Mighty Mitosis Lab
Type of technology: App
SAMR Model Rating: Redefinition
Grade level: 7th Grade
Subject area: Science (Life Science/Biology)
Description of the lesson taught:
**Note: Even though the following lesson was created for a 7th Grade Life Science class, it can be modified for a high school biology class or used as a model example of how to incorporate a true technology lesson into the classroom. In this lesson, students spent three days working at their own pace learning about Mitosis. Click here to download the student worksheet: Mighty Mitosis Lab
Day 1: Students watch and listen to an animation of each step of Mitosis. What I loved about this task, is that the students get to participate and interact with the animation by completing an action. For example, in prometaphase students have to physically attach the spindle fibers to the chromosomes. The students had a blast with this (Explore) task because it was like a game (plus they were learning!)
Day 2: Students watch and answer questions about two videos of real life mitosis.
After they watch the videos, they record some key vocabulary used throughout the three day lesson by using the glossary.
Day 3: Students take an interactive quiz (similar to the Explore task) and email the results to the teacher.
Overall, both the students and I loved this “Apptivity Lab.” The students enjoyed it because it seemed more like a game or watching a video to them. I enjoyed it because the students worked at their own pace and if they did not understand a specific word or phase of mitosis, they could replay the video or redo the animation.