Learning is Fun!

I’ve always been fascinated by how the body works and so I really enjoyed studying anatomy and physiology as a physiotherapy student many moons ago. An Irish company has now come up with a novel way to visualize how the human body works. Learning has never been so much fun!

An award-winning Interactive Media Design company, eMedia in Galway (creators of the excellent Pocket Heart app) have developed a brilliant new web app, Pocket Body which brings science to life.

Pocket Body is a novel way to visualize how the human body works, in 3D. The information is presented in an interactive, mobile and accessible format which will help biology students, healthcare professionals and the general public, in visualizing the complexities of the human body. It contains a learning programme with a built-in quiz as a self-test capability, to assist in learning and exam preparation. It also has potential for use in patient education.

So, whether you’re a student needing to learn, understand and memorize all of the anatomical features and functions of the human body, or a health care professional looking for a novel way of communicating a diagnosis or procedure to a patient, colleague or trainee, this creative new software will facilitate you…

Pocket Body will be available on the Apple platform for the iPod, iPhone, iTouch and the new iPads. It costs between €11.65 and €15.50.

While researching this post, I came across a great website The Frog Blog which has been created by two science teachers at St. Columba’s College, Dublin and provides a brilliant online resource for the promotion of science. The blog is frequently updated with science news stories from all over the world and contains a wide range of articles in a wide variety of subjects, from astronomy to technology to zoology.

The Frog Blog has been nominated for an Irish Web Award in the Best Education and Third Level Website category. Good luck guys!

The Irish Web Awards 2010 take place at the Mansion House in Dublin, on 16th October, 2010.

8 Responses to Learning is Fun!

  1. Grannymar says:

    Sounds very interesting.

  2. Annb says:

    What a great idea this could shorten the hours spent pouring over the original Grey’s Anatomy (the text book not the TV show). Nice to see such innovation coming out of the Wild West!

    • Steph says:

      Ann – Impressive stuff, isn’t it? I reckon the sky’s the limit as to what will be possible with online resources in years to come.

      I still have my (very heavy) copy of Grey’s Anatomy as I can’t bear to part with it having used it like a ‘Bible’ during my student years. I’d love to have had access to today’s technology as a student.

  3. Annb says:

    It’s mad Steph having returned to college many years later, I was so struck at how easy the access to information was – instead of having to get on my bike and hike into the library to find a book which even if it was on the shelf may have had the relevant pages ripped out – all I had to do was google the topic and ‘bingo’ the information came to me – I was seriously impressed! You gotta love technology!!

    • Steph says:

      Ann – When I went back to college some years ago as a (very) mature student, I remember reveling in the joy of discovering that I could renew college library books online from the comfort of my own home. And as you say, Google is a great way to access the basics on stuff when it comes to getting those assignments in on time!

      Here’s a link to a great article by Chris Horn about education and the internet. I spotted it in Innovation (the Irish Times Business Mag) recently…

      http://chrisjhorn.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/whither-irish-education/#more-488

      Consider it your homework! 😉

  4. Achelois says:

    After my latest post, which was so negative. I read this one and I know I need to engage in life more. Reading your blog helps me. Now all I need to facilitate is an ipad thingy whatsit!

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