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England’s Achievement in TIMSS 2007: National Report for England
News reports on December 9th pointed to the high standing of English pupils in recent international mathematics and science tests, with one headline announcing "English children 'best at maths in Europe'". Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) international tests were first carried out in 1995 with pupils of aged ten and fourteen tested in mathematics and science. Tests have been carried out at four year intervals since then, with the previous results stemming from those taken in 20
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Evaluation of Skills for Work pilot courses: Final Report
This is a final report on the evaluation of Skills for Work Pilot courses in Scotland. The aim of the resource is to report on the findings from research carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research examining the piloting of Skills for Work (SfW) courses over two years. Skills for Work (SfW) courses were introduced via a two year pilot to help young people to develop skills and knowledge in a broad vocational area, core skills, an understanding of the workplace, positive attit
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Six Traits Ideas and Content with Persuasive Writing Video
Eleven-year-old published author and seasoned speaker Adora Svitak talks about the Six Traits: Ideas and Content, Organization, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, and Conventions.  In this video she discusses persuasive writing and what it is.  With persuasive writing, a writer takes a position FOR or AGAINST an issue and writes to convince the reader to believe or do something.  In persuasive writing, your topic or issue is what your essa
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How to Grow Plum Trees
This clip explains how to grow plum tress in a sunny area with good drainage by purchasing a plum tree root stock that can begin growing right away. Trim plum trees back one third each year to keep them looking full and bushy.

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How to Care for Lilac Trees
A gardener explains how to care for lilac trees by planting them on a hill that has good drainage and full sun and watering them throughout the summer. Prune lilac trees down one third every year to keep the plant even and healthy.  Lots of tips and information in this clip about caring for a lilac tree.

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Socrates - Encyclopedia Channel
Born in Athens, in the year 469 B.C., Socrates became the new philosophy founder and the teacher of the many of great philosophers. Run time 06:58.
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Six Traits- Word Choice

Eleven-year-old published author and seasoned presenter Adora Svitak talks about the Six Traits: Word Choice. She discusses how using a variety of words makes a more interesting, vivid picture in the readers mind.  She also talks about how specific words are more interesting than general words.  When using specific words you give the reader more details and then can visualize the version of the story you are trying to tell.  Many t
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The French Allies
Video with text. "As early as 1776, the Comte de Vergennes, France’s foreign minister, convinced King Louis XVI to send munitions to America. They secretly sent military supplies not out of sympathy for the Revolution, but for reprisal against Britain for France’s defeat in the French and Indian War. Most of the Continental soldiers’ arms in the first year came from France through a fake supply company, in order to keep their support confidential. The Spanish government also added a donati
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Congressional Reconstruction
This video is accompanied by text. "A clash between President Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction was now inevitable. By the end of 1865, Radical Republican views had gained a majority in Congress, and the decisive year of 1866 saw a gradual diminishing of President Johnson’s power..."  (Professionally produced material with scholarly ideas and arguments.)
In June of 1866, the Joint Committee on Reconstruction determined that, by seceding, the southern states had forfeited “a

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The Arts in Every Classroom: Building on New Ideas
More documentary segments show further work by the team members with their students, among themselves, and with colleagues. The end-of-year discussions continue, with team members reflecting on how their new initiatives in the arts have affected them and their schools, and offering advice for other teachers who want to bring the arts into their own classrooms.
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The Fight to End Rare-Animal Trafficing in Brazil
Biologist Juliana Machado Ferreira, a TED Senior Fellow, talks about her work helping to save birds and other animals stolen from the wild in Brazil. Once these animals are seized from smugglers, she asks, then what? Brazilian-born biologist Juliana Machado Ferreira wants, simply, to save the world one bird at a time. Run time 05:35.
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(6/6) Tanks - Battle of Kursk
The battle of Kursk was monumental for numerous reasons but will almost always be remembered for being the largest clash of armor. The vast area around the city of Kursk presented itself as a target with a salient being formed in the Russian line of defense. Hitler needed a victory that would regain the initiative in the east and declared that Operation Zitadelle as it was known" would shine like a beacon to the world" and would avenge the crushing defeat at Stalingrad earlier in the year, but e
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Attack on Pearl Harbor
This clip, from a Universal Newsreel, combines Japanese and American historical footage of the Pearl Harbor attack.  The events, which took place on December 7, 1941 - a Sunday that year - initially surprised the United States. 
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What Is A Watershed
From the mountains to the coast, this series focuses on the water system known as the Connecticut River, one of 10 designated American Heritage Rivers. Filmed in the ecosystem and supported by The Connecticut River Education Initiative. Water. About three feet of it falls as rain and snow in this part of New England every year. In cities and other developed areas, much of it runs off rapidly, down into catch basins and storm drains, where it races through pipes and discharges into our rivers. I
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Learn about Christmas Trees
Christmas trees are a beautiful addition to many of our home this time of year. Did you know that the tree was original decorated with large, red apples as a symbol of Adam and Eve? Learn more about the origins of the Christmas tree with this video.  Allen Smith shares more on this symbol of the holiday. Run time 01:39.
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Marketing Economics
The purpose of this course is to deliver better understanding about the marketing of food and agricultural products. Both theories and empirical examples of the marketing will be provided to give insights about the food marketing. In order to take this course, basic microeconomic theories on demand as well as supply and market structure are required.
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Chatting in Skype
Demonstrates how to set up a chat, to view all messages from a specific person, and to look at any chats over a one year period.
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Year On Earth
A year on earth is measured by one complete trip around the sun. Seems simple enough but there is a problem. The earth doesn't travel in a path around the sun that returns it to its starting point. So how do we know when the year starts or ends? This video answers that question by describing the various way a year is measured. Video is of good quality and is appropriate for middle elementary school, middle school, and high school. Run time 09:28.
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Rotation and Revolution
Quick review video on the basics on Earth's rotation and revolution. A teacher explains axis, how the Earth is on a tilt, why we have seasons, how it Earth revolves around the sun, explains why we have leap year every four years. Also explains how the moon rotates around the earth and why we only see one side of the moon.  Video is of good quality and appropriate for elementary age students.  05:33.
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What Is a Leap Year
This short video gives a brief overview of the leap year. Occurring every fourth year, the leap year has 366 days, with 29 days for February. Run time 01:23.

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