Interview on KPFA's Letters to Washington radio show
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President Ulysses S. Grant: Let Us Have Peace
This two minute video shows how the lasting effects of the Civil War impacted Grant's presidency. He tried to use troops to stop terrorists in the South from killing and abusing African Americans.
Death of President Garfield
The sad tail of the murder of Garfield and his suffering before dying. Not for the timid.
A short history of Thanksgiving. This two minute video does not have any narration. It uses some quotes. For older students.
Hinterland Who's Who of the Wolf
A one minute video that helps people understand the many wrong views of the wolf that has recently being delisted as an endangered animal by the Department of Interior depsite being few in numbers. This is a great video as it shows the nature of the wolf. There are also more videos listed on the site about other types of animals. Run time 01:02.
"All's Well That Ends Well" anonymous 18th Century (poetry reading)
Misogyny isn't funny any more. How strange it is that humour changes so quickly. Very few things that used to be considered funny are able to amuse us today. Shakespeare's comedy isn't funny. I can think of a few exceptions - Winnie the Pooh, for instance - but in the main, old comedy isn't funny now. Can you watch old TV shows such as I Love Lucy and laugh? Humour is like Art - it has periods and it progresses by innovation. Any example can be identified by century - even by decade in t
Starbucks grows coffee in China
Yunnan coffee bean farm marks first time Starbucks is growing its own coffee, as U.S. chain eyes further expansion in China
Suu Kyi back to work
Just two days after her release from house arrest, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets members of her political party.
Treating trauma of volcano victims
Psychiatric hospitals in Central Java, Indonesia report an increase in patients following the deadly eruptions of Mount Merapi volcano.
A Study of the Response to Accountability and Standardized Testing in a State University System: Pre
This study was an investigation of the perceptions of university certification officers in teacher education in a state university system regarding university responses to accountability, standardized testing, predictive models, gatekeeping, and intervention strategies, and incorporates the issues of social justice and ethics. This study also includes the development of a predictive model to predict results on the Praxis II Elementary Education: Curriculum Instruction and Assessment (ELED:CIA) t
In Search of One's Pack: A Narrative Study of a Working-Class Woman in the Academy
Utilizing an autobiographical approach by comparing and contrasting my story with other scholars’ stories whose social-class backgrounds are similar to mine, and by analyzing this information through the works of scholars whose research has helped others working in the fields of composition and teaching, I explore the crisscrossing of the female sex, working class, and academia. This exploration attempts to uncover the influences of social class and gender on an academic from a working-class b
Writing to Learn Mathematics: A Mixed Method Study
This study sought to address a research gap by studying students who had been taught mathematics using writing. The purpose of this study was to provide an analysis of students’ perceptions of the benefits and drawbacks of this pedagogical approach. The types of writing students performed in mathematics classes were described, and students’ preferences regarding these tasks were analyzed. Finally, a comparison was made between female and male students’ responses in order to see whether gen
Toward Cognitive Tutoring in a Collaborative, Web-Based Environment
A potentially powerful way to aid in the authoring of intelligent tutoring systems is to directly leverage student interaction log data. While problem-solving data has been used in the past to guide the development of tutors, such data has not been used as a means to directly construct an initial tutoring system model. We propose an approach called bootstrapping novice data (BND) in which a problem-solving tool is integrated with tutor development software through log files and that integration
Analysis and Intelligent Support of Learning Communities in Semi-structured Discussion Environments
Conventional discussion environments provide the technical platform for distributed discussion and collaboration, but apart from some statistical data collected, rarely provide information about the collaborative interactions taking place within the environement or even support the discussion by stimulating the learning setting according to the current situation. In this article we present our approach for intelligent support of groups of learners in distributed web-based discussion environments
Nineteenth Century Europe
This course covers the political, social and cultural history of Europe from 1815 to 1900, including the history of each major European nation.
Situational knowledge in physics: The case of electrodynamics
Major difficulties for a novice physics problem solver are how to interpret new problems and how to combine information given in the problem with information already known. A domain expert, by contrast, has the knowledge to take full advantage of problem features at a glance. It takes a long period of practice to acquire such situational knowledge, and it would be desirable for this to be taught more effectively. As a first step, this requires information on how situational knowledge differs acr
Internet Scout Project
The free access portion of the Atlapedia Online site, Countries A to Z, provides an attractive political and physical map of each country of the world, including basic information such as its capital, system of government, population, geography, climate, religions, languages, currency, modern history, trading partners, exports, military, and more. Giving students of any age access to interesting and fun facts, the database can be searched easily or browsed by the first letter of each country. Al
VCLab as an Example of GRIDifying Virtual Scientific Experiments
This paper describes and summarizes the current state of the development for making the Virtual Control Laboratory (VCLab) a GRID application within the ELeGI project. It introduces shortly into GRID techniques and shows how this GRIDifying process is performed to offer virtual scientific experiments (VSE) on the GRID. The architecture and some technical details of the prototype implementation are presented. The next steps in the development are outlined concerning the collaboration aspects of
Students will explore fractions, decimals, percents, and circle graphs with M&M's.
Children's mental models of recursive logo programs
Children who had a year of Logo programming experience were asked to think-aloud about what brief Logo recursive programs will do, and then to predict with a hand-simulation of the programs what the Logo graphics turtle will draw when the program is executed. If discrepancies arose in this last phase, children were asked to explain them. A prevaient but misguided "looping" interpretation of Logo recursion was identified, and this robust mental model persisted even in the face of contradiction be