Avoid sticky situations with the Virtual Drosophila Lab

March 26, 2009

If you ever studied biology in college, or perhaps even high school, you probably had a chance to perform some fruit fly crosses.  Fruit flies are great model organisms for studying Mendelian inheritance — they’re easy to grow, they reproduce … Continued

Instructify comments policy

March 25, 2009

It’s time once again for me to harrangue you about Instructify’s comments policy. We moderate all comments, so if your brilliant reply to one of our posts doesn’t show up right away, we’re not ignoring you. We’ll approve comments as … Continued

Old words make a comeback at Save the Words

March 25, 2009

Every year, there’s an announcement that the dictionary has added new words like “fanboy,” “muggle,” or “air quotes.” Well, to make room for those, they have to drop less-commonly used words like “blateration” (blabber or chatter), “jungible” (that which may … Continued

Speed up your reading with Spreeder

March 25, 2009

First of all, thank you for your faithful readership. Nothing pleases me more than knowing that you continue to devour every word that I write. I think its time that you and I took things to the next level. Aw, … Continued

Grab photos for free at Compfight

March 24, 2009

Do you need some images to use for class, but don’t want to upset the copyright police? Compfight (that’s “comp” as in “complimentary”) lets you search thousands of photos on the photo-sharing site Flickr that are licensed under Creative Commons … Continued

Instructifeature: Communication in your online course

March 24, 2009

This is the second in a series of feature articles about online teaching. Keep checking Instructify every week for a new feature. Click here to read part one, click here Taking the plunge into online teaching — your students. Every … Continued

Be a judge at the NC Science and Engineering Fair

March 23, 2009

The North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair needs judges ASAP. The fair happens this Saturday, March 28 at Meredith College in Raleigh. If you’ve an engineering or environmental engineering background, they especially want to hear from you. If you’re interested … Continued

Unleash your inner mad scientist: Biotechnology mini-grants

March 23, 2009

Hearing the word biotechnology always makes me think of mad scientists and Frankenstein, even though I am an educated person, and a science teacher, and I know better. Biotechnology can lead to some kind of Frankenstein-ish applications like this, but … Continued