Nervous System – Videos and Resources

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Lesson 1 | Neurons

This lesson covers the structure and function of neurons (nerve cells). This first video is a general overview of the parts of a neuron and what they do.

This second video gives an overview of the structural (how they’re shaped) and functional (what they do) classifications of neurons.

2 | Action Potentials

This lesson covers the stages of action potentials. It includes an animation as well as notes pages (pause the video) for each stage.

Action Potential Digital Manipulatives

3 | Synapses

This lesson covers the steps of synaptic transmission, which is how a signal is sent between neurons, as well as the difference between excitatory and inhibitory synapses.

Synapse Digital Manipulatives

4 | Divisions of the Nervous System

This lesson uses a flowchart to explain the various divisions of the nervous system using the homeostasis model (sensor, integrator, effector) as an organizational framework.

^The video is much less pretentious than the description I just wrote.

5 | Brain

This lesson covers the lobes of the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and a few other areas (motor and sensory cortex, Broca’s area, & Wernicke’s area). The main idea here is that different brain regions have different functions.

This lesson covers the deep brain structures, including the diencephalon (thalamus, hypothalamus, pituitary, & pineal) and brainstem.

6 | Spinal Cord

This lesson is about my spinal cord injury. I explain why my injury causes paralysis but doesn’t affect reflex arcs below the point of injury. Also, this is the first video I ever made for my students!

7 | Senses

This lesson covers the structures of the eye and how they work together to help us see. It’s also the second video I ever made!

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