Digital Libraries and Archives, Winter 2009
This course focuses on the current state of "digital libraries" from a multidisciplinary perspective. Its point of departure is the possibilities and prospects for convergence of professions and cultures around the notion of digital media and content. The course covers the history of the idea of the digital library and the digital archive, especially its manifestation as projects and programs in academic, nonprofit, and research settings, and the suite of policy issues that influence the develop
Nineteenth Century America in Art and Literature
In the United States, the nineteenth century was a time of tremendous growth and change. The new nation experienced a shift from a farming economy to an industrial one, major westward expansion, displacement of native peoples, rapid advances in technology and transportation, and a civil war. In this lesson, works of art from the nineteenth century are paired with written documents, including literary selections, a letter, and a speech. As budding historians, students can use these primary source
Cnoidal and sinusodail wave reflection from a laboratory sand beach
This study focuses on the evolution of accretional beach profiles under cnoidal and sinusoidal waves and on the reflection of those waves from the sand beach. The SUPERTANK test, STi0, conducted at Oregon State University in 1991 was reproduced at three different scales, 1:10, 1:8.5 and 1:11. Two tests were run at each scale by using sinusoidal and cnoidal waves. The results are compared and differences discussed for: energy spectra, reflection coefficients, phase angles between incident and ref
Simplified method for predicting residual solvent content in polymer coatings
Polymer coatings have a wide variety of uses in a number of industries. The polymeric films are coated on a substrate in a wet state and are dried to meet residual solvent content (RSC) specifications. Drying models predict the residual solvent content in the films. Previous models are elaborate and involve coupled mass and heat transfer equations. These equations are non-linear partial differential equations and are solved using numerical methods such as the finite element and finite difference
Environments of Africa
EARTH 105 investigates the interrelationships between geology, hydrology, land use and human development in several areas of Africa. We focus primarily on regions north of the equator, although there is a brife segment on South African mining. Specific topics include the Nile River (sources of the Nile, agricultural practices, effects of damming the Nile, and hydropolitics), the Sahara and Sahel (salt mines, climate change, drought, and wather resources), and natural resources and their role in
Digital Libraries, Winter 2008
This is a special topics seminar focusing on the current state of “digital libraries” broadly defined. The seminar is multi-disciplinary in focus and in method, covering the history of the idea, its manifestation as projects and programs in academic, non-profit, and research settings, and the suite of policy issues that influence their development and growth. The concept of the digital library will serve as an intellectual construct within which to explore the related concepts of scholarly c
Going around in circles!: around and about a geometric figure
Geometry can be an exercise arena for strengthening those logic muscles that middle school students need to flex. When we work with a geometric figure—a circle, for instance—and apply the ancient tools of compass and straightedge, geometry can become a rich ground for developing design. And a circle has size, so a unit on this topic necessarily brings in the mathematics of its measurement. Circles, then, is a geometric topic that can provide mental challenge, opportunity for artistic develop
How to Skateboard: The Basics
This video shows what to wear, the skateboard, protective gear, and more. Part of a series. Good instructions.
Knowledge in Action, Build Stuff
Selection of MIT OpenCourseWare content intended to stretch your creativity by learning how to build new things.
Internet Scout Project
This extensive, online Bibliography of Lake Malawi Biology is part of a larger scientific website titled The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa (reported on in the March 4, 1998 Scout Report for Science & Engineering) which is maintained by Michael K. Oliver. The regularly updated Bibliography has an emphasis on "the taxonomy of the lake's fishes and their ecology, evolution, and genetics, but also includes literature on all other organisms." The Bibliography "provides links to hundreds of li
Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,The segment shows how the interviewer can use a firsthand experience, in this case wetting a rock with water, to try to engage a student in explaining ideas about how water wears down rock.
Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science: Session 2. The Particle Nature of Matter: Solids,
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,This segment shows the interviewer trying to probe for whether the student attributes the same macroscopic properties of substances to atoms. He asks if the atoms of aluminum would be bendable and shiny like the foil. The student responds that it's too small to bend and that atoms are colorless but it is not clear that the student knows that the properties of substances and atoms are different without further pro
Fédération de ressources pédagogiques
La virtualisation des ressources pédagogiques est devenue un aspect crucial de l'EIAH, et ce pour plusieurs raisons : (a) atteindre cet objectif pour faire face à l'évolution rapide des technologies et une nécessité d'apprentissage et de savoir-faire primordiale pour la survie de tous, (b) rendre nos outils attractifs et pérennes, et (c) se répartir la construction d'un patrimoine de ressources pédagogiques. De nombreux systèmes d'apprentissage existent aujourd'hui mais leurs ressources
Private Universe Project in Mathematics: Workshop 3. Inventing Notations
We learn how to foster and appreciate students notations for their richness and creativity. We also look at some of the possibilities that early work in creating notation systems might open up for students as they move on toward algebra.,15 min. Pizzas in the Classroom In Englewood, New Jersey, Blanche Young, who attended the summer workshop, tries out one of the problems with her fourth-grade students. Later, she meets with Arthur Powell to discuss the lesson. 5 min. New Brunswick, New Jersey
Načini dolečevanja in identificiranja koordinatnih osi.,How to identify coordinate axis and determine the sequence of axis.
Learning and teaching with educational technologies.
This chapter considers what we have learned about learning and teaching with educational technologies over the past several decades. While there are compelling data and arguments on the positive effects of these tools, there are also well-documented difficulties with implementing such innovations. The social contexts of the uses of technology are crucial to understanding how technology may influence teaching and learning. The classroom influences, in particular the teacher, are seminal. Much mor
Creating an Environment for Emotional and Social Well-Being
This document is profiled to help teachers, students and parents create a positive psycho-social climate in their school as a means to improve school quality and the mental and physical well-being of young people. It is intended for school administrators, teachers, community leaders and members of school health teams.
The Anatomy of the Liver
This RLO outlines the anatomy of the liver
This learning object seeks to engage the learner through attractive use of visualisation. As the subject is 'repetition' this is illustrated by using repeated actions to move an object across a screen. Redundancy is built in to help weaker students, but this may be bypassed. 'Scaffolding' is used near the end of the object to enable the learner to engage in building the programming construct in a safe supportive environment. This takes the form of building the code by selecting from code fragmen
An RLO that explains why consent is required in a treatment setting. It describes levels of consent, the need for informed consent and the history of informed consent.