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Digging up discoveries
The students will study archeology, practicing their knowledge of spelling patterns and capitalization and punctuation skills along the way. The students will go to a teacher-created excavation and discover a surprise in a "rock" from the excavation. The students will then write about their experience.
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Categorization of tools and pedagogical approaches related to collaborative learning and CoPs
This deliverable presents a categorization of tools and a clarification of the notion of "scenario". It presents some existing taxonomies. The tools inventory and the proposed categorization focus on a user perspective. It takes into account data collected from CoPs, from PALETTE's partners and from the existing literature.,PALETTE deliverable - report number D.PAR.02 - 155 pages
Author(s): Denis Brigitte,Erpicum Martin,Boukottaya Aida,Dael

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Kaleidoscope JEIRP on Learning Patterns for the Design and Deployment of Mathematical Games: Final R
Over the last few years have witnessed a growing recognition of the educational potential of computer games. However, it is generally agreed that the process of designing and deploying TEL resources generally and games for mathematical learning specifically is a difficult task. The Kaleidoscope project, "Learning patterns for the design and deployment of mathematical games", aims to investigate this problem. We work from the premise that designing and deploying games for mathematical learning re
Author(s): Pratt Dave,Winters Niall,Alexopoulou Efi,Bligh Jam

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Students conceptions: an introduction to a formal characterization
We investigate in this paper the complexity of modeling students knowing of mathematics under the constraints of acknowledging both their possible lack of coherency and their local efficiency. For this purpose we propose a formalization of the notion of "conception" as a possible tool to answer the epistemological problem we identify. We apply then this approach to the study of the possible conceptions of "function", from an historical and then an epistemic point of view. We report the result of
Author(s): Balacheff Nicolas,Gaudin Nathalie

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Didactique computationnelle, évocation d'un projet de recherche.
L'objet de la didactique computationnelle est l'étude des problèmes liés à la construction, à la mise en oeuvre et au contrôle de processus didactiques représentés par des modèles symboliques calculables au sens du calcul par un dispositif informatique. Cette branche de la didactique est inséparable de la didactique expérimentale. Privée du questionnement épistémologique et de la validation de ses implémentations dans une démarche expérimentale rigoureuse, elle ne serait que la
Author(s): Balacheff Nicolas

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Scripting argumentative knowledge construction in computer-supported learning environments
Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments may encourage learners to engage in argumentative knowledge construction. Argumentative knowledge construction means that learners work together to elaborate on concepts by constructing arguments and counterarguments. This is achieved through discourse with the goal of acquiring knowledge within a specific domain. However, learners may encounter problems relating to one of three dimensions of argumentative knowledge construction. Firs
Author(s): Weinberger Armin,Stegmann Karsten,Fischer Frank,Ma

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The Road to Brown
This video segment looks at history of the NAACP's efforts to convince the Supreme Court that segregated schools were unconstitutional, leading up to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education cases.
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"Conclusions and Recommendations by the Committee of Six Disinterested Americans"
U.S. marines occupied Haiti from 1915 to 1934. By 1919, Haitian Charlemagne Péralte had organized more than a thousand cacos, or armed guerrillas, to militarily oppose the marine occupation. The marines responded to the resistance with a counterinsurgency campaign that razed villages, killed thousands of Haitians, and destroyed the livelihoods of even more. In 1926 the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) organized a committee to look into conditions in Haiti and offer alt
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Kissing Rudy Valentino: A High-School Student Describes Movie Going in the 1920s
Fears about the impact of movies on youth led to the Payne Fund research project, which brought together nineteen social scientists and resulted in eleven published reports. One of the most fascinating of the studies was carried out by Herbert Blumer, a young sociologist who would later go on to a distinguished career in the field. For a volume that he called Movies and Conduct (1933), Blumer asked more than fifteen hundred college and high school students to write "autobiographies"of their expe
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Frustration versus Fantasy: How the Movies Made Some People Restless
Fears about the impact of movies on youth led to the Payne Fund research project, which brought together nineteen social scientists and resulted in eleven published reports. One of the most fascinating of the studies was carried out by Herbert Blumer, a young sociologist who would later go on to a distinguished career in the field. For a volume that he called Movies and Conduct (1933), Blumer asked more than fifteen hundred college and high school students to write "autobiographies"of their expe
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Camella Teoli Testifies about the 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike
When 30,000 largely immigrant workers walked out of the Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile mills in January 1912, they launched one of the epic confrontations between capital and labor. The strike began in part because of unsafe working conditions in the mills, which were described in graphic detail in the testimony that fourteen-year-old millworker Camella Teoli delivered before a U.S. Congressional hearing in March 1912. Her testimony (a portion of which was included here) about losing her hair
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"We Did Not Have Enough Money": George Miller's Testimony about the 1919 Steel Strike
In the dramatic 1919 steel strike, 350,000 workers walked off their jobs and crippled the industry. The U.S. Senate Committee on Education and Labor set out to investigate the strike while it was still in progress. In his testimony before the committee, Clairton worker George Miller called the 1919 strike a quest for "a standard American living"--a phrase that was particularly meaningful to the Serbian-born Miller.
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"Get the Rope!" Anti-German Violence in World War I-era Wisconsin
In the early 20th century, German Americans were the nation's largest immigrant group. Although they were regarded as a model of successful assimilation, they faced vicious--and sometimes violent--attacks on their loyalty when the United States went to war against Germany in 1917. The most notorious incident was the lynching of German-born Robert Prager in Colinsville, Illinois, in April 1918. Other incidents stopped just short of murder. In a statement made on October 22, 1918, John Deml, a far
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What should we do about global warming?
The What Should We Do About Global Warming module is a 3-4 week science module designed for introductory college courses and uses data to tackle questions related to global warming. The module includes short and long term temperature trend data, along with IR spectra, concentration trend data for greenhouse gases, and information about the Kyoto Protocol. Many of the data are in graphs which are part of Quicktime movies. On this Starting Point page, teachers can find learning goals, teaching not
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The Color of Soil
This USDA soil-conservation education site has a variety of educational resources related to soil science. Users can follow links to soil facts, resources, organizations and professional development. Information on this site can be adapted for use in college geoscience classes, particularly the wide variety of photos and the GLOBE soil analysis protocols.
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Sir Charles Lyell
The Sir Charles Lyell collection at Bartleby.com contains scientific papers authored by Lyell such as The Progress of Geology and The Uniformity of Change. Users may follow links to other Harvard Classics as well as a variety of literary material.
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Using Popcorn to Simulate Radioactive Decay
In this activity popping popcorn is used to illustrate the spontaneity, unpredictability, and irreversible change associated with radioactive decay. This site provides notes and tips, a list of teaching materials and methods, and links to related online resources.
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McNamara's Whiz Kid
Alain Enthoven, an MIT economist, was the country's first assistant secretary of defense for systems analysis from 1965 to 1969. In this video segment, Enthoven recounts how public interpretation of 'flexible response' strategy ran counter to both the administration's overriding goal-to prevent nuclear war-and its bottom line: that nuclear war is unwinnable. In his interview conducted for War and Peace in the Nuclear Age: 'The Education of Robert McNamara,' Enthoven sets the stage for the missil
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Small Jubilee, A
'A Small Jubilee' presents images of student uprisings, amusement parks, and street scenes. The images are processed and animated and alternate between black and white and color saturated. Dramatic text with religious overtones by Shalom Gorewitz and Beo Morales is spoken as a voiceover and examines religious symbolism.
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'Since you asked..,' with Lucille Clifton
Emmy award-winning poet, Lucille Clifton, answers questions that students might typically ask a poet. The questions are: When did I start writing? When did I know I wanted to be a poet? Where do I get ideas? What do I write with? What is poetry anyway?
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