BioDigital Human

Common Sense Media says

Explore the vast human body with outstanding anatomy tool.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The clarity of this site can give kids a real understanding of how the human body works. 

Violence

Some images of the human body and disease states may appear graphic and scary to younger children.

Sex

Users can examine the reproductive system for both the male and female body.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids can view publicly shared human-body animations with notes from other users, but the site overall is used for scientific and medical discussion only. 

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • memorization

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Clear, interactive images really draw users in, and the highly realistic design is beautiful. Endless combinations of systems and body parts will keep kids coming back for more.

Learning Approach

Kids are given absolute control of their learning; they can manipulate and annotate the body in the way that most makes sense to them. 

Support

Interactive quizzes give kids scores as they progress. A public space provides an online community for users to share saved visualizations and quizzes.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • memorization

Kids can learn about the the parts and systems of the human body. BioDigital Human lets them explore individual structures in detail or examine how the systems work together with visuals, text, and video. Human disease animations allow kids to see the hundreds of ways the body is affected by illness. As they make discoveries, kids also will learn research skills that they can use throughout their studies. BioDigital Human is an incredible tool for seamless virtual exploration of the human body.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about ways to manage our own health. How do the choices that you make everyday impact the way your body works?

  • Families also can talk about partnering with healthcare professionals. What questions can you ask your doctor during a checkup? 

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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