Our memorization suite, Study Putty, is secreting new content all the time. We’ve squeezed our brain-glands in order to produce learning tools on the topic of the oozy ol’ endocrine system.
Here you can memorize the names and locations of the endocrine glands. You can test yourself: given certain organs, what is endocrine and what is exocrine? You can also match important endocrine hormones to the glands that chiefly produce them.
A game of gland locations. Notice only four show at once–hit “new game” for a new set.
Acne and Angst from This Way Come: Endocrine Hormones
If you are a student looking for a new way to memorize the crud you have to cram for class, Study Putty would like to help.
Why do we beat quizzing yourself on that crinkled cheat sheet another twenty-seven times? Why do we top reading the same table in your textbook on endless repeat? (With prospects that thrilling, do I even need to say?) Well, let me tell you. Nay, let me show you. Does your normal way of studying look like this?
Demonstrating our “constructive feedback” feature running in Shakespearean English.
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Periodic table stock in this graphic by Wikipedia user DePeip. CC3.0 Attribution/Share-alike.
Visit our project StudyPutty.com to use our awesome memorization tools. It’s free and it’s a change of pace from quizzing yourself on that crumpled-up cheat sheet for the twenty billionth time, for the love of Gallium. Click the logo below to go there now! Continue reading →
Where the action happens: at the intersection of DINOSAURS AND SPORTS. POW!
Number Munchers: Vanished About the Same Time as Dinosaurs; Yes, I Know I’m Getting Old.
“Munchers” was a series of educational games produced by MECC through the 80’s and 90’s. I passed through the digestive tract of elementary education just in time to catch classics like Number Munchers, and MECC’s more famous non-Muncher title, Oregon Trail, whenever my class took a privileged jaunt down the hall to the hi-tech and new-fangled Apple IIe computer lab.
Like anything that shaped a generation, Number Munchers is subject to copycats, whether motivated by nostalgia or by the desire to occupy the original product’s commercial niche. MECC–or the Learning Company, which acquired it–vanished from the face of the Earth in 1999, and who knows whose intellectual property that little green…uh…whatever-he-is…is. So a search for “Number Munchers” on the Internet, the App Store, or Google Play will return several…tributes, I guess we can call them if we want to be kind? If being kind bores you and you’d rather be honest, what we find is a handful of slightly-off trademark knock-offs, all of them as weak compared to the real thing as a Go-Bot was to a Transformer…I’m dating myself again aren’t I? Continue reading →
Think of Algodoo as a virtual playground. Algodoo brings the sophisticated Algoryx physics engine to anyone’s computer or tablet, to learn or to play–and the boundary between the two is pretty blurry no matter how you use it. Watch the magic unfold in this demo vid from Algodoo.
“Memorization” is a foul word in education. Students hate doing it. Teachers hate that their students spend so much time trying to cram data into their noggins when the point is really the concept, not the vocab. But this doesn’t change the fact that mastering ‘vocabulary’ — whether it be definitions, abbreviations, symbols, or formulas — is a crucial hurdle students must get over.
“Critical thought, evaluation, and synthesis all sit on the backbone of vocabulary.”
— Rachel Watson, Professional Academic Lecturer, Dept. of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming, non-fan of rote memorization, and creator of her own open courseware.
Matching names and formulae of common polyatomic ions.
Easing the student’s memorization burden is the idea behind Study Putty, our set of online learning activities currently under development and available for students to use.
Study Putty provides several straightforward ways to memorize information. It’s not a game or a sim, it’s just a variety of memorization activities for fundamental facts prerequisite to mastering important concepts. We are starting with the subject of chemistry and looking to grow into other fields. Our chemistry activities are designed to get the dirty job of memorization done so the student can move on with labs, with class, with life. All of our activities are free to use. Continue reading →
Learning-Laboratory is proud to present its fledgling and freely available online learning activity: Study Putty.
Like clay in your over-stressed fist, dear student, the learning tools at Study Putty will be moldable to your desires, both for content and for style. As we are starting out, we are limited to two game types (matching and fill-in-the-blank) and to a handful of topics in chemistry. But we intend to expand. Continue reading →
Social Media and Education: a Match Made in the Near Future?
With social media and mashable technology entering their heyday, one could imagine a great opportunity and, perhaps, an intriguing potential for competitive learning games. However, if you search the Facebook apps directory with the term `learning` or `education,` there won`t be a lot of results. And most of those results are going to be language learning software aimed at adults outside of the education system. Continue reading →
“Education in the Year 2000” Image Source: uh, the Internet? Gosh who knows where things originally came form these days. [Okay fine–I’ll Google it. Credit: Villemard, À l’École (1910).]
The claim “Technology is changing everything” is a maxim that is often heard, especially in the field of education. Since I have been out of school for six years, I wondered whether new tech really is changing everything. I happen to have two good friends from my high school class of 2003 who went to college first right out of high school, as I did, but who have returned to school this last year at the University of Wyoming where they have just wrapped up their spring semesters. These buddies know what college used to be like nearly a decade ago and what it is like now. These two students are in the perfect place to make observations about the impact and pace of technology’s forward march. Continue reading →