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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that BioDigital Human is a truly amazing website that allows you to virtually explore the inner workings of the human body with ease. Basic membership is free and will work for most middle and high school kids, though those taking advanced anatomy and physiology courses might consider the additional premium membership. This gives users access to interactive quizzes, virtual dissections, and medical procedure guides. BioDigital Human works best on a computer with a mouse containing a scroll wheel. It's highly realistic and may be too complex for younger kids, but it's an incredible learning tool second only to the real thing.
What's it about?
BioDigital Human is a website that offers a dramatic, virtual 3-D simulation of the human body. It can be used to explore human anatomy as well as teaching about various health conditions. It's a great tool for learners ranging from middle school kids fascinated with the human body to medical students (there's also a professional version for actual doctors to use).
You can zoom in and out and enter the various layers of each anatomical animation with a few clicks of a mouse. Descriptions are provided in combination with interactive visualizations of hundreds of health conditions. For example, click on the lung's right superior lobe and get a pop-up window filled with information, or listen to an audio segment about breathing.
Is it any good?
This amazing body-visualization platform offers unprecedented access to the human body, for free. While middle school and high schoolers should be satisfied with the free version, anatomy buffs or future doctors may find the premium tools very helpful. The ability to annotate, personalize, and save items will move anatomy studies beyond simple memorization onto another level: a clearer understanding of the human body.
It's really a sight to behold, and kids can engage with and make sense of the body in their own way; with this site, their learning will last longer than it will with the traditional "memorize and dump" post-test. Kids also can bookmark, save, and share their personalized visualizations, letting them build understanding together. Interactive quizzes allow them to manipulate an image and look at it from all angles before attempting to identify a part.
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