The Sodium-Potassium Pump

Pump it up! Learn how a special protein called the sodium-potassium pump allows certain molecules or ions to pass through a cell's plasma membrane. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Ask students to come up with independent research questions after viewing
  • Review or teach the terminology that individuals need to comprehend the descriptions
Classroom Considerations
  • Expect questions from viewers regarding the electrical gradient
  • Requires Internet access to view the video
  • The final video of a 10-part series
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Animation is a good alternative to text descriptions, especially for visual learners
Cons
  • Explanation is unclear how the protein shape change occurs
  • Ends abruptly after introducing a new concept