Independence or Dependency 1 from the course World Regions, Peoples, and States
This course will provide a framework for recognizing and analyzing the major distinctive regions of the world in comparative context. The most important interrelations between environment, economy, ethnicity, and the national identity and viability of states will be explored.
In these video segments, leading historians and legal scholars reflect on the promise of the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, and why it remains unfulfilled.
Good Neighbors and Bad: Religious Differences on the Plains in the Early 20th century
The harmony of rural life is often romanticized, but differences among neighbors, whether ethnic, religious or political, could often lead to tension, especially as new groups emigrated west. Ezra and Dan Miller were born in a sod house in North Dakota but migrated with a group of Amish Mennonites to Montana. In this 1981 interview, conducted by Laurie Mercier for the Montana Historical Society, they described how local cowboys reacted to the influx of Amish farmers.
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
"I Stumbled on the Place by Sheer Accident": Oscar Ameringer Discovers the Cincinnati Public Library
Libraries in the late 19th century were seen by their founders as instruments of social and cultural uplift, meant to raise the working class out their ignorance and teach them how to be middle class. But men like Oscar Ameringer, who immigrated to the United States from Germany when he was 15 and later became a socialist organizer, humorist, and editor, took away different lessons. In this selection from his 1940 autobiography, Ameringer described his discovery of American history books, transl
Call to Halt the Nuclear Arms Race
Dr. Randall Forsberg is executive director of the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies, a think tank she founded in 1980 with the aim of reducing the risk of war and minimizing the burden of U.S. military spending. In this video segment, she describes the reach of grassroots activism at the height of 1982's national Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, which called for a bilateral, verifiable halt to new production of nuclear weapons. In the interview she conducted for War and Peace in the
Engineering Design Challenges
This site presents challenges faced by NASA engineers who are developing the next generation of aerospace vehicles. The challenges: thermal protection systems, spacecraft structures, electrodynamic propulsion systems, propellers, and personal satellite assistants. Students design, build, test, re-design, and re-build models that meet specified design criteria, using the same analytical skills as engineers.
Determination of DNA Bases Chemistry: A Discovery-Based Experiment
The paper contains details of an electrochemistry lab where students are given the time to explore and design an experiment to identify the different DNA bases. The paper has a very useful compendium of literature relating to electrochemical techniques.
This site provides a tutorial on electromagnetic waves using animated graphics. The tutorial gives the student the ability to visualize circularly polarized waves, the superposition of various types of polarized waves, and the change that results when the EM waves interact with matter.
School-Home Links Reading Kit
Offers 400 activities for strengthening children's reading and writing skills (one kit for each grade level, kindergarten through 3rd grade). These kits, part of the Compact for Reading, not only help improve children's reading skills, but also provide guidance on creating and maintaining school-family partnerships.
Helping Your Preschool Child
This guide offers fun activities for parents to use during everyday routines to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop skills needed for success in school and life. The booklet also describes behaviors and changes parents can expect to see during these three developmental stages.
National Center for Science Education
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a nonprofit organization working to defend the teaching of evolution against sectarian attack. The group is committed to defending the teaching of evolution in public schools. They hope to prevent the teaching of "scientific creationism" in classrooms. The site contains detailed descriptions of past and ongoing court cases, education outreach projects, and ongoing debate over the validity of evolution, plus numerous essays on the controversy. T
Energy and Material Cycles Visualizations
This site features a collection of visual resources that can be used to help illustrate Earth's physical and biogeochemical cycles. The site provides a variety of visualizations including animations, images, interactive maps, graphs and photos. Resources may be incorporated into lectures about tectonic cycles, sea level change, glacial and interglacial cycles, the carbon cycle and the hydrologic cycle.
Kennet Avon Canal Devizes to Bradford on Avon
Images on the Kennet & Avon Canal between Devizes and Bradford on Avpm
Evolution of High-Throughput Data
Approaches to gene therapy and computational models. Lecture from the Women in Bioinformatics series. Tina M. Hernandez-Boussard, Ph.D. Scientific Curator, Computational Biologist, Department of Genetics, School of Medicine. PharmGKB at Stanford University.
This site provides a diverse group of visualizations depicting sedimentation models. Visualizations range from photos and still image sequences to animations, and represent simple conceptual models, output from computer simulations, and physical experimental models. Visual resources can be integrated into lectures, labs, classes, or other activities about sedimentation and stratigraphy.
Tonto National Monument: Saving a National Treasure
tells the story of the Salado people, who thrived in the Arizona valley where Tonto Creek joins the Salt River (1050-1450 AD). The Salado culture combined customs of several American Indian groups. They channeled the river to create farmland in the desert. They built Pueblo-style buildings. They left no written records. This monument, established in December 1907, was among the first sites protected under the Antiquities Act of 1906.
The aim of this lesson is to enable students to be aware of how to manage their approach to studying to reduce stress. It is the fifth lesson in the study skills series and is intended to support adult learners who are embarking on a course of study and need to acquire skills which will help them to be successful. The lessons are designed as a package with key skills reinforced in each subsequent lesson so that a study culture is developed over time. They can be delivered sequentially or used in
The aim of this lesson is to enable students to recognize the importance of organizational skills in achieving study goals. It is the second lesson in the study skills series and is intended to support adult learners who are embarking on a course of study and need to acquire skills which will help them to be successful. The lessons are designed as a package with key skills reinforced in each subsequent lesson so that a study culture is developed over time. They can be delivered sequentially or u
Show Me a Picture and I'll Tell You a Story: Web Photo Journals
Students analyze and evaluate "photo journal" web sites, then create their own Web-based photo journal.