Yesterday, as consolidation of their section on Mitosis, Mr Brynn Taylor’s Grade 10 class had to capture the various stages that occur when a cell divides.
The students were required to work in groups. They had to bring materials to school that they could use to show the different stages of cell division. Using a stop-motion animation application on the school’s iPads, they then captured these changes as they remodelled their cells in order to create a single stop-motion video.
By constructing the cell at each stage of division the students had to fully grasp the cell division process. There is no better way to learn how a cell divides, than to actually make a cell divide. In addition, the task encouraged students to master group dynamics and effective time management. The project would have been impossible in the allocated time without careful planning and teamwork.
Here is an example of one of the stop-motion animation Mitosis videos that the Grade 10s made in class.