Foldit is an online game, developed by University of Washington protein scientist David Baker that allows the user to play with protein structure. A teacher who is presenting a series of lessons on protein structure and function would find this useful,as it gives the students the opportunity to understand the significance of protein sturcture as it relates to function.
What is this? Edit
This Technology provides a way to graph or chart data.
Application in Innovation Edit
Innovation applications: some
Foldit engages students by allowing them to make changes to protein sructure and observe the results.
Applications in Efficiency Edit
Efficiency applications: many
Foldit relieves the instructor of the burden of providing examples and puts the creativity in the hands of the students.
Applications in Community Edit
Community applications: some
Learning connections can be made as students can compare their configurations with each other, thus learning about similiarities and differences in protein structures.
Required technical proficiency Edit
Foldit is simple enough for any classroom teacher to use.
Similar to / different from Edit
(Many educational technologies overlap in their applications. Are there any other technologies that provide similar applications? How do the features of this technology compare to those of similar or overlapping technologies?)
Foldit can be addictive.