This work was supported by a Hewlett-Packard Technology for Teaching Grant to Murray State University.
Screen capture on the fly: Combining molecular visualization and a tablet PC in the biochemistry lecture*
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2006
Copyright © 2006 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 12–16, January 2006
How to Cite
Cox, J. R. (2006), Screen capture on the fly: Combining molecular visualization and a tablet PC in the biochemistry lecture. Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ., 34: 12–16. doi: 10.1002/bmb.2006.49403401012
- Issue published online: 3 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 31 AUG 2005
- Manuscript Received: 28 JAN 2005
- biomolecular structure;
- molecular visualization;
- tablet PC
The biochemistry lecture is often the place where students receive the greatest exposure to the structural nature of biomolecules. The use of molecular visualization software and web-based animated tutorials has enhanced the way instructors teach this important area of structural biology. Using the software and tutorials in class is an excellent way to teach the diverse structural motifs found in biomolecules; however, integrating the computer-based molecular renderings shown in class into lecture notes is challenging. This report describes how incorporating a tablet PC into the biochemistry lecture can be used in conjunction with molecular visualization software to create a rich set of lecture notes. The pedagogical tools associated with a tablet PC make it an attractive addition to the biochemistry lecture, which usually has significant audio and visual learning components.