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May 14th, 2013
Essential Anatomy

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iPad (not iPad 1)

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On May 14, 2013
Last modified:May 14, 2013


A great, high quality, app that shows the art of the possible in relation to rich, dynamic, and interactive digital learning apps

Like its free sibling, Essential Skeleton, which focusses on the human skeleton, this app allows the user to select and fly through the skeleton.  In addition it includes 6 additional systems which can be built up or dialled out from the skeleton.  The systems included are:

  • Skeleton
  • Connective tissue
  • Muscle
  • Veins
  • Arteries
  • Nerves
  • Respiratory

It also includes the brain and heart.  All of the systems are rendered in 3D and in colour, layering up to produce a full anatomical rendering of the human body.  The app uses a model that has been designed from the ground up to provide a detailed and visually captivating rendering whether on the iPad or projected onto larger screens.

The app allows learning through interaction and investigation and provides names for the various anatomic structures and includes the latin nomenclature.  Overall this is a great example of how digital content are creating rich and dynamically interactive learning experiences and will likely become a core ‘text book’ for the future.

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