Cell Diagrams

In a time before Covid-19, labeling exercises were using given on paper, in class. Students would be given 5-10 minutes to practice labeling and then I would go over labeling on the projector.

Handouts are now discouraged in face-to-face learning, and many students will be working from home for at least part of the semester. This has necessitated some basic changes to how these types of handouts are shared with students. The goal is to create documents that online students (even those who may be in your class working on Chromebooks) do not need to complete exercises on paper. There are a few ways this can be done.

  1. If you have access to adobe acrobat, you can convert files from Word into PDF and then use the “Prepare Form” function. This will add text boxes that can be filled in. You can also use drop-down fields if you want to provide students with choices in how to label the diagram. Students will need to download the pdf in order to fill in the fields.
  2. Open Google Draw and import the diagram. Then use “insert” to create text boxes where students can fill in the labels. Don’t forget when assigning this to students on Google classroom to make a copy for each student.
  3. You can leave documents in an uneditable form and students can use an addon like “Kami” to annotate the document.

This original cell labeling diagram has been used in several of my classes. It is not difficult, and usually given following a review or discussion of cell parts. The links after show how it can be used with remote learning.

PDF version of file with form -fields

Google Draw version with form-fields


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