light and dark reactions of photosynthesis animation
This page authored by Jim Bidlack, University of Central Oklahoma, based on an original activities by BjÃ¸rn Vidnes, Norwegian Centre of Science Education, Cato Tandberg, University of Oslo, Wenche Erlien, Norwegian Centre of Science Education, Graham Kent, Grant College, Joyce Diwan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, John Kyrk, Science Graphics, Rodney Boyer, John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., Mike Tyree, Virginia Tech, and John Whitemarsh and Govindjee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Drawings and visualizations are used to help participants conceptualize the location and steps involved in the dark reactions of photosynthesis.http://www.dark-field-microscope.com/2017/10/16/light-and-dark-reactions-of-photosynthesis-animation/
This teaching strategy provides a more hands-on approach to the dark reactions of photosynthesis that helps students visualize how carbon dioxide enters the leaf and is converted into stored energy. It usually takes two lectures for students to gain a full understanding of when and how these reactions occur. With drawings and visualizations of leaf cells and reactions that take place, students have a more hands-on conceptualization of how these processes occur. Participants should have some familiarity of plant morphology and cell biology before approaching this topic. There is usually good understanding of where reactions take place, but a little more difficulty in understanding the specific steps. Animations and visualizations of these topics (see References and Resources below), interspersed during discussion, help participants keep actively engaged in the learning experience.