Looking for some new inspiration for your Forensics course? The following list of websites are all related to Fingerprint and Impression Evidence and can be used as either teacher or student resources.
Check them out on Symbaloo, or see the list of links below:
Britain’s CSI School – Footprints – The One Show – YouTube
Superglue Fuming Tips
How-to Video Presentations
Latent Print Evidence Collection
Fingerprint Analysis: How It’s Done
Fingerprints’ hidden secrets – Click – BBC News – YouTube
Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) – YouTube
Where Do Fingerprints Come From? – YouTube
Do you have any great resources to add to this list? Please post them in the comments and I’ll update the list!
An introduction to crime scene personnel and procedures. This is the first lesson in my Crime Scene Protocols unit. It takes students through what happens once a first responder has determined that, yes, we have a crime scene here! Then the CSI team gets called in and the process of documenting the scene and properly collecting any evidence must begin.
In addition to the prezi I give my students the following note guide to fill in as I go through the lecture. You can download the note guide as a PDF below.
Crime Scene Protocols Note Guide – PDF
This lecture takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how much detail and examples are given. There is a 10-minute youtube video embedded in the prezi that details methods for picking up trace evidence from carpet.
I like to use this video in chemistry classes either when learning about the periodic table, or later when beginning reactions. It could really fit in anywhere, even as a good sub plan!
These questions follow the video Mysteries of Matter Episode 1: Into Thin Air. For more information about the film visit the website: http://www.pbs.org/program/mystery-matter/ The video is 1 hour long and is available through the PBS store or your library.
Brief summary of the video:
This is the first of 3 episodes in the Mysteries of Matter series. It introduces us to 3 scientists and how their work progresses in related topics. We begin with James Priestley in England who experiments with ‘fixed air.’ Then, it moves on to Paris for the work of Antoine Lavoisier in discovering oxygen. Finally, Humphrey Davy is described as a charismatic lecturer, enthusiastic ‘tester’ of different gasses, and discoverer of more elements.
In addition to discussing elements, the following topics become good discussions with this video:
- Does a gas have mass?
- Scientific collaboration – is it wise to share all of your experiments and results? What if you don’t understand the results? Who should get credit for a discovery – the person who performed the experiment, or the person who understands its significance?
- Lab Safety – Compare the procedures and equipment that we would use today, with the methods used in this episode
- Chemistry as a hobby – in a time without TV, internet, etc. people went to lectures as entertainment, people tinkered in their own homes to make new discoveries.
I have created a video guide with questions for students to fill in as they watch this film. If you are interested in the handout it is available through my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mysteries-of-Matter-Into-Thin-Air-video-worksheet-2462293
What do you think of this video? I thought it was very valuable and my students found it interesting!
This is a great virtual autopsy activity for a Forensics course or unit on pathology or anatomy. Students visit a website that has 18 different examples of autopsies with lab results for each body system. Students record all relevant information and then try to determine the cause of death. This can be used as an introduction to the unit, as an activity within the unit, or even as a great sub plan! Best part, we don’t have to view a real autopsy!
Here is the link to the website used in the activity: http://www.le.ac.uk/pathology/teach/va/titlpag1.html
The following handouts are available from my store for a very low price. Click here to get the handouts.
Virtual Autopsy Student Handout (MS Word File)
Virtual Autopsy Student Handout (PDF)
My students love this project, even seniors who are nearing the end of their high school days! Each file is included as both a PDF and Word document so you can customize as needed. Please comment your questions, suggestions, or successes!