March 30, 2011

Using Science to Teach English Grammar and Reading

It was a wonderful day when President Obama announced the National Math and Science Initiative, drawing attention to the reality that American students are lagging behind many first-world countries in math and science. It did none...

March 21, 2011

Now, where did I park the car again?

The workings of the human brain, particularly memory storage, have been a fascination of scientists and laypeople alike for centuries. For many of us with spotty memories, improving retention has been a somewhat Holy Grail —...

March 10, 2011

Need a Virtual Nerd?

There are times when even the most math-savvy of us can’t figure out how to solve a problem. Other times, we struggle to grasp math concepts that are important to our research and studies. Now the...

March 4, 2011

Who are you calling a hagfish?

Myxine glutinosa: the name (almost) says it all. The Atlantic Hagfish is well known for its ability to excrete a sticky, glutinous substance from its skin — hence its more widely known moniker, “slime eel.” The...

February 16, 2011

Mobile Technology in the Classroom

Mineral identification app for the iPad It’s pretty hard not to notice how ubiquitous mobile media consumption has become in the last 2 to 3 years. Comscore’s 2010 US Digital Year in Review reports that “nearly...

February 4, 2011

Make Lemons Out of Lemonade

It’s been a wacky winter for many of us, to say the least. It seems like every time we finish cleaning up from a storm, another one comes barreling in. While we’re all probably pretty much...

January 4, 2011

New and Improved Quizzes

2010 was an introspective year here at Visionlearning. We spent a lot of time thinking about how to make what we offer more accessible to you — the result, in part, being this blog and our...

December 1, 2010

New Clues into Asthma Occurrences

Throughout the US, asthma rates have been steadily increasing over the last few decades. According to the CDC, the rates of self-reported asthma conditions rose 75% between 1980 and 1994 (doctor’s visits more than doubled between...

November 29, 2010

Feeling Creative?

A misconception about science and scientists that still hangs around is that science is made up of mostly boring, systematic methodology conducted by old, stodgy men in white lab coats. Nothing could be further from the...

November 22, 2010

Talking Turkey — Using Science to Cook the Perfect Bird

We all want it — a fat, juicy, golden bird on Thanksgiving Day. One that melts in your mouth. One who’s flavor explodes and sends you into turkey bliss. One that you can’t stop eating because...