Blog Project

Student Expectations
How Will I Meet This Expectation?
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Demonstrate ability to evaluate sources of biology information on the internet
  • I will use credible sources that Mrs. Baker mentions in her blog post.
  • I will use and critize the sources mentioned on this credible sources page.
  • I will give reasons why my sources are credible before submitting my post.
  • I evaluated four of the sources on Mrs.Baker's credible sources page.
  • I found an article on a credible source, and used it for a blog post.
  • I used a credible source to write my blog post.
  • I used another credible source to write a second post.
Demonstrate an ability to read and understand current biology news
  • I will construct my post about a recently discussed topic that interests me.
  • I will reseach all parts of the article, and make sure it is a primary and credible source,
  • I will find other articles that relate to my post and use information from them.
  • I found a recent article on SCIAM and used it to write a blog post. I also went to Arca Max Publishing to increase my understanding on the topic.
  • I wrote a blog post on evolution and beliefs about evolution. Even though this has been discussed for many years, it is still a current discussion between biologists. It is at the bottom of my wiki page.
Demonstrate proper use of online resources
  • I will correctly place hyperlinks throughout my post to show topics that are not of common sense.
  • I will put an image to catch attentions to readers. I will provide the link for the place i found the image.
  • I placed hyperlinks throughout my post, linking back to the information source, photo source, and additional information.
  • I made a video on and used it to catch the reader's attention.
Publish work that is available for peer-review
  • I will make blog posts over the trimester and allow my peers to view them. I will also have the post on my wiki so my peers can determine if my blog post is credible or not.
  • I will publish my work on our class blog.
  • I will publish a link to my article, to see if my peers think it is the original or not.
  • I published my blog post on my wiki.
  • I posted a link to my post on my facebook.
Discuss published work with a practicing biologist in that particular field
  • I will find another biologist who is studying a related subject, and ask him/her to critique my post.
  • I will add some of another biologist's ideas into my post.
  • I contacted Ms. Siri Carpenter, a science writor and editor. I used her article to write a post, so I contacted her asking questions about her article.
Provide constructive peer-review to classmates
  • I will make constructive comments on other blog posts made by my peers, telling them whether or not their post is credible. Also, I will use friendly critisism to help them with their topic.
  • I will keep the conversation about the subject going by replying to every comment that is made in response to mine.
  • I critiqued Aimee's blog post, telling her what she should change/add to the post.
  • I also critiqued Sami's blog post, telling her how to improve the post.
  • I gave Urmi advice about her blog post in a message.
Discuss in-class assignments
  • I will go over topics we covered in class, further explaining them, and adding information I researched.
  • I will make a post about an in-class topic, referring to our notes.
  • I attended the Charles Darwin's 200th birthday celebration at the National Museum of National History, and took notes about evolution, a topic we have been discussing in class, and wrote a blog post about it.
Apply creativity to work
  • I will make relevant comic about my subject at
  • I will also make videos about my subject and post it on the blog.
  • I made an animoto about Charles Darwin and the origin of birds. Click here to view it


The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is an network of sacs that manufactures, processes, and transports chemical compounds for use inside and outside of the cell. The ER is a continuous membrane with branching tubules and flattened sacs that extend throughout the cytoplasm. It is connected to the double-layered nuclear envelope, providing a connection between the nucleus and the cytoplasm.

There are two kinds of ER, rough and smooth. Rough ER is covered with ribosomes, giving it a bumpy appearance when viewed through the microscope. This type of ER is involved mainly with the production of proteins that will be exported, or secreted, from the cell. The ribosomes assemble amino acids into units of proteins, which are transported into the rough ER for further processing. Once inside, the proteins are folded into the correct three-dimensional conformation, as a flattened cardboard box might be opened up and folded into its proper shape in order to become a useful box. Chemicals, such as carbohydrates or sugars, are added, then the ER either transports the completed proteins to areas of the cell where they are needed, or they are sent to the Golgi apparatus for export.
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This video is saying that the Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum is a way of transporting proteins and other molecules.


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Hey Everyone :) The name's Briannaaa.
I was born on 03/08/94.
I love my friends and family, they are my lifee, next to music.
I never go anywhere without my ipod.
I love photography and colorful things.
I am random and loudd.
I am one of the nicest people you will ever meet :)

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My favorite part about biology this year was the cockroach experiment. Even though they were hard to handle, it was fun. I also got to kiss one! How many people can honestly say they have kissed a hissing cockroach? I can :)

Random Stuff;;
My favorite colors are blue && green
I love pictures


This is one of my favoritee songs :)
Beautiful by Akon featuring Kardinal Official and Colby O'Donis

This video & others here!

Blog Post(doneee);

At the conference, **Matthew Carrano** stated that, "Birds must come from reptiles" and "once you lose lose a structure, it is gone forever."
Dinosaurs did not have wishbones, therefore birds do not link with them.
Additional Informaton;

The Deinonychus mentioned in the video does not lie around waiting to attack. Therefore, not all dinosaurs were active, and for the most part birds are. I could not find a picture of the Sinosauropteryx, but it was discovered in Northeast China in 1995. This specie was fuzzy. The discovery of feathers strengthened support for evolutionary connection between birds and dinosaurs. Feathers appeared before flight, so therefore it evolved for a different function. Feathers are believed to be used for insolation or for show. "Most animals with beaks are related," so turtles and birds have a distant connection. Where turtles came from is a mystery, their beak formed independently.

Stuff has happened, and keeps happening, but it is left to us to figure out" - Matthew Carrano

How many of you thought that birds and dinosaurs were related? How does this link to our connection with ape ancestors? If every species has evolved from another, do you think we will evolve into another species?

I did not use an article for this, but I got it while at the Darwin day field trip at this museum.
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Bri, this is a pretty good post. However, you put so much of your information into your animoto that you barely had any left for the text of the blog. Maybe there's a way that you move some of those facts? Other than that, it's good! - Jennifer

Blog two;

Having a bad day? Do people ever tell you to think "happy thoughts?" Well now there is a better way to feel better.

A new study ran by researchers at Princeton and Harvard universities proved that rapid thinking makes people feel better. The researchers asked participants to think quickly and generate as many good and bad problem-solving ideas as possible in 10 minutes, read a lot of ideas on a computer at a brisk pace and/or watch an show clip (such as I Love Lucy) on fast-forward.

The results showed that fast thinking made the participants feel more energetic, powerful, and creative. Emily Pronin, a psychologist for the experiment, says that "activities that promote fast thinking, then, such as whipping through an easy crossword puzzle or brain-storming quickly about an idea, can boost energy and mood."

Have you ever felt better after rapidly thinking? What do you think causes feeling better?
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Comment by Jordan:
Brianna, this is a very interesting post. If anything, I thought rapid thinking would tire someone out not make them feel better. This post is imformational and your sources are great. I approve this post.