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During this tutorial, students will click their way through animations, review questions, and various diagrams to illustrate/animate the path that proteins travel from the nucleus until they are exported out of the cell in a unique and easy to follow manner.
Students will begin with an introduction to the nucleus of eukaryotic cells. They will then move onto the creation of proteins by the ribosome and the path the protein will travel until it exits the cell that it was made within. The tour takes students from the nucleolus, out the nucleus, along the Rough ER, to the Golgi Body, and from a vesicle to the cell membrane. The tutorial culminates with a review quiz to check for understanding.
From the student point of view, this sure beats a 30 minute lecture as it is much more engaging. From the teacher point of view, this beats a 30 minute lecture as it allows the students to be engaged with the pathway that proteins travel through a cell. This is not a simple PowerPoint presentation where students are shown bullet point main ideas. This PowerPoint is full of creative animations and probing questions that require a student generated answer in order to proceed.
I use these interactive tutorials as a way to introduce or reinforce the topic in question. I have found these tutorials to be very helpful as they allow the students to work at their own pace, go back to an early topic, or move forward. These tutorials were created with Microsoft PowerPoint so you don't have to worry about installing unfamiliar software such as Flash and Macromedia. If you do not have PowerPoint, Microsoft has a program called "PowerPoint viewer" that allows you to view a PowerPoint for free. You can download this program from Microsoft's website.
Once you download the $6 version, feel free to make multiple copies to use with your students. I burned a class set of CDs to use in my classroom. When we go to the computer lab to work on this tutorial, I simply pass out 1 CD to each student and they can then work at their own pace. I recollect the CDs when finished.
This download includes:
1) The interactive PowerPoint tutorial
2) Student worksheet (Word)
3) Student worksheet (pdf)