How iNeuron® Works
Basic lesson plans are shown with a combination of text and graphics. The graphics are active, allowing the student to tap for more information. In this case, tapping the different parts of the interneuron will generate points and praise.
Circuits are created by moving each of the pieces to join them together. When completed, each cell in the circuit “fires” and the student can watch the full circuit operate. Students can tap on any part of the circuit to get more information, manipulate thresholds, and graph firing rates.
Control and feedback loops are created in a manner similar to the circuits above. In this example, a simple positive feedback loop is created using two interneurons, a motor neuron, and a unipolar sensory neuron. The student has launched the graph to observe the firing rate increase.
As students use iNeuron, they learn techniques used by neuroscientists in their research. Here the student is practicing graphing as part of the lesson on thresholds. In many lessons, students have the option to dive deeper into concepts they find particularly interesting.
In addition to circuits, other neuroscience concepts can be taught. This shows an example of basic brain anatomy. The student taps each area of the brain and learns what it is called and its function.