What is the best way to create engaging and memorable lessons about the human body? Animal hearts and technology!
As we began planning our human body unit, we questioned how we could make teleconferencing a hands-on activity. Thus the "Nearpod, Heart, Zoom" endeavor was born.
The concept is rather simple. We used Nearpod as the basis of the technological component. Students participated in a Virtual Reality Field Trip to an operating room to gain a visual of what it might be like to participate in heart surgery. From there, student interacted with a 3D model of the nervous system. From there came the meat and potatoes of the lesson. Touching, squeezing, exploring, pulling, and experiencing a sheep's heart.
With the intent of documenting the experience along with taking a picture of the heart and labeling it within the drawing section of Nearpod, students took full ownership of their learning that day.
The best part? Our girls were the most eager to participate in the hands-on experience.
To culminate the lesson, students discussed their observations through Zoom teleconferencing.