From Gene to Protein - A new animated interactive from Pivot Interactives

October 12, 2021

Pivot Interactives is thrilled to announce the release of a new animated interactive that will change the way you teach molecular genetics in your biology courses.


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Key Features:

• Unparalleled Interactivity:
No passive watching here!
       In transcription students act as RNA polymerase to match the correct base pairs and build an mRNA transcript from promoter to terminator regions.

       •In translation students find the start codon with the ribosome, before using the codon chart to correctly translate the mRNA message into an amino acid polypeptide. 


• Differentiated Instruction:
Built in scaffolds guide students through the initial processes before removing those scaffolds to permit more independence. Help buttons are always a click away. Each student can move at their own pace

Help and info buttons make student navigation and learning easy.

• Advanced levels:
     You are ready for deeper study of tough topics:

                •Pre-transcriptional regulation: Students match activators to enhancer regions and transcription factors to the promoter to permit transcription to begin. 

                •Post-transcriptional processing: Students use proteins to add a 5’ cap and a 3’ tail to the pre-mRNA prior to splicing.

                •Alternative splicing: Students use a splicesome to cut out introns and exons to make a mature mRNA transcript. Do it multiple times to view the variety of transcripts that could come from a single gene. 

Advanced Mode action allows for a deep dive into gene regulation.


Standards Aligned:
        Help your students effectively reach the learning goals for your course.
                 • NGSS - HS-LS1-1, HS-LS3-1

                 • AP® - Unit 6 - Topics 6.1, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5 and 6.6 (Almost all of Unit 6!)

                 • IB - Topics 2.7, 3.2, 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3


Randomized and Auto-graded:
          Each student receives their own sequences to work with. No cheating here! You can not confidently incorporate collaboration where students have to share skills and processes and not “right answers.”

          Embedded in the Pivot Interactives platform allows for auto-grading after students meet different completion thresholds. Given a secret code after completion students input that in their Pivot Activity, are awarded credit, and the teacher can immediately evaluate progress and completion. 

Students use secret codes randomly generated after completion to earn credit in the Pivot Interactives activity.


Teacher Customization:
          A teacher control page allows you to design your own version of the interactive. Assign specific numbers of genes, add a custom sequence, incorporate the advanced levels, and assign the use of scaffolds like the codon table.

          As always, you have all of the tools within the powerful activity editor to write additional content, curriculum, or scaffolds around the interactive. Build additional questions or use Co-Labs to increase collaboration. There are lots of ways to implement this. We are excited to see what you come up with!

Teacher Customization allows you to make the activity just how you want!


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Want to learn more about the From Gene to Protein interactive?
Join Eric Friberg, Director of Content and 10-year Biology and AP Biology Teacher, for a demo webinar on Wednesday 10/27 at 6EST/5CST.  A great time to see the ins and outs of this new tool and applications in the classroom. Plus get an early look at the follow-up interactive: Mutations