Sunday, June 17, 2012

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Weird science toy: Kangaroo Egg

Kangaroo Egg
An example of a highly confusing "science toy" (found in the gift store of the otherwise recommendable Australian Reptile Park): The "Kangaroo Egg"! 

Children are  instructed to put the kangaroo egg into a glass of water to watch a "pet kangaroo" hatch within 48h. Ironically, the emerging kangaroo carries a joey (baby kangaroo) in its pouch. How confusing is that! There is no explanatory text on the box that would clarify that kangaroos are marsupials that do not lay eggs.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Concept maps as knowledge integration tools for evolution education [Talk]

I presented a study from my dissertation (open access here) at the CoCo seminar at the University of Sydney. My talk focused on the implementation and iterative development of concept maps as collaborative tools to support the integration of concepts of evolution.

I used TheBrain as a presentation tool in combination with a SmartBoard. The Adobe Connect recording of my talk is available here. My TheBrain mindmap is available online here or see embedded dynamic map below (Click on the nodes to explore).


Monday, June 4, 2012

Amazing giraffe necked insect from Madagaskar

The male giraffe weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) has an unusually extended neck (used for combat).

Find more stunning pictures and information about the giraffe weevil here: The Remarkable Giraffe Weevil of Madagascar ~ The Ark In Space:

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