Light Speed Biology: The Building Blocks of the Cell is
a video plus a digital workbook designed for high school students.
This product is from the Standard Deviants and is filled with their
well-worn, clean, and engaging humor: "Our rapid-fire approach
keeps students engaged while our cast of young actors, humorous
skills, mnemonics, and on-screen graphics present step-by-step
examples to teach students the essentials to master a subject."
There are two discs: one is the video and the other is a digital
workbook that complements the video lessons. The two major divisions
of this video course are "Molecules & Cells," which has a 25-page
workbook, and "Heredity & Inheritance," with a 26-page workbook.
The workbooks include graphic organizers that follow along with
the video lesson. They also include critical thinking questions,
classroom activities, answers, and a script for reference to reinforce
Overall, this product could help with a biology program, as learning
concepts like mitosis and meiosis might be better conveyed with
animation rather than an illustration in a book. The humor seemed
a little juvenile for this age group, but it might be preferred
to a dry textbook. Our memory tends to work better when we enjoy
our learning, so "whatever works!"