Wildland Fire Primer
This Wildland Fire Primer is intended to serve as an outline for educators interested in teaching students about wildland fire. Fire and its management can be intimidating subjects for those with little or no knowledge of wildland fire issues. The background information provided in this Primer and related curriculum materials will enable educators to feel comfortable discussing wildland fire topics, and assist them in bringing these important topics into the classroom. This Primer has five areas
Study of Place: Ocean Currents Exploration
Each two-week module in the Study of Place curriculum is framed by an historical event that makes a connection between the physical environment and human activity. The activities focus primarily on physical and earth science content, geography, and inquiry skills. Assessments and scoring rubrics, including a pre-assessment that can be used for both modules, are embedded in each module, providing opportunities for tracking student learning. The Ocean Currents Exploration module is framed by Benja
Study of Place: Antarctic Exploration
Each two-week module in the Study of Place curriculum is framed by an historical event that makes a connection between the physical environment and human activity. The activities focus primarily on physical and earth science content, geography, and inquiry skills. Assessments and scoring rubrics, including a pre-assessment that can be used for both modules, are embedded in each module, providing opportunities for tracking student learning. The Antarctic Exploration module is framed by Sir Ernest
Everyday Life in a New England Town
In the The Turns of the Centuries: Everyday Life in a New England Town, 1680-1920, students learn the basic skills needed to "read" primary and secondary sources, including a broad array of documents, maps, images, and buildings, to see what they can reveal about the characteristics of everyday life in Deerfield, MA over three century turns. At the same time, they learn the historical background of each era so that the source materials will be understood in the proper context. Then, they use wha
The Lessons of 1704
In The Lessons of 1704, students learn the basic skills needed to do research and to "read" primary and secondary sources, to see what they can reveal about the cultural characteristics and attitudes of the English, French, and Native Americans in the Deerfield area in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. At the same time, they learn about the attitudes and behaviors of these three groups toward one another. Then, they use what they have learned to analyze the 1704 attack on Deerfield and the
The Nile of New England
What were the distinguishing characteristics of the people of the Deerfield and their relationship with the land as illustrated through changes in lifestyles, economy, and governance? This curriculum is a semester-long course and is comprised of three units: 1. The Colonial Period 1680 – 1720 2. The Federal Period 1780-1820 3. The Progressive Era 1880-1920 Features of the Course: • The course features an inquiry-based curriculum, based on constructivist learning theory. • Students will le
Polar Caps: Image Processing Tutorial
In this step-by-step tutorial, students will learn to use computer image processing techniques to measure the size of Earth's polar ice caps and analyze various phenomena visible on planetary images. These skills can be used to scale and analyze any image of our Sun, the planets, or any other electronic image found on the Internet.
Inspiring Young People to Become Lifelong Learners in 2025
This Paper presents the Learnovation vision for 2025 within and around the formal education system, including primary and secondary schools as well as Vocational Education and Training. There are a number of characteristics shared by these three areas (or territories) of Lifelong Learning: Normally, all or most of a school systems elements are institutionalized, controlled and regulated by the state, irrespective of whether they are operated by the state or other public bodies or by private in
Parliamentary Crisis: 1832 and 2009
In the current Parliamentary crisis commentators are invoking the historical context and calling for a new 'Great Reform Act' to clean up politics. But what was Parliament like before 1832? Is the discussion on the behaviour of MPs unprecedented?
A Virtual Learning Environment for Doing Business on the Internet
The power of the new Communication and Information Technologies influences human life and economy so deeply that makes all of us learners both as individuals and members of (real or virtual) learning communities and learning organisations in a learning society. Looking back at the communication and information technology history we could clearly observe that the main attention of researchers and technologists has been gradually moved from hardware to software, next - to human-computer interface,
Developing Customized Instructional Software
Costs to faculty in time and costs for the purchase of software help inhibit widespread instructional computing. mpAuthor is an expensive program for DOS/IBM microcomputers; anyone able to use a word processor producing ASCII files can create menu-driven exercises. Several examples of its use are presented, including some to improve thinking and problem- solving skills. Strengths of the program include: minimal computer skills required (have students create exercises instead of a term paper or a
How Will You Continue The Legacy?
Celebrate Clemson history at Legacy Day Nov. 5 Students, faculty, staff, and alumni and friends are invited to learn about and celebrate Clemson history at Legacy Day from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Fort Hill. Legacy Day will feature tours of Fort Hill, a scavenger hunt for historical facts and trivia in the house, food and music by the Clemson University String Quartet. Participants will be able to leave their own mark on Clemson's legacy by signing the mat of a special Clemson pr
Symba: a Framework to Support Collective Activities in an Educational Context
Symba is a Web-based framework designed to support collective activities in a learning context. It has been constructed with a double objective, (1) make students explicitly work out their organization and (2) provide tailorability features to allow the students to decide about the tools and resources they want to be accessible in order to achieve the tasks they have defined. Symba dissociates an organizational level and an activity level. The organization level allows students to organi
Investigating Community Preparedness
This exercise is appropriate for high school, and some middle school students. It allows the students to look at how their community is preparing for possible disasters and then allows a simulation that demonstrate how difficult handling disasters can be. The exercise involves such skills as: planning, interviewing, writing, public speaking and analysis and problem solving.
River City Project
As visitors to River City, students travel back in time, bringing their 21st century skills and technology to address 19th century problems. With funding from the National Science Foundation, we have developed an interactive computer simulation for middle grades science students to learn scientific inquiry and 21st century skills. River City has the look and feel of a video game but contains content developed from National Science Education Standards, National Educational Technology Standards, a
CLT: Exploring Climate Events and Human Development
This animation on the Climate TimeLine (CTL) site depicts changes in land cover due to land use over the past 100 years. Data is based on census data, tax records, land surveys, and historical geography estimates. This visualization is the work of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM, Netherlands) and the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE, USA).
Teaching Direct Marketing and Small Farm Viability: Resources for Instructors
For farmers, growing crops is just one step in running a successful farm—making the farm or market garden economically viable requires another suite of skills, including finding land, planning what crops to grow, marketing the crops, and managing income and expenses. This resource builds on our experience educating hundreds of apprentice growers in organic production, farm and business planning, direct marketing at a roadside farm stand, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) management thr
Historic Pittsburgh, an extensive digital resource created at the University of Pittsburgh, offers both an entry point and substantive classroom resources for teachers of American History at various grade and university levels. This Web site enables access to historic material held by the University of Pittsburgh's University Library System, the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chatham College Archives, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, and Point
Indians and Europeans on the Northwest Coast, 1774–1812
The materials in this packet allow teachers and students to explore the earliest recorded history of the Pacific Northwest. The packet consists of roughly 30 primary documents, along with supplemental materials to help place the primary sources in historical context. These materials document the range of interactions and relationships between Native and Non-Native peoples along the Northwest Coast in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Do you want to get more out of drama? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary plays. You will learn about dialogue, stage directions, blank verse, dramatic structure and conventions and aspects of performance.