In this oral history from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Audrey Hendricks recalls her arrest and jailing at the age of nine for participation in the Children's Crusade of 1963.
Principles of Effective Online Teaching
Principles of effective online teaching helps you understand and develop your own e-learning by presenting various approaches, options, and decisions involved in e-learning. The book also provides the necessary overview of constructs, relevant pedagogical theories, and definitions common to the field. It has been designed to help you navigate the virtual forest of e-learning and the rethinking and modifying of your teaching, curriculum, and methods of planning necessary to become more effective
"The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka
Students study the symbolism, setting, and characterization in Kafka's work.
Using a film in Transition Year
Lesson built around watching a film - el Mariachi. Includes preparation and follow-up exercises, both written and oral.
Developing a Service Based Architecture in the Mobilearn E-Learning Project
Mobilearn is a project within the 5th Framework Programme of the European Union. Its objective is, to investigate the use of mobile technologies in different learning contexts. In order to achieve this, a service based software architecture is developed. In the following paper we describe the architectural approach taken within the Mobilearn project and some of the experiences gained. The author is a member of the Mobilearn Project Management Board. His institute maintains the Mobilearn Softwar
The new paradigm of "knowledge construction using experiential based and collaborative learning approaches" is an outstanding opportunity for interdisciplinary research. This document is an attempt to introduce and exemplify as much as possible using the lexicon of "social sciences", considerations and tools belonging to "artificial intelligence" (eg.:the machine learning tradition). In the paper we first draw a conceptual framework for rational agents in conversational interaction; then we use
Identifying RAFT elements in writing prompts and assignments
Student will read writing prompts and practice identifying RAFT elements: role of writer, audience, writing format, and topic. This is the first lesson in a series of three based upon LEARN NC's 9th grade writing exemplars.
Lever an Obelisk
Investigate the mechanical advantage of the lever in this interactive activity from the NOVA Web site.
ZOOM guest Amy wants to be a meteorologist and volunteers at a weather observatory. In this adapted video segment, she shows us instruments used to predict the weather and describes how air pressure affects weather patterns.
Think Like Einstein
This interactive activity from the NOVA Web site challenges you to think like Einstein and understand how time travel might be possible.
Mixing Microworld and Cas Features in Building Computer Systems that Help Students Learn Algebra
We present the design principles for a new kind of computer system that helps students learn algebra. The fundamental idea is to have a system based on the microworld paradigm that allows students to make their own calculations, as they do with paper and pencil, without being obliged to use commands, and to verify the correctness of these calculations. This requires an advanced editor for algebraic expressions, an editor for algebraic reasoning and an algorithm that calculates the equivalence of
Red Rover Robotics
This lesson begins with a brief history of robotics, describing how robots are beneficial to engineering and society and then explores how robots have been used in recent space exploration efforts. The engineering design of the two Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, are examples of advanced engineering design for space research. The maneuverability of these two spacecraft's robotic arms and the functionality of their tools is discussed.
The Amazing Red Planet
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the planet Mars. This lesson will begin by discussing the location and size of Mars relative to Earth, as well as introduce many interesting facts about this red planet. Next, the history of Martian exploration is reviewed and students discover why scientists are so interested in studying this mysterious planet. The lesson concludes with students learning about future plans to visit Mars.
Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture
This site is an extensive collection of multimedia materials concerning Harriet Beecher Stowes as an American cultural phenomenon, Uncle Tom's Cabin and the historical and cultural context of the novel. This easy to navigate site features historical text, newspaper reviews of the novel, as well as the novel's adaptations in songs, children's books, plays and films. An interactive timeline and lesson plans are just some of the other features the site offers. It also includes primary materials
A River Ran Through It
Students learn how water is used to generate electricity. They investigate water’s potential-to-kinetic energy transformation in hands-on activities about falling water and waterwheels. During the activities, they take measurements, calculate averages and graph results. Students also learn the history of the waterwheel and how engineers use water turbines in hydroelectric power plants today. They discover the advantages and disadvantages of hydroelectric power. In a literacy activity, students
Students design and build a paper rocket around a film canister, which is used as the engine. An antacid tablet and water are put into the canister, react to form carbon dioxide gas, and act as the pop rocket’s propellant. With the lid snapped on, the continuous creation of gas causes pressure to build up until the lid pops off, sending the rocket into the air. The pop rockets demonstrate Newton’s third law of motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Utopian Hope and Apocalyptic Religion
Editor's note: The original event recording started slightly after the beginning of the introduction by Professor Lord Meghnad Desai. Where does the utopian impulse in politics originate, and does it have a future? John Gray argues that though they often claimed to be rooted in a scientific analysis of history and society the revolutionary political movements of the past were informed by a utopian vision which derives from religion. Is the age of secular utopianism over, and if so how will relig
The French Revolution: In three parts
This video is the first of three that go into considerable detail about the French Revolution. Excellent images. Needs to be used with a timetable and with a wordlist to help explain some of the concepts. On the bottom of the page are links to the other two videos plus others dealing with this time period.
British Royal Family
The British Royal Family, the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, originally the House of Wettin, have reigned over the UK and Commonwealth monarchies from the time of King Edward VII. This six-minute video will warrant a history lesson for many as some of the faces may be unknown. There are several images of a younger Queen Elizabeth (around 2:50 in this presentation). This is essentially a slide show--there is no narration, however, there is music.
Reading picture books
Two strategies for helping children understand a story through illustrations.