Site of the Day
Brief Description of the Site:
Ask your students: â€œOn a perfectly still day can a plant move?â€ Most will probably say â€œNo!â€ Then show them any of this siteâ€™s time-lapse movies (in QuickTime format) demonstrating seeds germinating, plants responding to light, flowers opening, etc. Created by a biologist at Indiana University, the site demonstrates wonders that the ordinary person could never hope to observe, unless s/he were to watch the plants for hours on end. In support of the wonderful movie clips are well-explained and thorough scientific explanations of what exactly we are watching. There is also a guide for anyone interested in attempting time-lapse photography.
How to use the site:
Teachers of biology/life-science/botany at any level will appreciate this site, for it demonstrates true wonders of nature. The explanations are excellent, but as they are on a college level it would be best to adapt them to your studentsâ€™ level of sophistication. Despite that, only the most jaded student could fail to respond to some of the â€˜little miraclesâ€™ shown in these film clips. They have a strong â€˜wowâ€™ factor and can be used either pre- or post-teaching of a particular topic. Also some teachers might want to use the time-lapse tutorial to get their classes involved in a similar venture.