Teacher Resources

When schools in Idaho closed in the middle of March in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect our children, teachers worked very hard to find new ways to teach their students and provide valuable content.

Staff at DonorConnect also found ourselves looking for ways to continue our life-saving mission. We hope that we can combine forces and provide educational materials about organ, eye and tissue donation that you will find valuable for your students. If you have questions or need additional resources, please contact Dixie Madsen at dixie.madsen@donorconnect.life.

We look forward to the day when we can come and give our presentation in your classrooms once again. Until then we hope you find the resources on this page helpful as you create lesson plans for your students.

Recorded Presentation

Karen Hyde covers the basics of organ, eye and tissue donation in this 25 minute video.

Diane Peck covers the basics of donation and shows a few videos featuring donors and recipients in this 30 minute video.

Additional Resources

The website The Gift of a Lifetime provides some valuable information about donation. I would recommend Tissue Donation – Restoring the Quality of Life for classes who have been talking about the musculoskeletal system. Understanding Death Before Donation discusses brain death and how the medical team is able to confirm the absence of brain activity. It explains the difference between brain death and a coma. There are several other links on this page with valuable information that may add to the materials you have already prepared for your students.

This video from the Health Resources and Services Administration gives an easy to understand overview of how organ donation and transplantation works.

Videos

We have several videos on our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/yesidaho.org

Some videos I would suggest include:

From Tragedy to Hope. This is an introduction to donation with stories from recipients and donors.

Chet – This is the story about a young man who had a heart transplant 19 years ago at the age of 11.

Megan – A young woman tells about the pain of losing her brother to liver failure and what she has done to educate others about donation.

Shauna – A 16 year old Idaho woman becomes an organ donor after a tragic accident.

Rick – This story aired on KTVB a few years ago. They just aired the story again with an update of how Rick is doing in light of COVID-19.

There are many other great videos on our channel. Feel free to contact me, Dixie Madsen, at dixie.madsen@donorconnect.life for more suggestions.

Research Assignment

Jeopardy Game

Who doesn’t like a game of Jeopardy? Your students can download an Excel based Jeopardy game and test their knowledge about organ, eye and tissue donation. Do they know more than their siblings? More than their parents?

What Can be Donated

This chart shows what can be donated and why it is important. It covers some of the basics of the human body.

Image via Donate Life Indiana

Transplantation Timeline

How long have we been transplanting organs, tissue and corneas? Can you believe the first cornea transplant was in 1905? Medical professionals and scientists have been working ever since to learn how to successfully do transplants to save and heal lives. See the timeline below to get some of the highlights over the years.