Ear Anatomy

This online activity was designed for distance learning during the pandemic so that students could learn the structures of the ear and how hearing works.

Students use a simulation called “The Interactive Ear” which guides them though the outer, middle, and inner ear while explaining what each structure does. Students click through the virtual ear to label the diagrams and answer the question on the slides. The simulation also includes a detailed view of the Organ of Corti and how hair cells within the cochlea perceive sound and pass that information to the brain via the cochlear nerve. This activity is done as part of a larger unit that covers the senses.

My students who were in person also do this virtual lab, but also have the advantage of manipulating ear models. This activity is normally done with the eye dissection, but this year, I’ve separated them because of time constraints and the inability to use the physical lab with students.

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