Thursday, April 26, 2012

Do Your Students Know How to Cite a Tweet?

A student recently asked me if they could cite a tweet in their research paper. Sure, I said, and led them to the BibMe site. Much to my surprise, none of the websites for MLA citation explained how to cite a tweet. Even EasyBib, which boasts over 59 options for citations, did not list tweet. Yes, it's like quoting someone, but "tweeting" is synonymous with Twitter, and so one needs to somehow mention that in the bibliography. The correct way to cite a tweet is as follows:

Huffington Post (real name)  @HuffingtonPost  (user name )
Graphic photo from hospital reveals horrific results of bullying

The first thing you list is the author's real name, followed by the username in parentheses. If there is no real name, just use the user name. Next, add the full text of the tweet, (make sure you put quotation marks) followed by the date and time of the tweet, including the time zone. The last thing you add is the word Tweet.

Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) "Graphic photo from hospital reveals horrific results of bullying" 25 April 2012, 2:57 p.m. EST. Tweet.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anatomy Teachers: 36 Teaching Resources

Most of the resources below are intended for high school students, with a few for  middle and elementary levels.

All Systems Go!- interactive game

Anatomy Arcade- loads of games, covering all eight systems of the body.

Anatomy Flash Cards- This is a HUGE list!

Anatomy of the Human Body- "The edition of Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings—many in color—from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn." flash animations on immunobiology

BioDigital Human-make sure your browser is up-to-date for this site


Build a Body- drag and drop parts of the human body results from several online sources

Get Body Smart- interactive site with tutorials

Gray's Anatomy- over 12,000 entries cover everything about the human anatomy

Healthline Body Maps-3D male and female models

Heart Anatomy- interior view; many self-tests on this page.

Human Blood-introduction to its components and types; also find flash cards and crossword puzzles on the topic.

Human Body Resources for Teachers- nice listing from TeacherVision

Image Search from Google- over 9 million results!

Inner Body- choose from the 8 systems to navigate (many ads on this site)

Master Muscle List- listed in alphabetical order or by region.

Medical Animation Library- from Penn Medicine; (UPenn) over 200 video tutorials

MEDtropolis- "home of the virtual body"

Membrane Transport- animated explanation

Skull Anatomy Tutorial- includes all views and a slide show.

Think Anatomy- huge collection of all-things anatomy, including dissection videos, terminology, mnemonics, podcasts, study guides and lots more; smartphone app is available!

Anatomy: Muscular System- covers grades 7-12; links to lesson plans

Anatomy of the Brain- several lesson plans

Anatomy and Physiology Lesson Plans- includes class outlines, quizzes, handouts, images

Awesome Library's Lesson Plans

Body Tissue Lab- lesson plan complete with handouts

Human Body Lesson Plans- each system listed

Physiology and Body Systems Lesson Plans- PowerPoint and Word file downloads

Teaching the Parts of the Brain- grades 3-5

TeAchnology's Anatomy Lesson Plans- covers many grade levels

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Google Drive Arrives Today

I've always loved Google Apps and have used the Google Docs with my colleagues and students. Storage space is limited to 2GB, so when I read about the new Google Drive which was introduced today, I was very happy. Here's some of its great features:

  • 5GB storage (Free account)
  • Upload and share your files, which can include videos, photos, PDF's etc.
  • Google Docs are built into Google Drive, so accessing your files is easy
  • Share and collaborate with others
  • Google Drive can be installed on your PC or Mac at home
  • Download the app for your Android phone (iPhone app is in the works...)
  • Google drive is able to identify OCR, (optical character recognition) which means any scanned text can be recognized in a search. (You can't edit the text)
  • If you are looking for increased storage space, you can upgrade to  25GB/month, ($2.49) 100GB, ($4.99/month) or 1TB for $49.99/month.
Here's a video overview of Google Drive:

5 Things I Don't Like About My iPad

Don't get the wrong idea from the title of this post. I love my iPad2. But there are 5 things which have really bothered me since my purchase. Considering how expensive the iPad is, I was quite disappointed that it lacked certain features.

I have edited my original posting because of an error on my part. Apologies. Too much on my mind.

1. Speaker is too small and not enough volume at times.
The speaker should be able to handle the volume, and not sound too treble-like.

2. No Flash.
I remember reading the Steve Jobs hated Adobe Flash and therefore the iPad was never preloaded with the program. However, there are too many sites on the web which use Flash and anytime I want to view a video (or a site which depends on Flash) I am unable to see it.

3. No multitasking. 
Amazing, but true, only one thing can happen at a time. One app at a time. Enough said?

4. No way to browse files.
I really would like a file browser, wouldn't you?

5. Safari needs improvement.
Going between open tabs on an iPad is not the same as browsing on a computer. I was watching a video and decided to open another web page while listening to the video. This does not work on the iPad. The second I went to the next tab, the audio ceased, and when I went back to that very tab, the video played from the beginning.

Is there anything YOU don't like about the iPad? Leave a comment below.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

39 Sites: Test Preparation for Your Students

With the advent of ASK testing this week, I was reminded that our students always seem to have another test hurdle to make it over. My seniors are especially nervous about the SAT's and what the requirements are for each college. It's never too early to start studying, right? Here's a listing which covers four main types of high school tests.

AP Exams
AP Test Books- choose your subject area and you can purchase a book for that subject.
Bubbabrain- games assist students studying for the AP and SAT
Cliff Notes- read articles on all AP subject areas, (free) or purchase handbooks.
Collegeboard- practice tips; registration for the AP
Pearson Education- AP Test Workbooks ($$)
Peterson's- practice tests for the AP; $19.95 each
Spark Notes AP Test Center- register for free for the center's "quick reviews of specific subject areas, full course reviews for select subjects, and diagnostic testing with full explanations to help you determine your study needs."

HSPA Practice- 6 pages long
Mathematics Assessment Tutorial- from the NJ Department of Education

Brightstorm- free PSAT prep videos
Collegeboard- practice tips and practice tests
Peterson's Free Practice Test- full-"length test like the real thing"
Study Guide Zone- free practice tests, guide, PSAT flashcards
Test Prep Review- free online practice tests

5,000 Vocabulary Words and Definitions
Bubbabrain- games assist students studying for the AP and SAT
Collegeboard- SAT practice; you can also register to take the SAT on this site.
Edufire- flash cards for the SAT; forums, interactive tutoring online ($$)
Flashcard Flash- search for flashcards from flashcard sites
Easel iPad App- study vocab for Algebra and the SAT
eHow: How to Study for the SATs- 6 important tips
I Need a Pencil- free SAT prep 
Kaplan SAT Quizbank- free study materials if you register
Khan Academy- although this YouTube site is blocked at school, you can connect outside the building; click on "test prep"
Official SAT Study Guide- from Collegboard; purchase price $21.99
PrepMe- SAT prep materials ($$)
The Princeton Review- tutoring, classes, study guides ($$)
SAT Vocabulary, Suffixes and Prefixes- free quizzes
Study Guide Zone- study guide, SAT practice questions; free 15 free practice tests
Test Prep Review- free online practice tests
VocabAhead- videos help students prepare for the ACT and SAT
VocabSushi- free site offers "the better way to build your vocabulary";  app also available
Words, Words, Words- Android app for vocabulary; use like flashcards or quiz yourself; help you pronounce


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