Tuesday, May 4

172 Interactive Health Tutorials and 32 EduGames!

Not sure if that was correct, but the two (2) links or resources above are certainly worth exploring. I just came across a very interesting blog post by Jeffery Goldman exploring e-Learning and Games in Healthcare, and from there I extracted some very interesting resources, and mashed them up with some other Medical online resources discovered earlier...

172 Interactive Health Tutorials
If you haven't seen this amazingly healthy resource repository yet, it is about time! Just CLICK HERE to access 172 interactive health education resources (might have increased since I counted!) from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorials, and access the text summaries. Not bad!

NOTE: These tutorials require a special Flash plug-in, version 8 or above. If you do not have Flash, you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you start the tutorial.

To get a taste of what I mean, here are 10 relevant interactive health tutorials (from the 172) to get you going and excited:

  1. Back Pain - How to Prevent (Need that one!)
  2. H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
  3. Breast Cancer
  4. Migraine Headache
  5. Diabetes - Introduction
  6. HIV and AIDS
  7. Malaria
  8. CT Scan (CAT Scan)
  9. Managing Stress
  10. Exercising for a Healthy Life

However, please keep in mind the terms of use if you are planning to share some of these tutorials with your students. In short, these tutorials can solely be used for our personal education... To be on the safe side, just link them to the repository page, and avoid deep linking, which the Patient Education Institute is terrified of.

Oops, I might have broken the law here, but if so, please correct me.

Now, what about free EduGames (Educational Games) related to Medicine and health (without needing to worry about deep linking)?

Here is a sizzling collection of free EduGames related to health, medicine and life (more EduGames!):

  1. Deep Brain Stimulation
    Help Dr. Vanessa Mei cut, probe and drill her way to helping her patient cope with a movement disorder through brain surgery!

    The game will help to expand your vocabulary and help children in need while doing so. For every correct answer they will donate .25 cents to children in need.

  3. Re-Mission
    Understand cancer better and develop a positive attitude toward defeating it.

  4. WFP Foodforce
    Understand world hunger and efforts to alleviate it.

  5. The POD Game
    Dispense drugs and medical advice to people during an emergency. Using this game, you can enhance your efforts to teach staff and volunteers to work efficiently and sensitively with the public to maximize throughput in times of crisis.

  6. Blood Typing
    In this game you have to blood type each patient and give them a blood transfusion.

  7. Virtual Hip Surgery - Total Hip Replacement Surgery
    Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a hip replacement surgery!

  8. Virtual Knee Surgery - Total Knee Replacement
    Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery.

  9. The Ear Pages
    Sound is caused by changes of pressure in the air that is transformed into nerve impulses in the inner ear. Explore "The Ear Pages" and collect the snail shaped symbols to gain points in the quiz!

    The NANOSWARM’s story is set in the year 2030 — a time when there is no war, no crime and no hunger. The reader meets five teenagers interning at MECHS, the world’s leading research center. Each struggles with MECHS’ stringent diet and exercise requirements. Scientists there are on the verge of eradicating all disease when a mysterious infection becomes an epidemic. After one of the interns is stricken, the other teens pilot a miniaturized vessel inside his body to discover the source of outbreak.

  11. Immune Attack
    An educational video game that introduces basic concepts of human immunology to high school and entry-level college students. It aims to excite students about the subject, while also illuminating general principles and detailed concepts of immunology.

  12. The Immune System Defender
    Ilya Mechnikov, inserted a thorn into a larva and noticed strange cells gathering around the thorn. The cells were eating any foreign substances entering the ruptured skin (devouring cells). Play the game to learn more!

  13. Whack TB (Tuberculosis)
    There are almost 9 million new cases of TB each year; about 500,000 of these cases are resistant to the best TB drugs available to fight them. Play this game and learn more about fighting TB!” From the Families USA Global Health Initiative.

  14. Escape from Diab
    Is a serious videogame adventure in healthy eating and exercise. It puts players inside a sci-fi action and adventure where healthy lifestyle choices are the keys to winning.

  15. The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective
    There has been a mysterious outbreak of unhealthy habits among kids, and we need to solve these cases. All junior food detectives will get secret training on how to eat right and exercise. Have fun playing the game!

  16. The Food Detectives Fight BAC!
    The game gives kids a fun way to learn about foodborne illness. From New Mexico State University.

  17. Snacktown Smackdown
    In this game, the player takes on the identity of a Kid Wisdom "agent" in a race to save the town from the evil Mayor's plans. After gathering healthy snacks for ammo and traversing a treacherous playground, the player must battle three possessed vending machines.

  18. Fatworld
    A video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S.

  19. WaterBusters!
    A game to teach tips for water conservation around the home.

  20. Energyville
    It’s up to you to provide enough power to meet the energy demands of your city’s 3.9 million people while keeping them prosperous, secure, and living in a clean environment. The implications of the energy decisions you make today for your city in 2015 are based on the current lifestyles and the projected energy demands and costs for developed countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

  21. ElectroCity
    ElectroCity is a new online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It teaches players about energy, sustainability and environmental management in New Zealand.

  22. Ayiti - The Cost of Life
    What is it like to live in poverty? Find out now in this challenging role playing game in which you take responsibility for a family of five in rural Haiti. From UNICEF with Microsoft support.

  23. Stop Disasters
    The online game aims at teaching people on how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. Multiple languages. Good teacher resources.

  24. Real Life Simulations
    That let you experience life as, for example, a peasant farmer in Bangladesh, a factory worker in Brazil, a policeman in Nigeria, a lawyer in the US, or a computer operator in Poland, among others.

  25. 3rd World Farmer
    It aims at simulating the real-world mechanisms that cause and sustain poverty in 3rd World countries. In the game, the player gets to manage an African farm, and is soon confronted with the often difficult choices that poverty and conflict necessitate.

  26. Climate Challenge
    A game where you are president of the European Nations. You must tackle climate change and stay popular enough with the voters to remain in office.

  27. Global Warming Interactive
    Is a web based multi-user educational game which explores the relationship of global warming to economic, political and science policy decisions (intended for the high school user).

  28. Quest Atlantis
    Help students understand social studies, environmental concerns, current events, and scientific standards.

  29. Deliver The Net Game
    Race the sun and hand out as many insecticide-treated bed nets as you can to African families. The more nets you deliver – before the mosquitoes come out – the more lives you save.

  30. Harpooned
    Harpooned is a free game for Windows. It is a Cetacean Research Simulator, where you play the role of a Japanese scientist performing research on whales around Antarctica.

  31. WolfQuest
    Learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Play alone or with friends in on-line multiplayer missions, explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in your quest to find a mate.

  32. FreeRice
    Give free rice to hungry people by playing a simple game that increases your knowledge (vocabulary, language, maths, geography, chemistry, etc). For each answer you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.

These e-learning resources (above) should keep us busy for a while, learning healthier ways of life, and hopefully the EduGames can offload some of the information overload :)


Jeff Goldman said...

Thanks for referencing my blog post. And thank you for pointing us to more edu-games. I am really looking forward to exploring these.


Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Dear Jeff Goldman,

Thanks for the thanks :)

Nice to know that you have visited my learning blog :)

That's the fun of sharing (and giving recognition to contributors), someone discovers (or connects to) your contribution, and then adds some flavor and source, and then you discover the new value added mash-up, and then you or someone else discovers and mash-up further, bla, bla.

Sharing, recognition, connecting and learning. What a wonderful learning world :)


rainer said...

nice share, hope u will share more of this in the future..