A Synthesis Blogging Whitman

My Sunday morning started with these words from Walt Whitman: GOING SOMEWHERE My science-friend, my noblest woman-friend, (Now buried in an English grave–and this a memory-leaf for her dear sake,) Ended our talk–”The sum, concluding all we know of old or modern learning, intuitions deep, “Of all Geologies–Histories–of all Astronomy–of Evolution, Metaphysics all, “Is, that [...]

The Octopus Gets Due Respect

My last post highlighted a train wreck of a children’s book.  Readers of the post typically had one of three responses: 1)  This is sick, but hilarious. It was easy to get a kick out of something as blatantly incorrect as this book.  In fact, my current marine biology students enjoyed it quite a bit.  [...]

Attack of the Septapus -or- Why are you doing this to my kid?

Fuel Lately, my students and I have been studying not only the effectiveness of biological illustrations, but also the efficacy of their own illustrations to personally enhance the knowledge of abstract concepts.  As well, I have been engaged in some short but interesting discussions with Dr. Mishra at MSU concerning the validity of visualizations.  None [...]

How might technology provide a scaffold into poetry?

I am such a sucker for anything that even slightly tickles the visual and verbal parts of my brain simultaneously. To start, I love this lesson plan that deals with defining poetry. I would love to take part in a discussion like this… shoot… any discussion like this. I need my fix of a good, [...]