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posted Jan 9, 2011, 10:17 PM by Katie Day   [ updated Jan 11, 2011, 10:41 PM ]
Be a smart searcher....  Go to the Research Center and watch the Commoncraft video "Searching in Plain English" to learn some tricks about searching Google.


Want to explore the human body?  Here are six websites that let you have virtual tours.

1)  Google Body Browser
Think GoogleEarth for the human body....
Note, however, that you can only run this on certain browser/versions.  Try it -- and it will tell you if the version you're running isn't the right one (and if you can (e.g., if you have the right permissions on the device you're using), you can click to upgrade.

2)  MEDtropolis
The interactive website aims to educate entertain both kids and adult on bodily health; understanding the human anatomical structure is just part of the process. The Virtual Body takes you on four tours – The Human Brain, Skeleton, Human Heart, and Digestive Tract. Then there are some cool standalone tours within each.

For instance, check out the narrated tours on Virtual Body. There’s a game on the skeleton thrown in too that’s sure to make you rote up on the facts as you ‘build’ your skeleton. Also, don’t miss the animated heart section."

3)  eSkeletons
eSkeletons isn’t only about understanding human anatomy. It is an interactive comparative tool that enables a student to view the bones of both human and non-human primates and to learn more about them from the site’s anatomical database. The views are powered by QuickTime and JavaScript. Selecting the human skeleton on the homepage starts the anatomical study. A mouseover on the skeleton selects a specific bone for a closer look. You can look into things like morphology and articulations. A QuickTime movie gives a 3D view of the specific skeletal part. eSkeletons is an University of Texas initiative."

" comes with an interactive interface that comes with four angles of view allowing you to browse through more than 1,200 annotated anatomy images. A clickable menu on the left displays the specific body part on the right. The human body tour also gives you an insight into the physiological and pathological makeup of our bodies."

5)  BBC Science: Human Mind & Body
The BBC’s webpage is a resource rich place to discover and play interactive games while learning all about the human body. The games include – Senses challenge, Organs Game, Skeleton Game, Muscle Game, and Nervous System Game. The games are superbly designed and mostly involve dropping a body part onto a human figure."

6) Artificial Anatomy
This one is not a fully fledged anatomical course, but a cool and short 10 question quiz on different body parts. It is a Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History resource. With a mouse rollover you have to match the thumbnail with its location on the skeletal structure named ‘Jerome’. You can also turn Jerome around for another view. ‘Jerome’ is actually a papier-mâché anatomical model preserved in the institute."

Website descriptions taken from

Websites about the Human Body

Teachers: click here to check who has entered what so far....  These links will be transferred to the Diigo Grade 4 group -- and students will be able to add directly to that group or to log good websites via this form.... (whichever they find easiest)