curriculum (based on Directed Interactive Learning Paths) that teachers can customize to their own course objectives and contexts. The included paths allow students to work independently at their own pace, and instructors can build on this massive amount of content (which focuses on everything from basic facts to clinical relevance) to create their own handouts, worksheets, or presentations. 

While the Lab Exercises are nothing more than simple drag-and-drop labeling assessments, they helpfully provide immediate feedback for users. It would be even better if there were a variety of assessment types that would let students dig even deeper. As it is, students can see how they did on each question and email their results to the instructor. While the site's subscription cost may seem expensive for teachers and/or students, it's worth considering the analogous cost of alternatives with similar classroom value: A physical model could cost upwards of $500, and this tool offers similar benefits plus assesssments, immediate feedback, and reference information. Overall, this is a pricey but high-value tool for the high school science classroom.

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