Structural Awareness for Collaborative Learning Environments
In this paper we propose a peer-to-peer support approach that we call structural awareness support. The structural awareness aims to support the communication that takes place in virtual learning communities. Its emphasis is on revealing the group structure to its participants in order to promote collaborative interactions. This support has been implemented on a forum type tool called Mailgroup. It has been tested twice in different contexts, obtaining initial feedback of its pertinence accordin
The Competence of Learning Companion Agents
One recent approach in developing computer-based learning environments advocates the idea of creating a social context inside the computer. It is claimed that when the learner is engaged into a meaningful dialogue with the software actors his/her learning will benefit. In this paper we concentrate on the collaboration with artificial social actors as peer learners. How äableä should the learning companion agent be in order to maintain the motivation of the human learner to collaborate? It has
Internet Scout Project
The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) seeks to "create and sustain equitable, intellectually vibrant, personalized schools and to make such schools the norm of American public education." CES schools enact the CES Common Principles -- emphasizing equity, personalization, and intellectual vibrancy - to create "schools that will nurture students to reach their fullest potential." The CES schools are expected to serve as models to other schools and demonstrations to the public about what is poss
The Changing Role of Arabic in Religious Discourse: A Sociolinguistic Study of Egyptian Arabic
This study examined the language situation in the religious discourse in Egypt. It investigated the switch from Classical Arabic to Egyptian Arabic in the religious domain in one of the most renowned preachers in Egypt, Amr Khaled. In order to investigate the phenomenon, I chose to examine and analyze the instances of codeswitching from Classical Arabic to Egyptian Arabic in ten recordings of religious speeches delivered by Khaled, focusing on the phonological, syntactical, and morphological fea
Lecture 18 - 11/30/2010
Rural Adolescent Perceptions of the Availability and Accessibility of Substance Abuse Treatment
The prevalence of substance abuse among rural adolescents has equaled or surpassed rates in urban youth, but rural substance abusers go untreated at rates twice that of urban populations. Cultural norms adverse to help-seeking, and low availability and accessibility of substance treatment in rural areas may effect treatment utilization. The primary purpose of this study was to assess rural adolescents’ substance problem recognition and perceptions of substance abuse treatment availability and
The Prereferral Intervention Process in Pennsylvania Following the Removal Of the Instructional Supp
The recent focus on Response to Intervention (RTI) has heightened the need for information regarding characteristics of prereferral intervention teams (PITs) that lead to successful outcomes. Though many researchers have theorized about important features of PITs, few studies have examined the factors that lead to high-functioning teams. Elementary principals in Pennsylvania (N = 440) were surveyed regarding prereferral intervention practices. Schools that continued to employ instructional
Effects of the Utilization of a Reading Coach for Professional Development on Pennsylvania Elementar
Recent studies have suggested that there is correlation between professional development and student achievement (Pritchard & Marshall, 2002; Showers & Joyce, 1996). The specific models for professional development are being evaluated for their effectiveness, as the educational community seeks effective reforms for improving student achievement. The purpose of this study was to delve into the assumptions related to the effectiveness of professional development opportunities and its correlations
A Comparative Study of Metaphor in Arabic and English General Business Writing with Teaching Implica
The study aims to compare and contrast the usage and understanding of English and Arabic metaphors. My research attempts to reveal how similar and different Arab secondary learners of English respond when asked to answer or interpret metaphors in both their native and acquired languages. Furthermore, in this dissertation, I also attempted to address the impact of culture in metaphorical thinking. The study made use of a holistic approach, utilizing textual analysis, conversation meetings, partic
Helping Your Child Learn Science and Technology
This guide offers a dozen fun learning activities parents can use at home to help children (ages 3-10) learn about bubbles, bugs, surface tension, adhesives, friction (using gelatin), volume (using measuring cups), static electricity (using balloons), cause and effect (using plants), chemical reactions (using cake), and more.
I Can Still Cry: Emotions on the Page, on Stage and in Life (Ossie Davis)
Host Al Page speaks with Ossie Davis, actor, writer and Guest Lecturer at the University of Washington. Mr. Davis explores the differences in writing and acting emotions, the need for discipline, training and appropriate response. He discusses the expression of Black American culture, Harlem and a need for cultural institutions.
Engineering the Tools of Scientific Discovery, Part 5 of 6
In part five of the six part NAE Seattle Grand Challenges Summer series, Mike Griffin, Professor and Director of Center for System Studies, University of Alabama Huntsville, talks about unique examples of large system engineering projects, addressing both succeses and failures. Edward F. Crawley, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, shares why human space flight remains important and discusses the current goal of landing on Mars and potential permanent human presence. Bonnie Dunba
When the Ground is Shaking
A new voracious competitor emerges, catastrophe strikes, internal ethical lapses threaten the core or a company begins to grow so fast that it risks collapsing from its own success; these ground-shaking events bring on new demands and possibly new styles of leadership. In this episode, guests explore appropriate leadership response once the ground is shaking and chaos abounds. Hear from Jennifer Sizemore, vice president and editor-in-chief of MSNBC; Judy Runstad, Of Counsel & Former Co-Manag
Savant (Temple Grandin)
Host Marcia Alvar speaks with Temple Grandin, an animal scientist whose autism has been both a hindrance and a gift. Her first book, Emergence: Labeled Autistic (1986), tells about autism from the inside. Her latest book, Thinking in Pictures, tells how she uses visual thinking in her scientific work. She also relates her experiences teaching others about autism, especially actor Dustin Hoffman, for his role as an autistic savant in Rain Man.
Putting It Down on Paper (Mortimer Zuckerman, Donald Graham)
Host Al Page speaks with Mortimer Zuckerman, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News and World Report, and Donald Graham, publisher of The Washington Post. Zuckerman contrasts visual news with printed news, explains the clash between writers and photographers, and describes the importance of presenting the facts to the audience and letting them form their own individual opinion. Graham discusses his duties as a publisher, the role of his newspaper and its relation to government interests. They
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This learning project offers learnings activities that allow Wikiversity participants to learn astronomy "on the job" by participating in analysis of astronomical observations.
Science in Focus: Force and Motion: Workshop 8. Bend and Stretch
We all expect a spring to stretch or compress when a force is applied, but forces can even deform solid objects like the floor or the top of a table. In this workshop, students in a high school classroom explore ideas about tension and normal force. By applying a force to a spring and measuring the distance the spring is stretched, the students calculate the force constant or stretchiness of the spring. Lecture demonstrations using student volunteers help to illustrate that even rigid objects be
Form Characteristics of Landscape Images: A Landscape Research by Computer Image Processing
Landscape evaluation research examines how individuals perceive the landscape. Because the amount of the data to describe landscapes is huge, landscape research needs the technology of the computer. This paper describes a method to catch the amount of physical characteristics which were extracted from landscape images by using the technology of the computer image processing and verifies its effectiveness. To do this analysis, we took photographic slides of a landscape sample. Pictures were taken
O desenho anal?gico e o desenho digital: a representa??o do projeto arquitet?nico influenciado pelo
The use of specific computer softwares for architecture design have been analyzed and allowed researchers in this matter to consider a change in architectural creation method realizing new possibilities in the way they project. Based on our experience as architectural project teacher we can observe that more and more students project and present projects with their drawings produced by computer. This tools changing envolves other changings in the project manners as we can notice in some architec