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Pandemic 2: Disease Mutation Game - Wipe Out Humanity | Free Online Games | Disease

Pandemic 2: Disease Mutation Game - Wipe Out Humanity | Free Online Games | Disease | Evolution | Scoop.it
In the Pandemic 2 disease game, mutate a virus, bacteria or parasite to kill mankind. Includes tips and cheats below game.
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Games play an integral part in teenagers’ life. Pandemic 2 is a disease mutation game. The player has a choice to pick a disease, an organism (bacteria, virus or parasite) and method which they want to spread the disease. Students also get a chance to evolve their viral and/or bacterial strain. This is an interactive game for students that teachers could encourage students to play at home. Instead of providing the students with typical homework involving writing and/or reading. To spice things up, the teacher could set this game as their homework. This game can be seen an educational game as it cover the concept of evolution and also another topic, diseases. Students get to be involved in evolving their diseases. However, students have to know the external factors that would influence the evolution. Furthermore, students also learn the integral part time plays in evolution. This interactive game indirectly helps understand the basic idea behind evolution. This is a good educational game for students with low interest in science.
A major strength of this interactive game is that it is fun and engaging. Students are learning without them even realizing. The game covers two different topics and enforces more scientific terms such as bacteria, virus, parasite, evolution and mutations. These are few key organisms involved in evolution as well. Furthermore, the game is free and students can play in their own time. ESL students may find this task easier as it involves less reading and more learning through playing.
However, few parents may not see the educational side of this game and find it too violent for their child. Some students may not have access to the internet, thus their child would be able to play. Even though it is a fun task set as homework, due to its nature, students may not take it seriously. It would be difficult for the teacher to know whether the student had completed the task or not. ESL students will be required to read the basic instructions at the beginning and this may hinder them from understanding the rules of the game.
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Viven Patel's comment, November 13, 2013 10:26 AM
Games play an integral part in teenagers’ life. Pandemic 2 is a disease mutation game. The player has a choice to pick a disease, an organism (bacteria, virus or parasite) and method which they want to spread the disease. Students also get a chance to evolve their viral and/or bacterial strain. This is an interactive game for students that teachers could encourage students to play at home. Instead of providing the students with typical homework involving writing and/or reading. To spice things up, the teacher could set this game as their homework. This game can be seen an educational game as it cover the concept of evolution and also another topic, diseases. Students get to be involved in evolving their diseases. However, students have to know the external factors that would influence the evolution. Furthermore, students also learn the integral part time plays in evolution. This interactive game indirectly helps understand the basic idea behind evolution. This is a good educational game for students with low interest in science.<br>A major strength of this interactive game is that it is fun and engaging. Students are learning without them even realizing. The game covers two different topics and enforces more scientific terms such as bacteria, virus, parasite, evolution and mutations. These are few key organisms involved in evolution as well. Furthermore, the game is free and students can play in their own time. ESL students may find this task easier as it involves less reading and more learning through playing.<br>However, few parents may not see the educational side of this game and find it too violent for their child. Some students may not have access to the internet, thus their child would be able to play. Even though it is a fun task set as homework, due to its nature, students may not take it seriously. It would be difficult for the teacher to know whether the student had completed the task or not. ESL students will be required to read the basic instructions at the beginning and this may hinder them from understanding the rules of the game.
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The Evolutionary Errors of X-Men : Scientific American

The Evolutionary Errors of X-Men : Scientific American | Evolution | Scoop.it
Please, Magneto, stop blaming evolution for your anger issues
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Teenagers love watching movies such as X-men. As a matter a fact, anything involving super heros would fasten their attention. For a teacher, these movies or the concept of super heroes would be a beneficial resource to teach science. Movies such as X-men portray human evolution incorrectly. In the topic are of evolution and genetic mutations, these movies could be appropriately be discussed. This particular article describes the evolutionary errors of X-men. Teachers could get the students to scientifically analyze these films and look at how many evolutionary errors these movies have made with justifications. This require students to use the knowledge learnt and apply. Students get to relate their scientific knowledge to real world and/or their interest. Students have to critically think to be able to extract as many errors as they can. In addition, this article would be a particular interest to advanced students. If the advanced students have completed their task, provide this article to the students accompanied by a small task for the remaining amount of time.
This article would engage the students as it correlates their learning to their interest. Furthermore, children are bombarded with false information through media on daily basis. This activity and article would get students to question aspects of media such as movies based on their knowledge. They get to be a real scientist. A task like this would connects the students learning to a real world issue and give them a purpose of learning in depth. Couple of advanced students may want to conduct further research in depth for their interest. It encourages students to scientifically analyze and criticize their surroundings. The article also uses few evolutionary keywords that students need to understand. Furthermore, it provides a little history on human evolution.
However, certain teachers may find students to go off topic very quickly. Furthermore, not all students’ interest involve superheroes. These students may find the article disengaging. ESL students may struggle to understand due to the content written in higher level of English. These students may require a glossary of definitions with difficult words in the article. Due to its difficulty in reading, these students would be disengage very quickly and potentially go off topic.
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Viven Patel's comment, October 29, 2013 7:51 PM
Teenagers love watching movies such as X-men. As a matter a fact, anything involving super heros would fasten their attention. For a teacher, these movies or the concept of super heroes would be a beneficial resource to teach science. Movies such as X-men portray human evolution incorrectly. In the topic are of evolution and genetic mutations, these movies could be appropriately be discussed. This particular article describes the evolutionary errors of X-men. Teachers could get the students to scientifically analyze these films and look at how many evolutionary errors these movies have made with justifications. This require students to use the knowledge learnt and apply. Students get to relate their scientific knowledge to real world and/or their interest. Students have to critically think to be able to extract as many errors as they can. In addition, this article would be a particular interest to advanced students. If the advanced students have completed their task, provide this article to the students accompanied by a small task for the remaining amount of time.<br>This article would engage the students as it correlates their learning to their interest. Furthermore, children are bombarded with false information through media on daily basis. This activity and article would get students to question aspects of media such as movies based on their knowledge. They get to be a real scientist. A task like this would connects the students learning to a real world issue and give them a purpose of learning in depth. Couple of advanced students may want to conduct further research in depth for their interest. It encourages students to scientifically analyze and criticize their surroundings. The article also uses few evolutionary keywords that students need to understand. Furthermore, it provides a little history on human evolution.<br>However, certain teachers may find students to go off topic very quickly. Furthermore, not all students’ interest involve superheroes. These students may find the article disengaging. ESL students may struggle to understand due to the content written in higher level of English. These students may require a glossary of definitions with difficult words in the article. Due to its difficulty in reading, these students would be disengage very quickly and potentially go off topic.
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Evolution: Darwin: An Origin of Species

Evolution: Darwin: An Origin of Species | Evolution | Scoop.it
A demonstration of how a new species can evolve.
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This online interactive activity demonstrates how Charles Darwin came across the theory of evolution. As part of the syllabus, students are meant to know how Darwin used Finches to derive the theory of Evolution. This interactive activity places the students in Darwin’s shoes and drives them through the process of how Darwin derived the theory. Students are given different scenarios and they can visualize the evolution of finches over time based on their new habitats. Students are provided with information on food source & predators and they must predict how the beaks will evolve. Students learn to solve problems based on new clues given to them. This activity could be followed by a Darwin’s finches’ class activity. Each student in a group pretend to be a bird with different type of beak (Chopstick, spoon, toothpick and pegs). Students have to pick up as much food they can with their beaks in 30s and compare.


One of the strengths of this activity is that it is interactive, fun and engaging. Instead of just learning about Darwin’s theory from the text book or class discussions, students are able to visualize the evolution taking place over time. This activity also provides the students the concept of time in million years. Students have learnt the theory in class but with this activity, students get to pretend to be Darwin and see Evolution through their eyes. It significantly aids students in deepening their understanding. Furthermore, after playing this activity students are more likely to remember the basic concept of evolution for a longer period of time. One major weakness of this activity is that it is long. This may cause some students to lose interest after a while. Once the students gain the concept behind the game, they may find it repetitive. However, by the time students lose the interest, they would have learnt the basic idea and would have gained some level of understanding on Darwin’s theory.
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Viven Patel's comment, October 28, 2013 10:41 PM
This online interactive activity demonstrates how Charles Darwin came across the theory of evolution. As part of the syllabus, students are meant to know how Darwin used Finches to derive the theory of Evolution. This interactive activity places the students in Darwin’s shoes and drives them through the process of how Darwin derived the theory. Students are given different scenarios and they can visualize the evolution of finches over time based on their new habitats. Students are provided with information on food source & predators and they must predict how the beaks will evolve. Students learn to solve problems based on new clues given to them. This activity could be followed by a Darwin’s finches’ class activity. Each student in a group pretend to be a bird with different type of beak (Chopstick, spoon, toothpick and pegs). Students have to pick up as much food they can with their beaks in 30s and compare.<br><br><br>One of the strengths of this activity is that it is interactive, fun and engaging. Instead of just learning about Darwin’s theory from the text book or class discussions, students are able to visualize the evolution taking place over time. This activity also provides the students the concept of time in million years. Students have learnt the theory in class but with this activity, students get to pretend to be Darwin and see Evolution through their eyes. It significantly aids students in deepening their understanding. Furthermore, after playing this activity students are more likely to remember the basic concept of evolution for a longer period of time. One major weakness of this activity is that it is long. This may cause some students to lose interest after a while. Once the students gain the concept behind the game, they may find it repetitive. However, by the time students lose the interest, they would have learnt the basic idea and would have gained some level of understanding on Darwin’s theory. <br>
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What is Evolution?

Evolution is often considered a complex and controversial topic but it's actually a very simple concept to understand. Watch this short animation to see how ...
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Different students have different methods of learning. Some students prefer reading the content directly from textbooks, some students learn from teachers and some through activities that relate to the topic. However, this video is a good summary on basics of evolution. It covers the definition of evolution, basic factors responsible for evolution, and the evolutionary tree. This is a great video to be played in class for students after the basics of evolution is covered. This is more visual and audio based learning. With this video, students can be provided with a worksheet to fill out. Furthermore, a teacher could pause the video and direct questions to the class. Once the class have discussed the answer, the teacher could reveal the answer by playing the video. It is a good technique to use a video for educational purpose. Certain students learn from documentaries and playing videos such as this enhances their understanding. In addition, students can also watch this video at home in their own pace. Teachers could also provide a worksheet based on the topic and the video.
The narrator of this video narrates clearly with an easy accent to understand and at a very good pace. The ESL students would find it easy to follow the content. Furthermore, there are plenty of pictures and animations in correlation with the information narrated. The information is provided simplistically and clearly. This is a good video for students who might be struggling to understand the concept of evolution. There is repetitiveness of information throughout the video which enforces their understanding.
The downside of this video is that it is approximately 9 minutes long. Students may lose their engagement after 5 minutes. Certain information is been repeated several times which may cause more advanced students to be disengaged. Furthermore, the simplicity of the video may disengage the advance students. There is no challenge. It is essential to provide worksheets or commence a class discussion with the video to ensure engagement and good level of understanding.
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Viven Patel's comment, October 29, 2013 12:53 AM
Different students have different methods of learning. Some students prefer reading the content directly from textbooks, some students learn from teachers and some through activities that relate to the topic. However, this video is a good summary on basics of evolution. It covers the definition of evolution, basic factors responsible for evolution, and the evolutionary tree. This is a great video to be played in class for students after the basics of evolution is covered. This is more visual and audio based learning. With this video, students can be provided with a worksheet to fill out. Furthermore, a teacher could pause the video and direct questions to the class. Once the class have discussed the answer, the teacher could reveal the answer by playing the video. It is a good technique to use a video for educational purpose. Certain students learn from documentaries and playing videos such as this enhances their understanding. In addition, students can also watch this video at home in their own pace. Teachers could also provide a worksheet based on the topic and the video.<br>The narrator of this video narrates clearly with an easy accent to understand and at a very good pace. The ESL students would find it easy to follow the content. Furthermore, there are plenty of pictures and animations in correlation with the information narrated. The information is provided simplistically and clearly. This is a good video for students who might be struggling to understand the concept of evolution. There is repetitiveness of information throughout the video which enforces their understanding.<br>The downside of this video is that it is approximately 9 minutes long. Students may lose their engagement after 5 minutes. Certain information is been repeated several times which may cause more advanced students to be disengaged. Furthermore, the simplicity of the video may disengage the advance students. There is no challenge. It is essential to provide worksheets or commence a class discussion with the video to ensure engagement and good level of understanding.
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A look at future Human evolution, what we might look like and how we have already changed.

The future of human beings Homo sapiens, the name for you, myself and ever human being that exists on our planet, we evolved from Africa about 200,000 years ...
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Humans began evolving 200,000 years ago. Are humans still evolving? If so, how might we evolve in the future? After learning about the theory of evolution and human evolution, students find future of human evolution intriguing. This video provides students an example of how humans may look like in the future due to evolution. Furthermore, it provides justification on their prediction. This video can be used as a conclusion to a class. Before showing the video, students are required to predict how humans would evolve with a good justification. Students use the knowledge they have consumed thus far and apply it to a high order thinking. Students work in pairs and can even draw future humans. As a class you discuss the predictions and follow it by playing the video. Students will learn that there is no right or wrong answer as external factors has a major influence on evolution. External factors are difficult to predict for next thousand years or beyond.
This activity involves higher order thinking. Students are asked to base their predictions on their understanding of evolution thus far. Furthermore, this topic can be debatable and induce a good class discussion. As there is no precise right or wrong answer, each student is able to be scientifically creative in their thinking. This is a good SHE topic to conduct in class. If there is time, students could do a research project on this topic as a group or a proper debate can be conducted in the class.
With this video and activity, students may go slightly off topic e.g. future humans having superpowers. However, this topic allows students to go a little of topic as long as they can justify their predictions. This topic may offend religious students hence it is necessary to handle it appropriately. Students who do not believe in evolution should also be given a chance to justify their reasoning but scientifically. Class discussions may go out of control, hence it is essential to plan the activity in advance. This particular topic is not part of the syllabus, however it does involve students to use information and knowledge learnt thus far. It is more research and application based.
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Viven Patel's comment, October 28, 2013 11:10 PM
Humans began evolving 200,000 years ago. Are humans still evolving? If so, how might we evolve in the future? After learning about the theory of evolution and human evolution, students find future of human evolution intriguing. This video provides students an example of how humans may look like in the future due to evolution. Furthermore, it provides justification on their prediction. This video can be used as a conclusion to a class. Before showing the video, students are required to predict how humans would evolve with a good justification. Students use the knowledge they have consumed thus far and apply it to a high order thinking. Students work in pairs and can even draw future humans. As a class you discuss the predictions and follow it by playing the video. Students will learn that there is no right or wrong answer as external factors has a major influence on evolution. External factors are difficult to predict for next thousand years or beyond.<br>This activity involves higher order thinking. Students are asked to base their predictions on their understanding of evolution thus far. Furthermore, this topic can be debatable and induce a good class discussion. As there is no precise right or wrong answer, each student is able to be scientifically creative in their thinking. This is a good SHE topic to conduct in class. If there is time, students could do a research project on this topic as a group or a proper debate can be conducted in the class.<br>With this video and activity, students may go slightly off topic e.g. future humans having superpowers. However, this topic allows students to go a little of topic as long as they can justify their predictions. This topic may offend religious students hence it is necessary to handle it appropriately. Students who do not believe in evolution should also be given a chance to justify their reasoning but scientifically. Class discussions may go out of control, hence it is essential to plan the activity in advance. This particular topic is not part of the syllabus, however it does involve students to use information and knowledge learnt thus far. It is more research and application based.