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EHS students see human anatomy up close

by Special to the News-Times | November 22, 2020 at 8:30 p.m.
El Dorado High School students in Hinton Foster’s Anatomy and Physiology classes work on their new Anatomage table, which allows them to study the human body’s anatomy up close. (Contributed)

El Dorado High School students are getting first hand experience at using one of the incredible technologies seen on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” with their new Anatomage table.

El Dorado High School was recently able to purchase one of the unique Anatomage tables for Mr. Hinton Foster’s Anatomy and Physiology classes. These tables are typically seen only in colleges and medical schools, but now juniors and seniors taking Mr. Foster’s class can utilize this revolutionary tool to learn more about the human body.

“It’s really giving them a leg up,” Foster said. “The table allows them to make connections they normally couldn’t when we are using skeletons and diagrams.”

The 3D table provides a full curriculum utilizing virtual cadavers and images of actual human bodies and conditions that Mr. Foster can customize for his classes. Students can use the table to see the different layers of the human body for a deeper look at how everything works together. Students can see muscle, organs, tissues, veins and bones, all with the touch of the screen.

For students interested in medical careers or pursuing a Sports Medicine course of study, the table is an incredible resource.

“The table really allows our students to work hands-on with the human body,” said Foster.

While the classes still do dissections of animals to get a first hand look at how organs and animal bodies work, the table allows students to see how a real human body works as well.

“We still dissect because we want students to have that experience and be able to really work with those tools and see the inner workings of animals first hand. Now, with the table, though, we don’t have to imagine how the animal organs and human organs compare, we can see it,” said Foster.

The Anatomage table is being used nearly daily in Mr. Foster’s class. Students can use it for learning, for group work and for quizzes. Virtual students can even gain access to the modules in the table for online learning.

The table was funded in part with a Carl Perkins Grant that the South Central Cooperative Service helped the high school get.

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