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Tech in the Classroom:

The Interactive Ear
 

What is itThis is an interactive exploration of the outer, middle and inner ear models.

How does it work?  Accessed via the Amplifon Web site or by embedding the software code into a school, classroom or personal site or blog, users are presented with a detailed anatomical model of the human ear. Hovering over any of the numerous information points dotted across the models brings up scientific data about that particular part of the ear.

As users navigate through the models, the various parts of the ear shift and move to reveal more detailed views of those parts. Additionally, there is a navigation tool that, when activated, reveals the path sound takes from outer ear to the brain.

How hard is it to use? Not hard at all. The entire model features adequate instructions, but even if it didn’t, everything is very self-explanatory. There is very little to do in the way of making the models “work;” they perform their functions automatically after the user either hovers or makes a single click.

How well does it work? Very well. The controls are minimalistic, making the whole site easy to use.

How do I use it in the classroom? While this isn’t a medical school-quality model, it certainly covers the inner workings of the human ear in a way detailed enough for late elementary, middle-school or even high-school classrooms.

 

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Tech in the Classroom is a recurring feature that examines widely available technology, software and gadgets and how they might be used in a school setting.

 

Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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