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
EngineSim and RangeGames Downloads
EngineSim was developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center in an effort to foster hands-on, inquiry-based learning in science and math. EngineSim is a simulator that models the design and testing of jet engines. The program works in two modes: Design Mode or Tunnel Test Mode. In the Design Mode, you can change design variables including the flight conditions, the engine size, the inlet performance, the turbo machinery compressor and turbine performance, the combustors or burner performance, or th
A Field Study of Interspecific Relationships
This exercise can be used to study population ecology, food webs and trophic levels. It is meant to give students a better understanding of the interrelatedness of organisms in a community by studying several common local relationships.
Analysing the significance of problem solving expertise and computational tool proficiency in design
This paper presents a pilot study to analyze the role of problem solving expertise (PSE) and computational tool proficiency (CTP) of expert and novice architects in the ideation process within a distributed cognition environment. To analyze PSE, we studied the frequency of occurrence of unique problem solving tasks per limited commitment mode (LCM) revisit. We also devised a quantitative measure for analyzing CTP based on the frequency of unique and normally distributed modeling activities per d
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
Social Studies Grade V: Costa Rica
Costa Rica Estudios Sociales V+VI: diferentes períodos de la historia de Costa Rica (Historia Antigua, Conquista, Colonia, Republica de 1821), Regiones Socioeconómicos, derechos e instituciones basado en el libro: Vamos a la secundaria de Raquel Bolanos Herrera. The module contains the following levels:* Getting ready: Indigenas en Costa Rica* Getting ready: Expanison Europea* Getting ready: Conquista* Getting ready: Epoca de Colonia* Getting ready: Independencia* Getting ready: Regiones Socio
Image-ing Our Foremothers: Art as a Means of Connecting with Women's History
This is an 8 week experience for the college student that begins by setting a learning context through using library resources, especially online databases, for locating images and art that reflect a chosen research topic and creating a mural that demonstrates the students’ comprehension of the chosen topic. The experience includes conducting research on 3 significant events or people in women’s US history. The written research will be accompanied by images or art that the student has chosen
Innovative Leadership during Economic Crisis
The same institutional tenets guiding innovative management during good times needn’t waver during a downturn, even the present one, says Emmanuel Maceda. After two decades at Bain, one of the world’s premiere management consulting businesses, Maceda feels confident in his company’s practices and principles, which have g
Sex Battles in the Brain
The expression of certain genes depends on whether they were inherited from the mother or the father, a phenomenon known as imprinting. Catherine Dulac has discovered that a surprisingly large number of brain genes are imprinted, often in complex ways. Her findings have broad implications for understanding the inheritance o
Contemplative Dimensions of Human Experience
In a mind-stretching talk covering the history of the planet, development of higher-order consciousness, and East-West religious practices, Trappist monk Thomas Keating claims that humanity is poised to take its next evolutionary step, to the “furthest levels of human understanding.”
Climate Change in a Changing World: Meeting the Needs of Humanity and the Planet
The “dominant story of the next century” will be one of either gloom or redemption, says Steven Hamburg, depending on how humanity chooses to address climate change. To date, Earth’s inhabitants have not meaningfully acknowledged this choice. Yet Hamburg retains a streak of optimism, based on his belief that br
Learning to last - skills, sustainability and strategy
This publication (2002) seeks to encourage integration of sustainability principles and practices into all levels of post-16 learning. Learning to Last is a joint venture from the Learning and Skills Development Agency, Forum for the Future and the government's Sustainable Development Education Panel.
What do we mean by "family"?
The idea of ‘family’ is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy. Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties both at the personal and policy levels. How do public debates relate to people’s everyday experiences of families? In this unit, you can explore the many attempts at defining ‘family’ and why these complex and contradictory meanings are important to us. We begin to unpick questions of power and inequality, to test our everyday assumptions about families, and
3.3 Long-run costs and economies of scale What makes it possible to offer more output for sale at a lower price? That was one of the questions with which Section 3.2 opened. Part of the answer is that the firm's cost curves, which reflect the technology it is using, may display falling average cost as output increases over a range of output levels. The other part of the answer is that market demand must be sufficient to justify successive expansions of output. A firm such as
What makes it possible to offer more output for sale at a lower price? That was one of the questions with which Section 3.2 opened. Part of the answer is that the firm's cost curves, which reflect the technology it is using, may display falling average cost as output increases over a range of output levels. The other part of the answer is that market demand must be sufficient to justify successive expansions of output. A firm such as
The role of teachers in the assessment of learning
This is a pamphlet from the Assessment Reform Group that resulted from the Assessment Systems for the Future project funded by the Nuffield Foundation, published in 2003. The assertion is that assessment focused on testing will divert teaching and learning, and ultimately have a negative impact on children and schools. Evidence demonstrates that in England the current testing regime results in a curriculum that is narrowed, pupils at the borders of levels are focused upon at the expense of other
School Sport Survey 2007/08
This national survey was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to gather information relating to levels of pupil participation in Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) by 5 -16 year olds.
Getting to Grips with Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP)
This pamphlet describes the process of Assessing Pupils’ Progress (APP): how judgements about a pupil’s attainment can with confidence be tied into the National Curriculum levels, tracked over time to assess their progress, and appropriate intervention made. APP uses national criteria which had been trialled in pilot schools before the launch. Though the DCSF has not made APP compulsory, all schools are being encouraged to adopt it as soon as is feasible and cease using other schemes of AfL.
An Evaluation of Teachers Trained Through Different Routes to Certification
This is a research report, commissioned by the Institution of Education Sciences in the United States (US). It compares the achievement of elementary (primary) school pupils in the same grade, at the same schools. For the purposes of this research, these pupils had been randomly assigned to teachers who chose to be trained through different routes to certification – broadly traditional certification (TC) and alternative certification (AC) education school routes. The evaluation found that stud
This unit is the first in the MSXR209 series of five units that introduce the idea of modelling with mathematics. This unit centres on a mathematical model of how pollution levels in the Great Lakes of North America vary over a period of time. It demonstrates that, by keeping the model as simple as possible extremely complex systems can be understood and predicted.
3. The challenge of change
In this unit, aimed at teachers of Physical Education, we begin by looking at some of the common misconceptions relating to fitness and activity levels together with accepted definitions of these concepts. We consider how active young people should actually be, and discuss how PE teachers can ensure they are making an effective contribution to this area of public health.