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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.…

If you’re going to create a new life form (even if it’s only digital), Sunday Saturday seems like the best day to give it a try. Reposted from an earlier year.

It was a wet and rainy day yesterday, and we have a dissecting microscope, so I decided to see if I could find some tardigrades. Tardigrade photo by nebarnix Reposted from Nov. 2006

This quarter, I’m using a wiki with my bioinformatics class and posting sometimes about the things that I learn. Two things I’ve been experimenting with are: Setting up pages for individual students so they can take notes while they’re working. Embedding a Google form into one of my wiki pages for student assessment.

Want to learn more about Parkinson’s disease? See why a single nucleotide mutation messes up the function of a protein? I have a short activity that uses Cn3D (a molecular viewing program from the NCBI) to look at a protein that seems to be involved in a rare form of Parkinson’s disease and I could…

Experimenting with on-line worksheets I know some people who always teach their classes the same way, semester after semester, year after year.. Not me. I always want to experiment and try new things. This fall, I’m experimenting with using a wiki in the classroom, in addition to my blog. This wont be my first wiki…

ScienceBlogs and science bloggers, in general, have enthusiastically supported fund-raising efforts by DonorsChoose for the past two years, and we’re doing it once again for 2008. DonorsChoose works like this: teachers write descriptions of what they want and how they’ll use it for teaching, and submit their proposals to DonorsChoose. We pick the projects we…

HealthMap is a great site that could be an excellent resource when teaching a biology, microbiology, or health class. Not to mention, I can picture people using it before they travel somewhere or even just for fun. I learned about HealthMap awhile ago from Mike the Mad Biologist, but I didn’t get time to play…

Let’s play anomaly!

Do mosquitoes get the mumps? Part V. A general method for finding interesting things in GenBank This is the last in a five part series on an unexpected discovery of a paramyxovirus in mosquitoes and a general method for finding other interesting things. In this last part, I discuss a general method for finding novel…