Being a visual learner by preference, and therefore preferentially a visual teacher, I find any concept easier to teach if I can draw a picture of it. Even better if I can put that picture into motion.
I recently uploaded a new set of animated PowerPoint slides that anyone can use to explain the immune function of the appendix.
To download and view the FREE set of slides, go to http://www.mediafire.com/file/jqgizrv1xr8s6kd/AppendixFunction-LionDen-KPatton.pptx
To access the file, you'll need a password. If you don't already have a current password to the Lion Den Slide Collection, you can get one by filling out the form at http://my-ap.us/eOtyVq
Feel free to use it in your classroom or website (or both).
I'll be adding a narrated version to my YouTube channel soon at youtube.com/user/kevintpatton
Want to know more?
New "old" news about the appendix
The A&P Professor 24 Aug 2009
[From the archive of this blog, includes some interesting comments from our readers plus links to journal articles]
The Cecal Appendix: One More Immune Component With a Function Disturbed By Post-Industrial Culture
Michel Laurin et al.
The Anatomical Record. Article first published online: 2 MAR 2011 DOI: 10.1002/ar.21357
[Recent review article that outlines an interesting perspective on the function of the appendix.]