3D Brain – An iPad App for Psychology

Here’s a post from Ms. Beetson’s use of a application called “3D Brain” for use with her Psychology students. Wonderful stuff!


I thought I was pretty clever when I stumbled across this app in my search for something to support the psych students whilst dissecting goats’ brains. Turns out this is a really well known app – and it was already installed on our school iPads ready to go.

The beauty of 3D Brain is not only how easy it is to use and how  clearly you can see the parts of the brain (it helped us locate the thalamus, hypothalamus and hippocampus really easily), but the descriptions of the functions of different parts of the brain were especially helpful in connecting to the unit on biological psychology.

Produced by an edu – these people know what they are doing. The students loved it – in the follow up lesson I had trouble getting them to give the ipads up. I was most impressed, though, by the links given to recent (reputable journal) articles relating to this aspect of psychology.  So easy to use, plus we now have a bank of recent research to refer to throughout the course.

iPads in HS English: 10th Grade Literary Analysis Visual Project

Ms. Mazarakis’ Grade 10 students integrated iPads as a wonderful tool for enhancing their literacy analysis visual project. I snapped a few photos of the works in progress, but I recommend viewing the final student work below. Check out the full project via this link. 

Ms. Mazarakis’ introduction to the project:

10th Grade Literary Analysis Visual Project:

“Students created Google presentations to practice their skills of literary analysis.  Each slide in the presentation has three components: a rich excerpt taken from a short story, analysis of a literary element within the excerpt, and a visual representation created using Paper 53 on the iPads.  Students worked collaboratively to create the presentation in class, taking turns typing the text on laptops and working with the iPads to create images.  The novelty of the iPads definitely increased their enthusiasm for the assignment.  We were all impressed with the professional quality and originality of the artwork that resulted from using this app!

Many thanks to the 10th grade English team who collaboratively created this project—my contribution was simply to add iPads into the mix!”

Maine School District Giving Every Kindergarten Student A Free iPad 2

A school district in Maine has been approved to offer a free iPad 2 to every Kindergarten student. Here’s the full story.

“This is truly redefining how we’re going to teach and learn. We’re talking about a new tool, the iPad2. You begin to watch how young people jump on, jump in and figure this thing out. It has great potential for leveling the playing field for all students.”

Some students start kindergarten behind others “and never catch up,” Morrill said. The iPad2 “can close that gap for many students. It can also accelerate learning for many others.”

When young children are given an iPad2, “they can make it sing. … It gives me great pleasure to roll this out,” Morrill said. Auburn can reach its goal of boosting literacy rates from 62 percent to 90 percent by 2013, “and this is the tool to do it.”


Firefox settings on Mac

*This is a repost from Mr. MacLean’s blog post*

If you encounter problems trying to view websites on the Mac using Firefox, you may need to change your settings as shown:

1. Select Preferences from the Firefox menu:

2. Click on the ‘Advanced’ tab at the top and then select the ‘Network’ Tab below it. Click on the ‘Settings’ button.

3. Ensure that your settings match the ones shown below (including the checked box)

Mac Questions? Email Brandon!

Have you?

  • Purchased a Mac recently?
  • Booked labs and laptop carts with Macs?
  • Been a Mac user for quite some time but have some questions?

If you find Mac to be a bit of a struggle, or run across specific problems, feel free to email me (Brandon). There are ongoing tech sessions held each week (which are an option as well), but for quick questions an email is also an easy and quick way to get some assistance as an alternative.

My email is: HooverB@ismanila.org

Comic Life

Comic Life is software that is available for both PC and MAC.  It allows you to use pictures/images to  easily create a comic strip that includes a comic layout, speech bubbles, and text boxes.  This program is so simple to use.  If you are able to ‘drag comic_life-769919and drop’ then you will be able to create a comic using Comic Life.  Check out some examples.

First, you will need to add a template to the blank page.  Choose from the template library.  Next, you will need to add pictures to the template.  Use the finder to locate your saved photos/images.  Then you just have to drag and drop them into the picture boxes.  You can change the style of the picture as well!  You will want to lock your picture boxes in place.  To do this, right click on the image and choose lock . Then you are ready to add speech bubbles and text boxes.  Use the lettering to add fun titles.  Remember that you can change the style of the speech bubbles, textboxes, and lettering by selecting ‘style’ on the toolbar.  When you have finished your comic be sure to save it in a format other than just a comic document.  To do this, go to File>Print>PDF  You will see several different formats to choose from.  Comics can then be added to your blog, Prezis or other documents.

Teachers at ISM are able to get a copy of Comic Life on their home computer for planning purposes.  Please contact me, smithj@ismanila.org for further information on getting your own copy of Comic Life or if you have any questions about using Comic Life.

iLife PD Session: iMovie, GarageBand, iPhoto

As was mentioned in the tech session for iLife yesterday, the goal was to push the WOW factor of what iLife can do, while introducing what is possible with our new Macs on campus. There wasn’t much time for playing, so there will be follow-up training sessions in the upcoming weeks pertaining to using these applications. If you were unable to attend the iLife sessions, this would be a great time to become familiar with these powerfully creative tools!

iMovie 09

In the meantime, if you wish to play around with iPhoto, iMovie, or GarageBand, simply boot up to the Mac side (as soon as you turn on the computer, hold down the “alt” button for 10 seconds), and you’ll see the these three applications in the ‘dock’ at the bottom of the screen.

iLife Icons

And for those of you who feel daunted by the thought of using a Mac, or who would appreciate a refresh on navigating your way around a Mac, Brandon will be offering sessions and assistance for this as well.

As was also mentioned in the iLife session, approximately 35 video tutorials pertaining to iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand have been recorded and will be available on the server (the location has not yet been determined), OR you can drop by room 1086 anytime after school to copy them to your USB. These tutorials cover the basics of all three applications and are excellent resources for getting the feel for iLife.

If you have any Mac-related questions don’t hesitate to ask me (Brandon) or drop me an email: hooverb@ismanila.org.