This unit could be described as “Osmosis To Go” for the Leaving Certificate student and her teacher. Osmosis is a small but very important area of the syllabus, which can be tricky for the student to grasp and remember correctly. The project also addresses one of the mandatory experiments, completion of which is vital for the terminal examination. Here we have a step-by-step learning tool, starting with explanation aided by animation, moving on through on-screen demonstration of other students’ experimentation, followed by a “try it yourself” interactive section. At the end is a simple quiz, and everything is available for student or teacher to print out for offline use. A teacher could use it with a class before doing the experiment, useful for a student who has missed class time, useful for revision purposes also.Another use that could be made of this project would be to target it as a “non-prescriptive” activity, allowing the Ordinary level student to work online using the links suggested in the site it while the teacher is working on the Higher level extended material.

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Leaving Certificate Biology students

Curriculum Addressed

  • This project covers Section 2.2.6 of Unit Two of the Leaving Certificate Biology Syllabus, both Higher and Ordinary Levels.
  • It also covers one of the 22 Mandatory experiments on the new course.
  • Overall aim is to provide student with a visual aid to understanding the process of osmosis, and how to demonstrate it in a laboratory.

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November 21, 2010