Entries Categorized as 'Useful websites'

Useful Games and Apps

March 13, 2014

Ellen Holderman has an excellent post about “24 Apps, Games, and Websites Teachers are Using in STEAM Classrooms” that are mostly free. (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

They’re mostly aimed at a younger audience–middle school and below–, but there are things like Khan Academy that’s useful for all ages. Quite a number have to do with introducing coding.

Ms. Lannert.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2014. Useful Games and Apps, Retrieved November 24th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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Investigating the Heart Online

August 30, 2013

BodyXQ has one of the most impressive interactive apps of the heart that I’ve yet seen.

Observing the heart with BodyXQ.

Observing the heart with BodyXQ.

You can explore the heart in 3D while it’s in motion. You can see the valves open and close, while hearing the beat. I’m going to have to show this to the class tomorrow.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2013. Investigating the Heart Online, Retrieved November 24th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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Embeddable DNA

May 7, 2013

Ravenclaw’s four genes on the DNA string annotated. Note that start and stop codons bracket each gene, and there is non-coding (junk) DNA between each gene.

Using English words like “blue eyes” to represent genes in DNA strings with the DNA Writer runs the risk that students start to wonder if actual genes are coded in English.

I’d say it was a small risk, but today I did have that question from a couple of students today.

Fortunately, it was quite easy to disabuse them of the impression: they didn’t actually believe it, but they just had to know for sure.

I did like one of the questions though, “Does that mean that Spanish people have DNA written in Spanish?”

Embedding the Tiles

With that caveat, since I, and a few of my students, like the pretty patterns the DNA Writer produces (see above), I created a way to embed the color sequences into other webpages like this blog.

By default, the embedded image links back to the DNA Writer website, but you can adjust it so that it does not. Instead, the nucleobase tiles will change color when you click on them. The color changing helps keep track of where you are if you’re trying to string the sequence in beads.

For academic purposes, you can also change the message you get when the mouse hovers over the tiles. By default it give the plain English translation, but you can make it say whatever you want, or even have it just show the base sequence.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2013. Embeddable DNA, Retrieved November 24th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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Millennium Development Goal Tracker

February 4, 2013

We covered the Millennium Development Goals in Environmental Science this past quarter. However, the big outstanding question was how close have we come to meeting any of the goals. Health Intelligence hosts an excellent, interactive map for tracking progress on the Millennium Development Goals.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2013. Millennium Development Goal Tracker, Retrieved November 24th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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ZygoteBody: Human Anatomy in 3D

July 26, 2012

With a simple, but effective interface, ZygoteBODY’s free, online 3d models of human anatomy are excellent.

Screen captures of ZygoteBODY's 3d model of the human digestive system.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2012. ZygoteBody: Human Anatomy in 3D, Retrieved November 24th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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Anatronica: 3d Anatomy Online

July 25, 2012

Screen captures from Anatronica's Anatomy 3D Systems website. The digestive system is highlighted, while the skeletal system is shown semi-transparently for context.

Anatronica has an excellent, online, 3d viewer for the anatomy of the human torso. While it’s not quite the same as a physical model, it’s pretty good as a study guide for middle schoolers.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2012. Anatronica: 3d Anatomy Online, Retrieved November 24th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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Plugging Latex Equations into Webpages

July 8, 2012

I’ve figured out how to put latex equations into this WordPress website, but have been struggling trying to get it on my other math based web pages, like the parabolas page.

Now, however, I’ve discovered CodeCogs, which provides an excellent Equation Editor that allows the inclusion of latex equations on any website (html page).

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2012. Plugging Latex Equations into Webpages, Retrieved November 24th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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DarwinTunes: Watching Music Evolve

June 22, 2012

Take randomly generated sound waves (using sine curves for example), mix them together to get beats, and then let people decide which ones sound best. Let the best ones mate — add in small mutations — and wait a few thousand generations for the sound patterns to evolve into music.

That’s what DarwinTunes does, and they let you participate in the artificial selection process (artificial as opposed to natural selection).

The details are included in their article: Evolution of music by public choice by MacCallum et al. (2012).

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2012. DarwinTunes: Watching Music Evolve, Retrieved November 24th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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