Dialectics for collective activities: an approach to virtual campus design
This contribution is an attempt to systematise our approach to the design of a virtual campus. Activities in the recently started TECFA virtual campus rely on Internet tools, but they concern both distance teaching and presential interactions. Designing learning activities is relatively easy when the learning goal is an activity in itself. In this contribution, we explain how we extend the learning by doing approach to the acquisition of declarative knowledge. After fulfilling a pseudo-task,
Antarctica as an Educational Resource
As an educational resource, Antarctica is extremely broad in scope with the potential to contribute to a number of study areas, from the sciences to history, sociology, and politics. Authored by molecular biologist Clive Evans at the University of Auckland, this Web site provides a convenient resource for introducing Antarctica into the classroom and could be adapted for a range of grade levels. Luckily for life science educators, the site focuses primarily on Antarctic biology, adaptation, huma
Internet Scout Project
Presented by the private educational service Columbia Education Center (CEC), the Science Lesson Plans page gives teachers access to several hundred categorized lesson plans. The plans are divided into K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade levels, and cover all areas of science. Giving teachers a good resource of quality information, each no-frills link brings up a single page description of the lesson plan that includes an overview, purpose, objective, materials needed, and additional resources information.
Giving teachers a hand(book) to develop ict-enhanced skills
Shared web-based knowledge bases, enriched with the possibilities of discussing about their content and of proposing new one, seem to offer the opportunity to diffuse pedagogical innovation. To this aim, the knowledge base should enable teachers to put their own ideas at colleagues disposal; and moreover, to improve their pedagogical knowledge by availing themselves of colleagues proposals and suggestions. Thus, personal growth evolves in shared knowledge and vice-versa, facilitating the for
Internet Scout Project
The Beach Erosion site of the WhyFiles (last mentioned in the August 9, 1996 Scout Report), a project funded by the graduate school of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been recently updated. Its newest addition includes a story about the population of the tiny Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu that is preparing to abandon its home due to rising sea levels. The site takes a look at this subject and the resulting increased beach erosion that takes place around the world. Visitors can read ab
Science and Technology of Mental Illness
This site provides six lessons that help students understand what mental illnesses are. PET images show changes in the brain and how treatment can change activity levels and restore functioning. Case studies and other activities explore differences among illnesses, risk factors, and treatment plan goals. Students develop a brochure to inform people about mental illness.
Toward a Web based environment for Evaluation and Design of Pedagogical Hypermedia
In order to guide and help the educational Web sites authors in the conception/evaluation process of their prototypes, it is especially interesting to propose them interactive guides. Among the existent interactive guides, only few offer a good content structure or an appropriate navigation in their system. We propose a web based system used to help teachers to design multimedia documents and to evaluate their prototypes. Our current research objectives are to create a methodology to sustain the
SAP "disappointed" by Oracle damages
Germany's SAP says it's "disappointed" by a U.S. jury's decision that it has to pay Oracle $1.3 billion for software theft - damages which could be the largest-ever for copyright infringement.
A Grid Services Implementation for a Virtual Research Environment
In the past, virtual learning and research environments have typically been implemented as monolithic systems. Current research focuses on creating such environments from selected Grid and Web services. In this paper we describe the Virtual Orthopaedic European University, which was created to support Higher Surgical Trainees to provide evidence for their learning contracts by carrying out experiments and publishing the results. We use this environment as a case study for the re-implementation
The Collaborative Visualization Project
Il ruolo delle nuove tecnologie per superare le difficoltà di apprendimento in aritmetica
Nell’articolo si fa riferimento a varie sperimentazioni che abbiamo realizzato per studiare il ruolo che le tecnologie dell’infromazione e della comunicazione possono svolgere nel superamento delle difficoltà che emergono nell’apprendimento in campo aritmetico e nella soluzione di problemi aritmetici. L’approccio che abbiamo seguito ha come riferimento la teoria della “distributed cognition”, secondo cui la conoscenza è sempre contestualizzata, distribuita negli strumenti, nelle at
Musical Games (Part 2)
Musical games for children at all levels in which they learn how to keep a pulse and to make weather sounds.
Determining the Sources of Delay in a Distributed Learning Environment
In the context of LeGE-WG we expect to see the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA) being used as a guiding framework for the future deployment of Distributed Learning Environment (DLEs). OGSA is totally service-oriented and it has been known for sometime that Quality of Service (QoS) is key to the success of DLEs. Delay in particular, as experienced by the end user, is one of the key QoS parameters for a DLE. This paper describes techniques for identifying sources of such delay, and a model f
An investigation of using the computer for reading and writing in the English classroom in secondary
This paper presents an investigation of using the computer in English teaching at the secondary school in the UK, particularly in respect of reading and writing skills. Many studies suggest that the computer brings significant possibilities for promoting the teaching of reading and writing in the English classroom. The computer can enhance the development of reading and writing. This study adopted interviews as research technique and some student teachers in a university and some English teacher
An analysis of the SRL potential of a Technology Enhanced Learning Environment based on the software
This report presents an analysis of the potential support to Self-Regulated Learning granted by a multimedia environment aiming to lead students of junior high-school to reason consistently on environmental issues. The analysis is made by applying a check-list developed within the European project TELEPEERS.,research Report
Are well-designed Web sites efficient for learning mathematics at the undergraduate level?
We conducted an experiment in order to examine the effectiveness of an educational Web site, which provides resources to undergraduate students in mathematics. The participants' task was to solve 18 questions about differential equations. Students in the paper condition outperformed those in Web site conditions. There was no difference between the original and an improved Web site version. Moreover, students in all conditions preferred working with the paper resource. Practical and theoretical i
When Values Conflict: How citizens stakeholders and experts contributed to formulating policy for ma
For over 40 years the UK Government has avoided the question of what to do with its radioactive waste. Sufficient wastes now exist in the UK to fill the Royal Albert Hall five times over. To solve this problem, the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) created the largest public consultation exercise ever conducted in the UK, resulting in a set of recommendations forwarded to the government this past July. This lecture will explain a key element in the process adopted by CoRWM. The l
Plan of the Grand Central Hotel
Pre 1913 plan showing the Grand Central Hotel and Santorium Co. Ltd. on St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ont.
Author and activist Greg Mortenson speaks on campus
The College of Charleston presented "An Afternoon with Greg Mortenson," #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Three Cups of Tea," the 2010 The College Reads! book selection. Nearly 5,000 people attended the November 11 event in the Carolina First Arena.
Time Tracker teaches young children how to tell time using an analog clock. There are ten educational levels ranging from simple hour hand manipulation to complex double-digit subtraction. Upper level equations show a deactivated clock representing the "current" time in conjunction with the main active play clock representing the "configurable" time. Time Tracker uses dynamic leveling algorithm to adjust to the child's ability.