Learning About Fossil Fuels
This site features lessons on coal, oil, and natural gas. Learn how coal is formed and used, and about technologies for cleaning up coal. Find out how oil is squeezed out of the earth and how natural gas is extracted from the ground and sea.
Designing effective computer based learning environments
The key to effective learning with computers is good educational design. (Cummings et al, 1999). This paper reviews literature relating to models and guidelines for designing computer based learning environments and resources for effective learning.
Stealth Learning: Acquiring Knowledge About Vascular Plant Structure While Using a Vegetative Key
Many students find it tedious to learn the terminology that is used to describe the vegetative structure of vascular plants. An effective method is to acquire these skills "accidentally", in the process of identifying unfamiliar plants. This exercise uses a vegetative key to woody plants within walking distance of the lab. Before the lab, plants are labeled with alphabetic tags. Students are given a brief introduction, and then they attempt to identify each labeled plant using the key. If their
Webinar 'Internes Marketing für e-Learning' am Freitag, 22.10.2010
Die Firma SkillSoft lädt ein zum Webinar 'Internes Marketing für e-Learning' am Freitag, 22.10.2010, 9:30 Uhr.
Early Childhood: Where Learning Begins: Geography
This is a booklet parents can use to explore with children (ages 2-5) key geographical concepts: location, regions, movement, and others.
Introduction to accelerated learning
We know that the brain has a hugely important role to play in the students' learning that goes on in our classrooms. However, surprisingly, scientists still know relatively little about the workings of the brain, and most of what we do know has been discovered only in the last 15 years. Our challenge is to ensure that what we do know about the brain is translated into classroom practice and used to maximise student learning – this is the idea at the heart of Accelerated Learning. This unit int
Using Handheld Wireless Computers to Increase Interactivity and Collaborative Learning in Large Clas
We conducted a pilot study to determine the effectiveness of wireless, handheld computers in fostering active and collaborative learning in lecture-based teaching. We compared the capabilities of the largest type of handheld, the Jornada 820, to that of the smallest, a Handspring Visor "personal digital assistant." This article describes our use of the handhelds in a variety of classroom exercises, emphasizing wireless internet access. We explain our successes, problems, and proposed solutions.
Learning the Basics of Filmmaking
The purpose of this course is to learn how to make a short motion picture starting with pre-production. As we walk through all the steps of making this movie, you will prepare yourself for entering film school.
Learning about Camera Lenses
In this lesson, you will learn that: A wide angle lens creates a mood which is cold and distant. A telephoto lens creates a mood which is very warm, comfortable and close. A neutral lens (half way between a telephoto and a wide angle) creates a neutral, almost boring scene. When you create the 3D storyboards for Seduced by the Dark Side!, the camera must help you create many moods. Therefore we need to learn what moods are possible with lenses.
Examining the Academic Seminar through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Eight Carnegie Scholars from the 2003-2004 cohort report on a special project sponsored by the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College.
Documenting student learning in outcomes-based education
Senior students in the School of Information Technology and Communications Design create individual learning portfolios that represent the skills and knowledge required to fulfill their outcomes-based education.
The Development and Use of Representations in Teaching and Learning about Problem Solving: Exploring
Tim Boerst has explored instructional approaches that foster the development of representational skill and routine use of multiple representations in problem solving. In particular he has used the 'Rule of 3' (a structure employed in calculus reform materials that highlights the use of numerical, algebraic, and/or graphic representations in mathematical learning) to see whether an emphasis on multiple representations would deepen mathematical learning opportunities for a wide variety of students
Setting Up a Successful Journalistic Learning Community
In this website, Wojcicki describes how participation in a journalistic learning community can motivate even the most recalcitrant student. The website includes sample copies of the newspaper, The Campanile and the magazine, Verde, which are examples of the kinds of student outcomes that can be achieved when students are excited about learning and have ownership of their learning and the product of their learning: the publications. Wojcicki's students have won several major national and internat
Pio Pico Researchers Participatory Action Research: From Classroom to Community, Transforming Teachi
Emily Wolk is a teacher of a group of students, aged 8-11 years old, called the Pio Pico Researchers. Together, since the group started in 1996, the group convinced the city of Santa Ana to install a signal light at one of the most dangerous intersections in the city, in the immediate vicinity of Pio Pico School. Wolk used an alternative inquiry method called Participatory Action-Research (PAR) with her students. The children used radar guns, plotted data on a computerized mapping system called
Learning from our conversations in English: Using video in the bilingual classroom as a tool for ref
Since beginning her teaching career, Sarah Capitelli has been concerned with how to best meet the needs of her English language learners during English language development class. In particular, she is concerned with how to help them create a strong foundation for their learning of English. In her research, she has discovered that her school's program has not worked for the most needy students. Her research questions were 1) What structures support English language development in the classroom?
Creating space for diverse perspectives and student learning
This website is an 'illustrated case' of the teaching of a high school English class on the literature of social vision and social change. The case examines the use of multicultural materials in a standard English class and the instructors' efforts to refine the course as the year progressed. The website offers video clips of classroom activities, teacher reflections, and examples of student work.
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Measuring Distance and Area in Satellite Images
Users download and analyze MODIS imagery from 2001 and 2003 to quantify the shrinking of the Aral Sea. The chapter steps users through downloading, installing, and measuring with ImageJ, a freely available image analysis program. Users employ the software to set the spatial calibration of an image, then select and measure distances directly from the image. Measurement results are reported in real-world units. Users also select, measure, and compare the area covered by the sea in three time-serie
Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division develops technology that uses, converts and stores energy more efficiently and with less environmental impact, and studies the link between energy use and the environment. An important outcome of its work is the development of technologies and processes to mitigate the environmental effects of energy use.