Mapping Margery Kempe
Margery Kempe's spiritual biography is often called the first autobiography in English. A married woman who attempted to live a life devoted to Christ, Margery sought official Church recognition for her status as a spiritual woman and mystic, while continuing to live and travel in the secular world. She experienced intense emotional visionary encounters with Christ, which have at times a strikingly homely quality. Her Book, dictated by her to a scribe, records these visions as well as her travel
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Object of History
The Object of History is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media. The project was conceived of in an effort to find a low cost way for students and teacher of U.S. History to have access to the museum’s collections and the expertise of the curators. As a result the materials on the site are designed to improve students’ content knowledge of standard topics in U.S. History and to imp
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Hindsight
Welcome to Hindsight, an online history project that will transport you back to New York City on May 8, 1970. Your mission is to determine what happened on that day, and what meaning it might hold for us today. Our site uses the web's characteristics to foster historical inquiry -- you will navigate through multiple sources of evidence, explore diverse perspectives, and make connections within this "web" of material. The site is part archive, part essay, and part interactive exhibit.
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Causal Reasoning
Does excessive exposure to violent video games cause violent behavior? Does increased gun availability cause more crime or less? Causal claims permeate everyday life and are constantly the subject of "studies" reported in the newspaper. The material in Causal and Statistical Reasoning examines the nature of causal claims and the statistical sorts of evidence used to support them. The material is contained in: approximately 20 content modules, a repository of over 100 short case studies, and a "C
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Empirical Research Methods
Regression analysis is an enormously popular and powerful tool, used ubiquitously in the social and behavioral sciences. Most courses on the subject immediately dive into the mathematical aspects of the subject and illustrate the technique on problems that are already highly structured. As a result, most students come away with little idea of the wide range of problems to which regression analysis can be applied and how to represent those problems in a way that cleverly utilizes readily availabl
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Reading proficiency, culture: Wo in Europe spricht man Deutsch?
At the completion of this lesson you will have learned something about the countries in Europe where German is the official language. You will practice your reading skills and vocabulary on this topic.
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The Great Pyramid at Giza
The object of this problem is to estimate the number of people required to build the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt. This pyramid is nearly 150 m tall* and 230 m wide at the base. The average block of stone used in building the pyramid has dimensions .66 m x 1.00 m x 1.50 m. These blocks were quarried at a site on the Giza Plateau that shall be taken to be about 5 km away although it may have been closer. The ancient Egyptians transported these blocks from the quarry to the pyramid on wooden sle
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Earth's Moving Plates
Find out how our continents have changed over millions of years.
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The Taking of Knock Moss 1 to 8
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Credibility of a simulation-based virtual laboratory: An exploratory study of learner judgments of v
Several studies have examined realism and instructional effectiveness of physical simulations. However, very few have touched on the question of their credibility or verisimilitude, from the user’s point of view. This article presents an empirical exploratory study which investigated the perceptions of potential users of a simulation-based virtual physics laboratory (the VPLab). In the VPLab, students conduct virtual physics experiments designed to promote both acquisition of general experiment
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A multi-agent and emergent approach to student modelling
User modelling has been a central issue in the development of user-adaptive systems, which behaviour is usually based on the user's preferences, goals, interests and knowledge. This is particularly the case when the user is a student and the system is a computer-based learning environment. The aim of this paper is to present a mechanism for diagnosing and modelling learner's conceptions based on a theoretical model of conceptions. Our approach takes the diagnosis of learner's conceptions as the
Author(s): Webber Carine,Pesty Sylvie,Balacheff Nicolas

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Modèles de soutien à l'élaboration de scénarios
Les enseignants participant aux nombreux dispositifs d'enseignement à distance sont confrontés à la difficulté d'élaborer leurs activités d'apprentissage, sur support numérique, sous forme de scénarios pédagogiques. Dans cet article, nous proposons un dispositif de soutien à la tâche de conception de scénarios pédagogiques « analyse de documents » basé sur différents niveaux de modèles.,Preprint
Author(s): Villiot Leclercq Emmanuelle,Dufresne Aude,David Je

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Little and big houses
Using the book "Little House on the Prairie" and international keypals, students will learn about similarities and differences among children at different times and in different places.
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Functional specifications of argumentative collaboration services
This document defines the functional specifications of the argumentative collaboration services to bedeveloped within the framework of the IST project Palette. More specifically, it justifies the need forproviding such services to communities and it describes the functionality of the specified services from a user's perspective.,PALETTE deliverable - report number D.MED.05 - 34 pages
Author(s): Karacapilidis Nikos,Tzagarakis Manolis,Nousia Dora

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CoP-dependent ontologies
This deliverable describes the O'CoP ontology. It first presents the method used for building the ontology, and then details the results of each phase, as well as our return of experience for each step. The ontology obtained from analysis of information sources from eleven CoPs involved in Palette is composed of a concept hierarchy and a relation hierarchy, with concepts related to Community, Actor, Competency, Learner-profile, Collaboration, Process/Activity, Decision-making and Resource. We al
Author(s): Dieng-Kuntz Rose,Tifous Amira,Durville Priscille,E

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Infrared Gallery
How would your world look if you saw heat instead of light? In this interactive resource produced for Teachers' Domain, see what familiar objects look like through an infrared camera and watch infrared videos of geysers, mudpots, and hot springs.
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The Grand Canyon: How It Formed
This video segment adapted from NOVA uses animation to present the theory of how the Grand Canyon was formed and features rare footage of a phenomenon known as debris flow.
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"It Didn't Pan Out as We Thought It Was Going To"Amos Owen on the Indian Reorganization Act
The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, which became known as the Indian New Deal, dramatically changed the federal government's Indian policy. Although John Collier, the commissioner of Indian affairs who was responsible for the new policy, may have viewed Indians with great sympathy, not all Native Americans viewed the Indian New Deal in equally positive terms. In this 1970 interview with historian Herbert T. Hoover, Amos Owen, Mdewakanton Sioux tribal chairman, gave a mixed verdict on the Indi
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The Sleeping Mountain
The Sleeping Mountain role playing scenario is part of the Starting Point Teaching Collection. In this scenario, students represent townspeople whose lives and livelihoods are endangered by an active volcano which may or may not erupt in the near future. They must debate whether to invest in or to abandon their town. The site outlines the roles and includes a description of the original, real volcano which inspired the scenario, Mammoth Mountain in California, with a list of links. Before the de
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Interactive Lectures
Starting Point's introduction to Interactive Lectures, and more specifically their use in the entry level geoscience setting. This module on Interactive Lectures has strategies and specific examples of activities to involve students in large and small lecture-based classes. It includes discussions of what interactive lecture is, how and why it is used, and links the user to more specific examples and further resources.
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