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					Ecology: media presentation

By Biozone
Reviewed by Sue Howarth, Institute of Education, University of Worcester, UK

                                                                                                                 Image courtesy of Biozone
  Next year, I hope to take a small               Light: light intensity
group of students, aged 15-18, to                 Wind: wind speed
                                                  Hum: humidity
Iquitos in Peru, where we will board
a boat to take us up the Amazon to
study the rainforest. So I was particu-
larly interested to see that Iquitos is
featured in the Introduction to
Ecosystems series of slides on Ecology,
a media presentation CD-ROM.
  The Amazonian rainforest is just
one of many ecosystems featured on
this comprehensive resource. There is
a bias towards Australia and New
Zealand – not surprising, given that
the publisher, Biozone, is a New
Zealand company. However, all the
sets of slides are easily edited, so any
extraneous material can be removed
and the excellent pictures and infor-
mation tailored to fit specific courses.
  The set of slides with the largest
amount of material is the one
addressing human impact (see full
contents list on page 95). This                 mended for use as overhead trans-         England’s A-level requirements (ages
includes eutrophication, biological             parencies (although, for this purpose,    16-18).
oxygen demand, global warming,                  I would reduce the level of detail on        There are restrictions with this CD-
integrated pest management and                  many slides); with a digital projector;   ROM. You may not print handouts for
bioaccumulation.                                on school computer networks (the site     students, even if you modify the
  Each set of slides consists of a              licence is included); and with an         slides to fit your own lesson. This is a
colourful and informative                       interactive whiteboard (although I’m      real drawback, as without notes, stu-
PowerPoint® presentation. Sometimes             not convinced of the interactivity of     dents will want to copy the informa-
the slides have too much text, so a             most of the slides).                      tion on the slides and thus slow down
judicious pruning in advance could                 Ecology is a key part of all biology   the pace of a lesson.
make them more accessible to a class.           studies and these slide shows could          Overall, Ecology is a useful source of
  The slide sets have been “produced            be modified to fit many age groups.       visual information that could help
to complement the student resource              As they are, they are probably a little   teachers to provide a sound course,
and activity manuals” and are recom-            more detailed than necessary for          and help students to appreciate some

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of the concepts of ecology, as long as    Full contents
the theory was supplemented with
practical work. I recommend this CD-
                                          ·   Introduction to ecosystems
                                              (64 slides)
ROM for anyone with a generous
budget who teaches a biology course       ·   The ecological niche (69 slides)

with an ecological component.             ·   Populations and interactions
                                              (74 slides)
Resources                                 ·   Practical ecology (62 slides)
For information about all the Biozone     ·   Communities (66 slides)
  resources, including workbooks,
  podcasts, RSS newsfeeds, links to
                                          ·   Biodiversity and conservation
                                              (78 slides)
  other selected sites, presentation
  files and free samples, see:            ·   Human impact (134 slides)                      Details
For information about the Ecology CD-     Publishers: Biozone
  ROM and other presentation media,       Publication date: 2005 (Version 1.0)
  as well as details of buying CD-        The CD-ROM requires a Windows or
  ROMs in bundles (which can work          Mac computer with a CD-ROM
  out cheaper if you buy more than         drive. Slide shows can be run using
  one), see                                PowerPoint®, Keynote® or            QuickTime® or Adobe Acrobat®
  Note that prices are given in US$.       PDF. Technical support is available
For more information about the             at
  Ecology CD-ROM, including details
  of the separate PowerPoint files, the   Ordering
  cost of the disc for European,          Distributed by Biozone
  Australian and New Zealand cus-          International Ltd.
  tomers, as well as contact details,      PO Box 13-034, Hamilton, New
  see:           Zealand
  ec.php                                  For European sales, email:
                                          Price: €189.95 (individual PowerPoint
                                            presentations can be purchased
                                            separately: e.g. Populations and
                                            Interactions costs about €28)                                                           Science in School Issue 10 : Winter 2008   95

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