The GI Project: A Prototype Electronic Textbook for High School Biology

Paul S. Calhoun, Elliot K. Fishman

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A prototype electronic science textbook for secondary education was developed to help bridge the gap between state-of-the-art medical technology and the basic science classroom. The prototype combines the latest in radiologic imaging techniques with a user-friendly multimedia computer program to teach the anatomy, physiology, and diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The program includes original text, illustrations, photographs, animations, images from upper GI studies, plain radiographs, computed tomographic images, and three-dimensional reconstructions. These features are intended to create a stimulus-rich environment in which the high school science student can enjoy a variety of interactive experiences that will facilitate the learning process. The computer-based book is a new educational tool that promises to play a prominent role in the coming years. Current research suggests that computer-based books are valuable as an alternative educational medium. Although it is not yet clear what form textbooks will take in the future, computer-based books are already proving valuable as an alternative educational medium. For beginning students, they reinforce the material found in traditional textbooks and class presentations; for advanced students, they provide motivation to learn outside the traditional classroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-211
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997


  • Computers, educational aid
  • Computers, multimedia
  • Education
  • Gastrointestinal tract, 70.92

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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