A revolution in science education

A revolution in science education

WEHI.TV microtubles animation still
September 2014

Microtubule animation still
An image of microtubules, which are critical for
many cell processes, from the Life on Earth iBook

An innovative iBooks textbook series that will revolutionise how school students learn and engage with science was launched globally in July.

The Life on Earth iBooks textbook features state-of-the-art media, animations, video and interactive modules to describe scientific concepts from the biology curriculum.

Life on Earth was inspired and led by Harvard naturalist and two-times Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward O. Wilson, and was a collaborative effort between the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity FoundationDigizyme Inc and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Visualising biology

WEHI.TV biomedical animators Mr Drew Berry, Dr Charles Reilly and Ms Etsuko Uno contributed to the project.

Mr Berry said the Life on Earth iBooks textbook was designed to excite and engage secondary school students. “Life on Earth will radically change how high school students experience, engage and understand science, through cinematic animations and interactive models that explore the foundations of DNA and the genetic code, the evolution of disease such as malaria, and how the immune system in your body works,” he said.

Mr Berry said, unlike expensive printed textbooks from last century, Life on Earth was a free resource. “It is also media rich, with three-dimensional animations that present the most fundamental biological concepts operating in real-time, video interviews with Nobel laureates and interactive units that allow students to examine and investigate the evidence from science.”

Life on Earth can be downloaded from the Apple iBooks Store.