W.E.B. DuBois Critiques Booker T. Washington
The most influential public critique of Booker T. Washington's policy of racial accommodation and gradualism came in 1903 when black leader and intellectual W.E.B. DuBois published an essay in his collection The Souls of Black Folk with the title "Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others." DuBois rejected Washington's willingness to avoid rocking the racial boat, calling instead for political power, insistence on civil rights, and the higher education of Negro youth.
"The White Man's Road is Easier!": A Hidatsa Indian Takes up the Ways of the White Man in the Late 1
Following the passage of the Dawes Act in 1887, which forced Plains Indians to give up communal ways of life for individual family farms, many American Indians struggled to adapt to the new ways of life being dictated to them. But while many suffered under the federal government's attempt to exorcise Indian customs and beliefs some, like Edward Goodbird, a member of the Hidatsa tribe in North Dakota, embraced the new order. In this excerpt from his autobiography, Goodbird described the often sub
"Speak, Garvey, Speak!"A Follower Recalls a Garvey Rally
The Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey, a brilliant orator and black nationalist leader, turned his Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) into the most important black organization in the United States in the early 1920s. Garvey's speeches often drew huge audiences, and stories of Garvey's stubborn resistance in the face of white hostility proliferated among his supporters. In an oral history interview, devotee Audley Moore remembered the Jamaican's defiant behavior at a rally in New Orleans c
Slumming Among the Unemployed: William Wycoff Studies Joblessness in the 1890s
Even before the 1890s depression struck with devastating force in 1893, large numbers of jobless men and women competed in tight labor markets and faced homelessness. One of the best first-hand descriptions of "what it is to look for work and fail to find it" comes from political economist Walter Wycoff's two-volume study of The Workers: An Experiment in Reality, first published in 1899. Wycoff had abandoned his studies at Princeton to seek a more concrete appreciation of social problems. His re
No Way Out: Two New York City Firemen Testify about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
One of the greatest industrial tragedies in U.S. history occurred on March 26, 1911, when 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, died in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist company in New York City. In this brief excerpt from their testimony before the Factory Investigation Commission, New York City Fire Chief Edward F. Croker and Fire Marshall William Beers commented on the safety lapses--the locking of an exit door, the inadequate fire escapes, and the overcrowded factory floor--that led to
Comparing Rain-Gauge Data with Radar-Derived Precipitation Estimates
In this lab, student teams collect rain-gauge data and compare it with radar-derived (NEXRAD) precipitation estimates. They use GIS to look for discrepancies between the two datasets and explain them by looking for sources of error in the method. This website details the lab's context and learning goals, and includes teaching notes and materials, assessment recommendations, and links to useful references and resources.
This field exercise determines the susceptibility of different rocks to weathering, and, using the dates on the tombstones, estimates some weathering rates. Placing the field lab in context for use, this site describes the learning goals, teaching notes and materials, assessment recommendations, and provides links to other resources and references.
"Adopt an Outcrop"
In this lab, each student or small student group "adopts" a different outcrop or road cut, describing and interpreting both the outcrop scale features and hand specimens. This website provides a context for the use of this lab, and describes learning goals, teaching notes and assessment. It also includes downloadable handouts and other teaching materials.
Describe and Interpret Images: Folded Strata
This Starting Point exercise asks students to describe and interpret an image of folded strata at Dent De Morcles. There are several questions students must address with respect to the image. This Starting Point website includes suggestions for using this technique, as well as teaching notes, learning goals, and extensive additional resource links and references.
Wingra Marsh: A Purple Population Problem
This case study is part of the Starting Point module. The activity requires students to author a presentation to the Grounds Management Committee of their school. Students must give their recommendation for the control of the invasive species purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) on the Edgewood College campus. Users can find a variety of information related to this case study including learning goals, teaching tips, notes and materials, assessment ideas, references, a context for use and a lis
Exploring the Moon
This is a teacher's guide for learning about lunar geology and regolith (loose material on the moon's surface), distance to the moon, Apollo landing sites, and life support systems. Lessons focus on calculating the distance between scale models of earth and the moon, designing a spacecraft for travel to and from the moon, the locations and geology of the six Apollo landing sites, and calculating the diameter of the moon using proportions.
This website developed by Preetha Ram at Emory is intended to provide web-based support for a problem-based learning exercise focused on forensics. Students work in teams to solve a crime using data from a variety of sources (victim\'s journal, incident reports, coroner\'s reports). The materials are decidedly unique and the approach is likely to be of interest to a large number of faculty and students because of current popular interest in forensics. It should be noted that there are several b
The China Papers: Using PBL and Cooperative Group Learning in Teaching
This site which is a pdf file provides an introduction to how the author is introducing PBL methods into his instrumental analysis class in China. He discusses how instrumental analysis is being taught in China and provides insight into the educational environment (resources, etc.) in which he is introducing pbl in China. As such it is a wealth of information for faculty from other countries especially for those interested in international education especially those collaborating with teaching f
Cyclic Voltammetry Simulator
This simulator allows the modeling of responses from experiments in cyclic voltammetry, and is applicable to a wide variety of parameters. Excellent instructional aids in text form include description of electrochemical reversibility, diffusion, instrumentation and interpretation of cyclic voltammograms, with real-time demonstration of parameter changes.
Problem Based Learning at Maricopa
This site contains information about problem-based learning from a variety of disciplines, including chemistry. The content is geared to faculty use, including those wishing to start instituting PBL into a course and contains links to other PBL sites.
Linking the Lab Experience with Everyday Life: An Analytical Chemistry Experiment for Agronomy Stude
Modifying the analytical chemistry curriculum to increase student interest in agronomy. Samples of soils and plants prepared by students were introduced. The response of plants to different soil treatments increased student interest in chemical analyses. Evaluation of chemical and physicochemical parameters demonstrated the application of concepts of chemistry in analysis.
Chain Stories is for young native speakers of a Romance language who have only recently started to learn a foreign language at school. What This highly successful, collaborative project asks students in five schools, each of which speak a different Romance language, to write a story together, each school in their native language. How The students 'Intercomprehend' the other chapters written by the Chain partners, using the similarities between the Romance languages, and write their own part
NSF Scrub Club
The Scrub Club® program is the first of its kind – a fun, interactive and educational Web site (www.scrubclub.org) that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. The site consists of a Webisode interactive games, educational music, downloadable activities for kids, educational materials for teachers and program information for parents. Note: The Scrub Club® is designed for children who are 3 to 8 years of age. Children in this age range are at different cognitive and developmental
Redes Inalámbricas en los Países en Desarrollo (Segunda edición en español)
The book is intended to be a comprehensive resource for technologists in the developing world, providing the information that they need to build real networks. By bringing this knowledge to the outer edges of the Internet, we hope to help jumpstart the construction of vital network infrastructure. Besides the topics included in the first edition, covering from basic radio physics and network design to equipment and troubleshooting, the second edition includes a new chapter dedicated to Voice ove
Solar System Scavenger Hunt
This OLogy activity gives kids a grounded way to understand the scale of the planets in our solar system. The activity begins with a brief overview that tell them why all planets are round and introduces them to the concept that the planets vary widely in size. Kids are then asked to create a model of the solar system using found objects that match the provided scale in inches for the planets. The activity ends with a series of challenges, which include arranging the planets according to size an