The benefits to employers of raising workforce basic skills levels: a review of the literature
This paper summarises the literature on the benefits which employers derive from raising the basic skills levels of the workforce. Because the evidence on basic skills in the workplace is still quite sparse, the review also covers the benefits to individuals of improving basic skills and looks at the literature on the benefits of training for employers, and employees, more generally. The aims of the literature review were to review and synthesise the existing literature on the economic and wide
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Thermodynamics (Part 1) - Khan Academy
Salman Khan offers his intuition of how gases generate pressure in a container and why pressure x volume is proportional to the combined kinetic energy of the molecules in the volume. This video, which is suitable for high school students, starts with a black screen because the instructor, in his conversational tone, uses it as a 'chalkboard.' Instructor uses different colors for clarification. (09:49)
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Effects of agricultural activities on insect species richness in the intensively cultivated landscap
As signatory of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), China supports the 2010 Biodiversity Target to achieve a significant reduction in the current rate of biodiversity loss by the year 2010. This very ambitious goal must be seen against the background of a huge knowledge gap prevailing particularly with regard to patterns of insect diversity in space and time. Our collaborative research is trying to be instrumental in addressing the aforementioned knowledge gap by investigating how dif
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Secret History of the Freemasons (Part 6 of 9)
Discovery Channel video. Secret History of the Freemasons (2007) Part 6.
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Phase separation in solid solution upon cooling: laser beam projection
As video "Phase separation in solid solution upon cooling: vial projection", but filmed looking into the laser light after it has passed through the vial (i.e. the video is of the laser beam as projected onto a screen): The vial contains a mixture of cyclohexane and aniline cooling from 35º. When the critical temperature is reached and the mixture goes from a single phase to two phases, the spot of light on the screen is disrupted as the phases separate. The spot 'flickers' and then becomes tot
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Arthur's TV Trouble Read-Aloud Online Storybook
This read-aloud is Arthur's TV Trouble written and illustrated by Marc Brown. After a television ad convinces Arthur that his puppy, Pal, needs a Treat Timer to dispense dog biscuits, he finds that he can think of little else. Arthur works to earn the $19.95 (nonrefundable), then buys the Treat Timer (some assembly required), but its lights, noises, and rocketing treats frighten Pal. The money's gone, the gadget's a dud, and Arthur's learned his lesson. There is a play button to start the s
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SteveSongs 5 Smiles Song
This song from SteveSongs uses changing a frown into a smile to practice counting, basic addition, and subtraction skills.  Scenes are shot in a playground.  (1:41)
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Tissue engineering and stem cell technology
A lecture, "Tissue engineering and stem cell technology" given by Prof ZhanFeng Cui, University of Oxford, at the 10th OIBC Spring Symposium, held jointly with the Department for Continuing Education, at St Edward's School, Oxford, on 4 March 2009. Visit http://media.conted.ox.ac.uk/oibc2 to view the full presentation from Prof ZhanFeng Cui, including his slides.
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2011 Utzon Lecture Series: Peter Singer - Building Values
Prof Peter Singer (Princeton University) discusses the way in which our decisions about the kind of built environment we choose to create, and to live in, should take into account the interests of others, whether present or future, human or nonhuman. Australian-born philosopher Peter Singer is frequently acknowledged as a major force in modern bioethics. Peter has taught at the University of Oxford, La Trobe University and Monash University, as well as holding several visiting appointments. He
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Bill of Rights Rap
Students might like this video that explains the Bill of Rights as a rap song. This could set the table for students to create their own rap songs on various Constitutional issues.

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California State University - Rural Teaching Residency
This website is a teaching commons resulting from a partnership between MERLOT and the author of the site.  Other MERLOT partner communities can be found here:  http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm?action=communities'The Rural Teacher Residency (RTR) is a pathway that bundles the Master's in Education with a multiple subject or education specialist preliminary credential. Residents participate with cohorts of general and special education Residents to cultivate Professional Learning
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The Prefixes UN and RE
In this very brief 'Between the Lions' video, the prefixes UN and RE are addressed. Suitable for second through fourth grades. The video is slightly blurry.
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Gradation within Christianity
This video shows the answer to the second question in the interview to George Gallup. "How would you parcel Amercian Religion experience, how would you divide the population?" Gallup explains the gradation of denomiations within Christianity.
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Martin Luther Sparks a Revolution
This three minute video explains the German monk's questioning of Catholic dogma that leads to the Protestant Reformation though his questioning of the values of the Catholic Church and its sale of indulgent behavior. A good biography.
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The Cult of Hades
This 2:35 video is aobut the followers of Hades, the Greek god of the Underworld, and that followers are believed to have worshipped at a cave site at Eleusis, Greece. Very good video. Excellent use of images.
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Santeria in Cuba
A five minute video of brief Santeria History and a ritual preparation to Saint Lazarus. Also introduces the ideas of the Saints' dual identities within Santeria. This video includes ritual bloodletting of a chicken and is quite graphic.

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Reformation Series #2 - John Calvin
July 10th is John Calvin's 500th birthday - (1509-2009) A very brief outline of the life of John Calvin, one of the fathers of the Reformation. Remember October 31st is Reformation Day!
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Reformation Series #4 - George Whitefield
George Whitefield was one of the greatest Reformation preachers of the eighteenth century. Traveling from England to the New World Colonies (U.S.A.) and Scotland repeatedly he became known as the Grand Itinerant. He was one of the preachers who were a part of the revival known as the "Great Awakening." Words are written on the screen, song: The Mark of A Man of God, by Steve Camp.
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Dr Francis Macnab - The Ultimate Meaning of Protestant Religion. St Michaels Church
Dr Francis Macnab address - about the ultimate meaning of the protestant religion and how we have buried it. St Michaels church on Collins Melbourne
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Measuring the Immeasurable: The Costs & Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation
Decisions on whether and how much mitigation of the risks of dangerous climate change is justified raises exceptional challenges. In this lecture Professor Garnaut discusses the issues that arise when we measure and compare market and non-market costs with the benefits of climate change mitigation. He explores the value judgements that must be made when comparing welfare of people with different incomes and wealth, living in different countries, at different times. He also looks at how these con
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