Visual Anatomy

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Content-packed, interactive reference tool.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the names and functions of human organs and other structures, as well as terminology and locations related to surface anatomy. The diagrams help kids visualize locations of internal body structures, and being able to tap and read about a structure is extremely convenient. There's a lot of content for kids to learn, but most of it is nicely organized by body system. Kids can take multiple-choice quizzes to assess learning, but the quizzes contain numerous grammatical errors, which can be distracting. This interactive, content-rich reference tool is an excellent resource for kids studying human anatomy and physiology.

Ease of Play

Navigation is highly intuitive, content is thoughtfully organized, and the interactive features (tapping and zooming) are easy to use. 

Violence
Sex

Reproductive structures are included in illustrations and descriptions. 

Language
Consumerism

There is a large icon on the main screen with a direct link to the app store, which advertises several of the developer's other apps. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Visual Anatomy is a science resource that teaches kids about human anatomy and physiology. Kids tap on specific areas of body diagrams to learn names and functions of body parts, and they can rotate some diagrams for a 3-D view. The diagrams are colorful, detailed, and fairly realistic. Quizzes are available to assess learning, and there's a list of Gray's Anatomy images for easy reference. As is the case with most anatomy references, some diagrams include reproductive structures. 

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What's it about?

Visual Anatomy is a well-organized, easy-to-use reference tool. On the home screen are 17 categories of content. There also are tappable icons to send feedback and to access quizzes, the search engine, and the app store. Kids start by tapping on an icon to enter a body system or a specific structure such as the ear or eye. Then a diagram appears with interactive features, which are indicated with small pins. As kids tap each feature, its name appears and a short description pops up on the bottom or along the side of the screen. Kids also can rotate some of the diagrams and zoom in on features. There's a set of six quizzes with a total of 150 multiple-choice questions. Kids get a score when they finish a quiz, but the scores aren't stored or tracked.

Is it any good?

VISUAL ANATOMY is a content-rich resource for teaching kids about anatomy. The diagrams are realistic, and the tappable features make it easy to learn about the structure and function of the human body. The descriptions of the features appear at the bottom or to the right of the page, keeping the diagrams uncluttered. There also are more than 1,000 Gray's Anatomy images, which can be a valuable study aid for medical students. The quizzes could use some grammatical corrections, but overall, the app is a handy reference tool and contains a tremendous amount of content.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ways in which they use different organs and other anatomical structures in everyday life. Kids are more likely to remember what they learn if they can relate it to themselves. 

  • To help kids memorize the locations of different structures, have them sketch and label their own drawings. 

App details

For kids who love learning about science and health

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