Using a computer animation to teach high school molecular biology

We present an active way to use a computer animation in secondary molecular genetics science class. For this purpose we developed an activity booklet that helps students to work interactively with a computer animation which deals with abstract concepts and processes in molecular biology, facilitating differentiation and inclusion. The achievements of the experimental group were compared with those of a control group by means of a written questionnaire, which the students received right after the molecular genetics instruction. Analysis of the post-test showed that the mean score of the experimental group was significantly higher than the mean score of the control group. This positive trend was also reflected in personal interviews.

Rotbain, Y., Marbach-Ad, G., & Stavy, R.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, Vol. 17(1), 49-58.
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life science
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