The Snowball Earth
This website contains an informational paper by Paul Hoffman and Daniel Schragg at Harvard University. The paper describes many lines of evidence supporting a theory that the entire Earth was ice-covered 600-700 million years ago. Each glacial period lasted for millions of years and ended violently under extreme greenhouse conditions. These climate shocks triggered the evolution of multicellular animal life, and challenge long-held assumptions regarding the limits of global change. Users can rea
The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms
This unit will define basic concepts and terms that are essential for an understanding of the culture and identity of the Roman empire. Terms such as ‘Roman empire’ and ‘imperium’ will be introduced in the context of the formation and expansion of the empire, and the unit will provide you with the background ...
Oil industry in Scotland: making photographs, making demands
The oil industry is perhaps the archetypal globalised industry, and it is this global scale that poses the challenge. How can the full dimensions of the oil industry be adequately represented in a photograph? This unit looks at a series of photographs mad
This unit is intended to be of interest not only to people living in Scotland but to anyone wishing to know more about Scottish society and culture. It brings together a collection of free educational resources relevant to Scotland. The resources within t
Studying mammals: food for thought
Who were our ancestors? How are apes and humans related? And where does the extinct Homo erectus fit into the puzzle? In this unit we will examine culture, tool use and social structure in both apes and humans to gain an understanding of where we come fro
Business organisations and their environments: culture
We know that culture guides the way people behave in society as a whole. But culture also plays a key role in organisations, which have their own unique set of values, beliefs and ways of doing business. This unit explores the concepts of national and org
Managing teaching and learning: ACE School Management and Leadership (Word and PDF)
This module is about the management of teaching and learning. We begin by exploring the school as a learning organization and promoting a culture of learning and teaching, which is dedicated to constant renewal and improvement. We will also tackle the issue of context, and will look at the ways in which the physical environment of the school impacts on the quality of learning. This leads us into an exploration of the challenges of effectively planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a
Catholic Social Teaching
This course provides a historical, theoretical and practical overview of the principles and themes of the Roman Catholic social encyclical tradition. It explores views on Christian social responsibility through classic texts and contemporary problems.
Physics Games: Liquid Crystals
Play a game and find out about a Nobel Prize awarded discovery or work! A liquid crystal is a substance that flows like a liquid but maintains some of the ordered structure characteristic of crystals. In the 1960s, a French theoretical physicist, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes turned his interest to liquid ...
NOAA: National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
This website is the homepage of NOAA's environmental satellite monitoring service. The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) provides timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, & enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment, & quality of life. The site features satellite and in situ data from NOAA's Climactic, Coastal, Geophysical, and Oceanographic Data Centers, satellite imagery and research, as we
The Global Drifter Program
This website is the homepage of NOAA's global drifter program, which tracks the motion of buoys across the world's oceans. The buoys measure temperature and other properties, and have a transmitter with which to send data to passing satellites. Ocean currents and chemistry can be measured from the buoy's data.
All You Need Is (the Summer of) Love - Creating an Exhibit that Compares 1960s and Contemporary Cult
In this lesson, students explore various aspects of the 1960s, including the 1967 "Summer of Love," and compare them with contemporary times to ascertain cultural influences.
Teach Your Parents Well - Educating Adults to Help Bridge the Digital Divide
In this lesson, students will consider the information they know that their parents don’t regarding today’s technology and popular culture. To help bridge the divide, students develop course outlines and lesson plans designed to teach adults what they need to know to keep in step with today’s youth.
San Antonio Missions: Spanish Influence in Texas
Explores a group of 18th-century missions in modern San Antonio to learn about the Spanish influence on native peoples and the patterns of Texas culture. Students can learn about the psychological and cultural factors that led the Coahuiltecan Indians to accept mission life and how irrigation systems, ...
Knife River: Early Village Life on the Plains
describes village life in the Hidatsa and Mandan tribes during the peak of their culture in the early 19th century (North Dakota). It helps students compare information about these seasonally nomadic Plains villagers with the more popularized film and textbook history of nomadic horse-culture Indians such as the Lakota and Cheyenne.
The French Painting Collection
This site presents French paintings from the 19th century. The site includes paintings from the academic style that dominated the first half of the century as well as paintings from the latter half of the century by artists who came to be known as impressionists -- Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and Mary Cassatt.
FUSE-MOLA: Mars Once Had Oceans
This visualization shows how Mars might look with an ocean at -500m where the lowest point on Mars is about -8000m and the highest point is about 22000m. Data from The FUSE spacecraft and from the Mars Global Surveyor-MOLA instrument where used to support this theory.
AURA-OMI Tropospheric Ozone over South America
Auras instruments study tropospheric, or low-level atmospheric chemistry. Many different organizations monitor regional areas of the troposphere, but Aura is the first to record daily global measurements.
Ocean Tides Lost and Found
The Moon's gravity imparts tremendous energy to the Earth, raising tides throughout the global oceans. What happens to all this energy? Scientists studying data from the orbiting TOPEX/Poseidon satellite believe they now have an answer. Users can read about the tidal energy imparted upon the earth by ...
Mapping the Watery Hills and Dales
This classroom activity explains and demonstrates how the Global Positioning System satellites work to provide precise location information to positions on the ground, as well as to other satellites whose job is to map the surface of Earth. The activity is specifically tied to NASA's Jason-1 and Topex/Poseidon ...