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Archives for November, 2008

It’s funny but even though I work with data on a regular basis, I can’t always predict the best way to manage data until I have my own data to manage. My classroom wiki site is no exception. Now, that I’ve been seriously using a wiki with my class, I’ve found that I should have…

Now that I’ve downloaded really important applications like a timer for cooking, a program for playing with molecular structures, and an app that lets me listen to NPR on my phone, I’m ready for more. I’m seriously overwhelmed by the iTunes App store. I found a program for learning human anatomy, a laboratory calculator for…

Ebola virus has impressed me as creepy ever since I read “

Some people, like Imelda Marcos and our new Dr. Isis, have a thing for fancy shoes. I go crazy for gadgets. technorati tags: iphone, DNA, molecules, molecular structure, molecular modeling, Science education For my birthday this year, my family bought me a new iPhone! Yeah! So, I’ve been killing several hours today filling it with…

What’s that taste?

This wasn’t in the lab, but it was an accident, and it was funny later on. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about storing bacterial cultures in a refrigerator. After all, bacteria on a petri plate, inside of a plastic bag, are kind of stuck. They can’t get out of the plates, and even if they…

A loose spider on a space station. Technorati Tags: humor, ‘snakes, on, a, plane’, spider, spiders, ‘space, station’

There’s no question that the ability to work with information is one that will be required and valued for a long time to come. I think it’s imperative for teachers to have students practice this skill whenever an opportunity comes about. The problem for many teachers is finding the time to identify good data sets.…

Genome Web’s Daily Scan noted an interesting blog post today from John D. Halamka, one of the people to get his genome sequenced through the personal genome project. I was interested to see his post since Genome Web wrote that he was discussing data standards and we have been writing quite a bit, ourselves, about…

I’m sure everyone else thinks the big news today is the announcement by the Washington State Health department requiring hospitals to report MRSA cases to the state. I think the cool news is their on-line database. We’ll get to that a bit later.

Wikis and web browsers

In our last episode, I wrote about embedding Google forms in my classroom wiki pages. Recently, we’ve been working on a project where students enter results into a Google Docs spreadsheet, via our classroom wiki. All the students were able to enter their results. Except for one.