Posted by Janet on February 8, 2008
One of the professors I TA for frequently uses videos and animations in his lectures, which I think is a great way to present dense information to students because it helps them visualize a concept right away and really stresses how dynamic cellular functions are. One of the links he sent me was http://www.molecularmovies.com/index.html. As the name implies, this site contains animations on various topics of molecular and cellular biology. The “showcase” page displays a list of screenshots with a description and a link to the movie. I just watched one about apoptosis by Drew Berry and that just sends chills up my spines. “The Inner Life of the Cell,” which I mentioned in a previous entry, can also be found on this page. In addition to the videos, there is a “learnings” page where you can download tutorials for modeling molecular and cellular structures in 3D softwares (mostly Maya).