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BioDigital: 3D Human Visualization Platform for Anatomy and Disease

BioDigital: 3D Human Visualization Platform for Anatomy and Disease | technologies |
The BioDigital Human is a virtual 3D body that brings to life thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive Web-based platform
John Dalziel's insight:
BioDigital Human lets users check out every inch of the human body in a Google Maps-like interface. 
It’s a fascinating, detailed look at every nook and cranny of the male or female body, including... 
■ a bare-bones skeletal body, 
■ individual organs, 
■ muscles, 
■ veins and arteries, a fully fleshed out body. 
From a menu on the left, users can choose what system they want to look at (like the respiratory system or the cardiovascular system) and only that will be highlighted, along with a clear explanation of what it does. 
 In the same way, the “Conditions” tab highlights common ailments or medical procedures like an angioplasty or diabetic kidney problems, complete with a detailed explanation. 
NOTE: BioDigital Human has a premium version, but the free version will, for most users, be good enough.
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Planet Nutshell - Education Library

Planet Nutshell - Education Library | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Explore Planet Nutshell's Teacher Library for Educational Videos
Planet Nutshell have produced videos on...
   - Internet Safety,

   - Financial Aid,

   - Climate Science,

   - Health,

   - Mathematics, and

   - Physics.
NOTE: Target Audience is USA so Financial Aid uses US Dollars not £s
All of the education videos are available in one section of the site labelled Teacher Library.

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Virtual Juicing Assistant

Virtual Juicing Assistant | technologies |
Juice, Drink, Live. Get healthy with Budget Direct’s Simply Smarter Juicing interactive
John Dalziel's insight:

Juicing Assistant is an interesting site where visitors can combine different fruits into a blender and it will make a "virtual juice" for them.
At the start, users are given the nutritional value of each fruit (to be fair they are not all fruits), and when the juice has been made, it will give them the nutritional numbers, as well as show them other juice recipes they may like.

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BodyMaps: Explore the Human Anatomy in 3D

BodyMaps: Explore the Human Anatomy in 3D | technologies |
Learn about human anatomy, including organs, facts, and more with Human Body Maps, a free interactive tool. Explore 3D models of all human body systems.
John Dalziel's insight:

BodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D.
With easy-to-use navigation, users can search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works.
By offering rich, detailed anatomical images alongside links to relevant and useful health information, BodyMaps allows users to leam about their body and their health in a personalised and revolutionary new way.

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Body Mass Index (BMI) | HHMI's BioInteractive

Body Mass Index (BMI) | HHMI's BioInteractive | technologies |
This animation shows a comparison of the change in BMI for a given height and varying weights. It also shows why BMI is inaccurate for muscular people.
John Dalziel's insight:

This animation, one of many excellent resources on this website.

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Worldometers - real time world statistics

Worldometers - real time world statistics | technologies |
Live world statistics on population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health.
John Dalziel's insight:

Enables practitioners and/orlearners to view all kinds of global data.
Worldometers provides constantly updating statistics about a wide range of topics...
- World population
- Government & Economics

- Society & Media

- Environment
- Food
- Water

- Energy

- Health
...taken from a variety of online sources.
The site is both educational and awareness-raising and could be used in many ways.

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HealthMap | Global Health, Local Knowledge

HealthMap | Global Health, Local Knowledge | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Health Map is a real-time epidemic tracking application that is available as an iPhone and Android app as well as a website.
Those working in or training to work in Public health can use the information to monitor health issues around the world.
The information is collected from different sources like online discussions, publicly available datasets, health alerts, news aggregators etc.
Health workers and researchers can use the global or the local maps to study how outbreaks are occurring around the world.

Mirela Monte's curator insight, August 11, 2013 6:26 PM


Mirela Monte's comment, August 14, 2013 10:07 PM
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Motion Sickness - What is it?

Experiencing motion sickness is unpleasant and frustrating, but have you ever wondered what causes you to feel it?


This video from AsapSCIENCE explains what causes you to feel motion sickness and shows some ‘events’ you might avoid that can trigger it…

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Sworkit | technologies |

Sworkit takes all the work of planning a circuit training workout away. It randomly generates a workout for users.



-set the total workout time from five up to 60 minutes.

- choose the type of workout they require e.g. upper body, lower body, core strength, stretching and even some yoga sequences.

-once choosen Sworkit starts a timer with the exercises changing every 30 seconds.  


If users dont like any exercise, they can click the skip button to move on.


NOTE: 1: users can always visit the mobile version at

2: the JiTTs (Just in Time Tutorials) accessed via the Exercises Tab are a must for Sworkit users.

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Healthy Home Cooking

Healthy Home Cooking | technologies | has launched their website to allow users to find out exactly what the nutritional information of their food is.


The Nutrition Directory, Nutrition Lists and a convenient Measurement Converter, are examples of free tools that they offer, along with a large searchable database of nutritional information. alows users to search for nutritional information by ingredient name, calorie density or calorie ratio. Find foods that have a specific number of calories in each gram. Slide the ratio bars and find foods offering a certain percentage of calories from fat, protein and carbohydrates.'s database contains thousands of foods and ingredients for users to search and is a great way to find out what's in their food and/or find healthier alternative choices.

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Teaching Themes - Keeping Healthy

Teaching Themes - Keeping Healthy | technologies |

Find educational ideas, resources, videos and links, linked to the topics of the body, health and staying healthy.


The Keeping Healthy theme has over 100 teaching ideas, activities, display resources, videos and photos… all of which can be used to support teaching about healthy eating, the human body and exercise.


Ideal For Family Learning Practitioners.

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Action Tracker by We Are What We Do

Action Tracker by We Are What We Do | technologies |

All over the world there are workplaces & learning environments with all kinds of behaviour charts on display. Some for academic behaviors, others are for personal conduct.


We Are What We Do's Action Tracker...
- offers a behavior tracker of a slightly different nature;
- is a list of simple actions that anyone can do to make the world a better place;
- offers suggestions for improving the environment, making someone else's day better, or improving personal health.


Users can check in on the Action Tracker to mark their behaviours.


We Are What We Do also offers a "classroom section" that includes many resources for implementing the Action Tracker in learning environments; it includes videos, downloadable charts, and worksheets for learning environment use.

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What the World Eats

What the World Eats | technologies |
Daily diets vary considerably around the world.
John Dalziel's insight:

What the World Eats provides a "Comparison of Diets" of people around the world;
Infographics that can be used in health education, social studies education and more.
What the World Eats features a pie chart of six categories of food...
   - sugars & fats,
   - produce,
   - meat,
   - dairy & eggs,
   - grain, and
   - other.
By clicking on the pie chart...
   - users can see what percentage of the average person's diet is comprised of foods from each category.
   - users will be shown a comparison of diets across countries. e.g. they can compare the diets of people in China with those of people in the U.K.

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Awareness | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Awareness is a ‘personal assistant’ that helps both practitioners and their learners to be aware of the time they spent on the computer.
Are we all aware that...
   - computers, smartphones and tablets now play an essential part in our daily lives;
   - watching a screen for long hours, we might suffer some ill effects such as eye-strain, blur vision and headache and
   - over-staring at a screen can even cause users to experience sleep disorders?
By using Awareness, an on-line app that can help reduce digital eye fatigue and strain, every continuous hour practitioners and their learners spent on computer, will trigger the software to play a Tibetan singing bowl.
In addition to that, Awareness will also show the amount of time being spent on the computer, without a break, in the menu bar.
Note: the software will never force users to stop using the computer.
Awareness is available for both Windows and OS X

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CanvasMol | technologies |

Interactive 3D molecule viewer in HTML5. Works with PDB/MOL/SDF formats.

John Dalziel's insight:

Canvas Mol is a website that provides 3D, interactive, rotating models of simple and complex molecules.
Yes no need to spend time making 3D Models of Molecules (for them to often fall apart)
There are more than fifty models of relatively common molecules like glucose, fructose, and morphine.
Each model can be altered...
   - to show or not show bonds,
   - to show or not show individual atoms, and
   - to rotate on the X,Y, or Z axis.
Canvas Mol can be a great resource for STEM practitioners and learners.

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Arthur Family Health | PBS KIDS

Arthur Family Health | PBS KIDS | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Arthur Family Health is one for Family Learning, Initial Teacher Training and more.
Arthur Family Health is designed to help practitioners, learners and parents learn about common health challenges many people may face, including friends, course and/or work colleagues and many whom we meet in our day-to-day activities.
Through videos, games (online and offline), and data sheets visitors to Arthur Family Health can learn about...
   - asthma,
   - allergies,
   - nutrition,
   - fitness, and
   - resilience
e.g. Practitioners will find activities that will help all learners in their learning environments understand the considerations that need to be made for peanut allergies and asthma.

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The disease map

The disease map | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

I'm sure this will mean more to some practitioners, and learners, than it  does to me.
The Disease Map– visualises how human disorders are ‘positioned’ against each other in a population with respect to an individual biological organism.
To find out more, start by clicking on one of the coloured dots and/or
zoom in, or out.

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Local Cancer Statistics : Cancer Research UK

Local Cancer Statistics : Cancer Research UK | technologies |
Enter a location, local authority, postcode or constituency to compare statistics, information and intelligence about cancer across the UK
John Dalziel's insight:

This website provides lots of hard,reliable data about the prevalence and treatment of cancer in arears of the UK.
To view information just enter...
- a post code OR
- the name of any local or healthcare authority.
Users willbe provided with data that includes...
- average waiting times;
- incidence of different types of cancer per 100k people; and
- mortality figures.
Two areas can be selected and therefore compared.
Statistics are well presented and should prove useful to those training to be healthcare professionals as well as a source of data for Statistics etc.

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Ouch! The new game from the Science Museum where you wage war on pain!

Ouch! The new game from the Science Museum where you wage war on pain! | technologies |

Scientists have proven that mood levels affect how intensely people feel pain, and that spider venom could hold the key to future pain treatment.

All this and more is explored in a new game called OUCH, part of the Science Museum’s latest exhibition, Pain Less.


The game challenges players to inflict injuries on an unwitting protagonist.


Players then defend a pulsing brain against waves of pain signals using an arsenal of placebos, painkillers and spider venom.


The game’s a simple point and click game, providing a fun addition to a lesson about medicines and the body, and as a good discussion starter about the use of painkillers.

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Next Vista for Learning

Next Vista for Learning | technologies | believes learning is stronger when it starts with an engaging introduction of each topic.


With practitioners and learners from all over the world contributing content, it will get easier and easier to find the presentation a learner needs to say, "I get it."


The library resources are available for free to anyone at any time, learners are able to learn when they are most ready to do so.


For practitioners, the available videos can be used in the classroom to generate discussion, or even when planning lessons to generate ideas.


Subject areas include...

- Careers
- Health and Fitness
- History and Culture
- Inspiration and Creativity
- Literature and Writing
- Maths
- Performing Arts
- Science
- Technology
- Visual Arts
- World Languages

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The Most Common Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them

The Most Common Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them | technologies |
Are you a runner? Yes. Have you been injured? Probably.


Learn about the most common running injuries and how to help stop them in their tracks (or trails).


Most injuries are caused by overuse — applying repeated force over a prolonged period of time. Sudden changes in training volume, whether a newbie or a vet, can also do some damage.


This resource covers 12 of the most common ailments that plague those who hit the pavement, along with a few ways to stop the pain.

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Be The Beat

The American Heart Association teaches learners the basic steps of CPR and how to use an AED, with games, music and videos, plus loads of cool prizes to make learning fun and rewarding!


Using On Be the Beat, learners can explore the heart, view a healthy vs unhealthy heart and perform virtual CPR during a cardiac arrest. The interactives have extremely life-like graphics and can be manipulated to view the heart under a variety of circumstances.


The CPR simulation is excellent.

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be.macmillan - Work and cancer

be.macmillan - Work and cancer | technologies |
Work and cancer...


BE.Macmillan has brought out a new toolkit for employers to help them better support people with cancer.


The Work and Cancer Toolkit...
     - features an employer's guide produced in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
     - is designed to give employers...
          - a better understanding of the physical, emotional and financial impact of a cancer diagnosis,
          - practical guidance on how to manage employees with cancer and

          - information on how people with cancer are protected by the Equality Act.
- is free,
- can be ordered from be.macmillan's website.

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Bikehub | technologies |
* is a joint initiative of the Bicycle Association and the Association of Cycle Traders via the Bike Hub levy scheme;
* hosts a number of resources for learning providers including...
o Health & Fitness;
o Bike to Work;
o Family Cycling and
o Advocasy.
* includes a Cycle Route Finder that allows users to put in both Start and Destination and then provides an opportunity to select one of the following options...
o Fastest route;
o Balanced route; or
o Quietest route
The video clips hosted on BikeHub also provide a useful resource for learning providers.
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