How to Improve Critical Thinking Using Educational Technology
Critical thinking is one of education's central goals and most valued outcomes, but it can difficult to teach effectively. The Reason! project has developed the Reason!Able software as part of a general method aimed at enhancing critical thinking skills. This paper describes the challenges involved, the theoretical basis of the Reason! project, the Reason!Able software, and results of intensive evaluation of the Reason! approach.
GeoPad: Information Technology for Field Science Education and Research
This website provides an overview of the GeoPad project, the software and hardware components of the unit, and a listing of publications, presentations, and case studies. The GeoPad is a TabletPC equipped with wireless networking, a portable GPS receiver, digital camera, microphone-headset, voice-recognition software, GIS software, and supporting, digital, geo-referenced data-sets. The unit allows scientists to go out in the field as a group or individually, collect GPS-referenced data and share
Field Project Tutorials: A Virtual (Structural) Field Project
This virtual five-day field mapping project allows students to construct a geological map from data provided by the web site. Students collect geologic, structural, paleontologic, strain and microstructural data observed at specific localities. Students are then able to derive a structural history for the area, including a field map, stereographs, and deformation plots. The site contains photographs and images, data, and all information that is needed to complete the exercise. It also provides s
Movie in the Making
In this project students will report on a book by describing how they would turn that book into a motion picture. After reading and studying the main components of their novel (character, plot, conflict, climax and denouement), students will use their imaginations to explain how they would cast and direct the movie versions. This project also provides enrichment activities where in the students will access archived materials such as the Academy Awards Data Base, movie posters, and movie reviews.
1850?: Joseph Slocum, Portrait
This image is a portrait of Joseph Slocum, father of Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage. He is wearing a dark suit with a brocade waistcoat, a white shirt, and a dark cravat. His left hand rests inside his jacket, and his right arm is held away from his body, perhaps resting on a shelf or table.,This portrait shows the Hon. Joseph Slocum, Olivia's father. His career included, in addition to the business ventures documented here, one term as New York State Representative for his district -- a bribe, it
Stereotypes of the French
This unit comprises four major lessons which are distinct yet cumulative. In the first lesson, the students will lay the groundwork for their examination of French stereotypes by generating those stereotypes themselves. They may draw, write, or find examples of what they think are "typical" French things. In the second lesson, they will be required to change perspective -- instead of being the examiners, they will be the examined culture. Students will look at various examples of stereotypes of
Environmental Catalyst Module
In the Environmental Catalysis Module, a joint project with the Institute for Environmental Catalysis at Northwestern University, students learn what a catalyst is and become aware of the use of catalysis to promote environmental protection. Besides introducing the concept of catalysis, the module also focuses other issues such as catalytic selectivity, specificity, poisoning, condition optimization, and waste minimization. The first activity of the module introduces the concept of catalysis in
Artist in Search of a Medium: Jonathon Keats
SPARK trails writer, critic, and Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats as he works on his project, Divine Taxonomy, which attempts to find God's place on the phylogenetic tree. This Educator Guide explores the history of Conceptual art and the role of science in contemporary art.
Enhancing a Poetry Unit
This is a teaching unit that leads students to the famous Federal Writers Project and gets them started writing found poems. Among the examples is a free verse poem written after reading an account of surviving the Blizzard of 1888.
Doing the Decades, 1890-1941: Group Investigations in Twentieth Century U.S. History
This is a two-month team research project for 9-10th graders that uses Library of Congress resources to focus on long-term change in U.S. history. Students gather, analyze, and evaluate primary and secondary sources; develop their own conclusions; and refine their writing.
The Experience of MADD’s Protecting You/Protecting Me: Using Evaluation to Enhance Program Develop
Protecting You/Protecting Me (PY/PM) is a classroom-based alcohol-use prevention program developed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for students in grades 1–5. The goal of the intervention is to prevent injury and death of children and youth due to underage consumption of alcoholic beverages and vehicle crashes when riding with impaired drivers. Development of PY/PM began in the summer of 1998. In spring 2002, PY/PM was named a Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Serv
Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982
The Buckaroos in Paradise Collection presents documentation of a Nevada cattle-ranching community, with a focus on the family-run Ninety-Six Ranch. The documentation was largely the work of the Paradise Valley Folklife Project (1978-1982), a research initiative conducted by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. This collection presents 41 motion pictures and 28 sound recordings that tell the story of life and work on the Ninety-Six Ranch and of its cowboys, known in the region
All History Is Local: Students as Archivists
This site tells how students at the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Statisticsematics and Science and Technologys analyzed archival materials, developed digital collections, and made their projects available online in the Arkansas Memory Project. This learning activity, modeled after the Library of Congress's American Memory project, is designed so that teachers and students from other states and communities may adapt it to create their own local history Memory Projects.
European Rulers of the 1st Millennium AD
This is a gapfill quiz. The idea behind the quiz is to help a player acquire an overview of European history through looking at some of the leaders that have shaped Europe's history. The project is far from complete and so far only includes leaders up to the tenth century. Anyone who wishes to edit this quiz is free to do so. The information about the leaders has largely come from wikipedia. All I have done is cut and paste the page then edit it down to an even briefer description of the leader'
When Evil Intrudes (Twenty Years After: The Legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study)
Twenty years ago Peter Buxtun, a public health official working for the United States Public Health Service, complained to a reporter for the Associated Press that he was deeply concerned about the morality of an ongoing study being sponsored by the Public Health Service--a study compiling information about the course and effects of syphilis in human beings based upon medical examinations of poor black men in Macon County, Alabama. The men, or more accurately, those still living, had been coming
Virtual Maths - Basic Structures, bending moment uniformly distributed load
Interactive simulation demonstrating bending moment of uniformly distributed load
The Olympic Region Harmful Algal Blooms
This is the website of the Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) partnership, which was organized to develop collaboration and cooperation among federal, state and local management agencies, coastal Indian tribes, marine resource-based businesses, public interest groups, and academic institutions. The ORHAB partnership investigates the origins of blooms of toxic algae, monitors where and when the blooms occur, assesses the environmental conditions conducive to blooms and toxification of int
Tardigrade Species Distribution Project: Lesson Plan
This online lesson plan was designed for students taking part in the active research project to document the distribution of a new species of tardigrade, a microscopic invertebrate animal. The project is part of a nationwide online collaborative research project. The lesson plan offers instructional procedures for teachers and lists materials and procedures for collecting, observing, and culturing tardigrades. The lesson involves collecting samples in the field, examining and classifying tartigr
Single-Celled Organisms Unit
This Project Oceanography lesson plan (PDF) explores the symbiotic relationships of single-celled organisms. In this activity, students will compare and contrast three types of symbiotic relationships, describe the relationship between zooxanthellae (a dinoflagellate) and coral, and explain the effects of nitrogen-fixing bacteria on their symbiotic partners. It begins with an introduction to symbiotic relationships, the dinoflagellate/coral system, and cyanobacteria, and then features an interac