End of year survey

Take this survey please



Academic Biology is a fun, fast-paced class at PAHS. We will be using different skills this year in class by focusing on research, inquiry, collaboration, and reflection for learning. It is never the same old thing here in class. Be prepared for a great year!

Team/student pages:

Students, please keep your wiki page and your team's pages clean. I am looking for the following:
  1. Use of anchors or a table of contents to organze what you have. Use links for quick access to material rather than scrolling down. Cross-link to other material such as the original assignment, or info on another page.
  2. Separate your sections of information with lines, headings, etc. (using a table of contents will already require you to use heading 1 - remember to use the wikispaces widget for Table of Contents first).
  3. Organize your information and pictures.
  4. Team pages should follow the above as well as having links to individual team members pages near the top of the page.


  1. Create an igoogle page by typing in igoogle in the search bar.
  2. Log in to your google account.
  3. Click on "Add stuff"
  4. Type Google docs into the search for gadgets search box.
  5. Click the "add it now" near the gadget.
  6. Type Google reader into the search for gadgets search box.
  7. Click the "add it now" near the gadget.
  8. Click Back to igoogle home in upper left hand corner.

Google reader

  1. Click on google reader in your igoogle page.
  2. We are going to add a feed for the blog.
  3. In add subscription box, type mrsmaine.edublogs.org
  4. You can choose a category if you wish.

Google alerts

  1. Enter "google alerts" into the search box in the upper right.
  2. Click on "click here to manage your alerts".
  3. Click on "creating one".
  4. Enter "biodiversity" in the search terms box.
  5. Choose "web" for type.
  6. Choose "feed" for deliver to.
  7. Choose "as it happens" for how often.
  8. Click create alert.
  9. You will now see your feed. Click on view in google reader. This will add it to your reader page.

Google Earth

Creating Your Own Google Earth Files

Start in Google Maps

1. Log into Google Maps (http://maps.google.com).
  • Use Your Google/Gmail account or make one there
2. Click on the My Maps tab.
3. Click Create a New Map.
4. Give your map a Title and Description.
5. Find a spot on the map and click on the Placemark Icon.
6. Give your Placemark a Title and change the icon if you desire by clicking on it.
7. Click Rich Text and add your description in the box.
8. Add a picture by clicking on the Picture Icon. (The picture must be already online somewhere, such as Flickr.)
9. Continue to add Placemarks, Lines, or Polygons by using the other icons.
10. Once your are finished click Save and finally click View in Google Earth
11. A KML file with the same name as your map will be downloaded onto your computer
12. Find the file and double click on it. It will open in Google Earth. From there you can edit the file further.

Start in Google Earth:

1. Add - Placemark
2. Chose the Type of Placemark or Upload Your Own Image
3. Center Your Placemark
  • The view you choose (tilt angle, location, and zoom) will stay with your placemark.
4. Type Your Information into the Box
  • HTML Codes Work (use <br> for a paragraph break, use <hr> for making a line break, use <center> to center the text, etc.)
5. Insert Images
  • Online <img src="http://www.google.com/jw.jpg"> put the web address between the parentheses.
  • The picture MUST end in .jpg
  • For Flickr Images copy the photos URL and delete the letters after .jpg (Flickr photos only work if multiple sizes are available.)
  • Pictures can be resized by adding width and height information inside of the <> signs
<img src="http://www.google.com/jw.jpg" width="100" height ="75">
  • If you end up with a picture where a portion is cut off, try placing it in a table.
<table><tr><td><img src="http..."></td></tr></table>
6. Insert Video Clips
  • Use the Embed HTML from YouTube or TeacherTube
  • when viewed on a Mac - URL appears to click link
  • when viewed in Windows - Video appears in Placemark.
7. Click OK
8. When you save a placemark the pictures become part of the file.

Image Overlays
A useful tool if you would like to lay a photo graph over an area. Works well for old maps.
1. Add - Image Overlay
2. Browse your computer for a picture.
3. Adjust Opacity
4. Add a Description
5. Click OK

Similar to Image Overlay. Does not bend the picture to fit the curvature of the earth.

If your project follows a route you can use a path to highlight that route.
1. Add - Path
2. Draw the path by clicking and adding points. The points will connect to create a path.
3. The color and thickness of the path can be adjusted.
4. The height of the path can be adjusted. You can even make something that looks more like a wall.

Create a polygon that works similar to a path.
1. Add - Polygon
2. Use the dots as handles to adjust the polygon.
3. Use the features in the Altitude tab to create a 3-dimensional shape.

When multiple resources go together place them in a folder.
1. Add - Folder
2. Name the Folder. Give it a Description if needed.
3. Place your Placemarks, Paths, Image Overlays, Photos, and Polygons under the folder.
4. Save the entire folder. Right Click - Save As