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ERIC Number: EJ796398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Using Animations to Teach Biology: Past & Future Research on the Attributes that Underlie Pedagogically Sound Animations
O'Day, Danton H.
American Biology Teacher, v70 n5 p274-278 May 2008
The most effective teachers use a diversity of methods and approaches to assist their students in the learning process. Multiple technical resources (commonly referred to as multimedia) are currently used by many instructors to communicate difficult topics and concepts to their students in meaningful ways. The issue that arises is not only how to use the various multimedia but how to use them effectively. One area of rapid development is in the area of short instructional animations that can be used in class or made available online. An extensive literature exists on the value of animations in teaching in many different disciplines, but studies in biology are few. Various sources have shown that animations are more effective than static sequential images. In this article, the author evaluates how animations can be and have been used as effective teaching and learning tools in biology and what more needs to be done to understand their true value. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Dakota