Joint Institute for the Atmosphere and Ocean
The Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) is a joint institute of NOAA and the University of Washington. This homepage makes a variety of data and resources available, including real-time and historical climate data, atlases and animations. Users can follow links to science information, JISAO programs and people, seminars and additional links.
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Interactive Lectures
Starting Point's introduction to Interactive Lectures, and more specifically their use in the entry level geoscience setting. This module on Interactive Lectures has strategies and specific examples of activities to involve students in large and small lecture-based classes. It includes discussions of what interactive lecture is, how and why it is used, and links the user to more specific examples and further resources.
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Ice Core Gateway
This site is home to a web-based browse and visualization tool for ice core data archived by the World Data Centers for Paleoclimatology and for Glaciology. This page offers several different ways of finding specific ice core data sets. Browsing can be done by project, by data type, geographically (via the Webmapper applet) and searches are possible by variable, PI and other criteria. Clickable regional maps a java applet which will display detailed maps of ice core data locations, and allow use
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NEXRAD National Mosaic Reflectivity Images
The NEXRAD National Mosaic Reflectivity site allows users to search for reflectivity images by date. Daily images are available for 1 April 1995 to 18 April 1997, and hourly images are available for 19 April 1997 to 22 March 2004. The images are clickable maps that allows users to zoom in and out of the United States reflectivity images.
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Wonderful Life: Genes and Evolution
This is the homepage for a course focusing on evolution, the nature of science, and how to write well. The course focuses on Burgess Shale and starts with "Wonderful Life" (Gould, 1989), to study arthropods, evolution, and geologic time from this point, but also analyze why Gould is such an effective writer. The course web site contains the syllabus, descriptions of assignments, links to helpful and interesting resources (including annotated lists of relevant books and scientific controversies),
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Order it up!
"Order It Up" is a free, downloadable computer game described on this Starting Point webpage. This Java applet could be the basis for a great think-pair-share activity about solar system statistics. This website describes the learning goals and context for this exercise, and gives teaching notes and materials, as well as a detailed list of additional programs and websites that could be used to craft a unique activity.
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Ocean Stratigraphy Challenge
This exercise is a complex puzzle that begins with a description of a stratigraphic section from a deep-sea core. Students are asked to explain the sequence of rock and sediment types and to devise an experiment to test this hypothesis. The Starting Point website describes the learning goals, context, teaching notes and materials, recommended assessment methods, and additional resource links for this activity.
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Borders
'Borders' begins with a short dramatic piece that introduces the issues of complicity, resistance, and boundaries. This work continues to investigate these themes in the style of a documentary. In the prologue, actor Steve Buscemi plays Ted, a young scientist who goes to work at a large scientific research facility. Here he develops ideas that, much to the dismay and rebuff of his jealous fellow researchers who gather around a vending machine, are embraced by his supervisors. The young scientist
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Trisha and Carmen
Burt Barr looks at the performance of 'Carmen' by Trisha Brown at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy Scenes include details of the ornate theater, both empty and with the audience stirring in their seats before the performance. Backstage, Trisha Brown speaks directly to the camera and prepares for the show with a makeup artist. In rehearsal clothes, a duet is shown over and over again. A woman treads her way across the space to her male partner, who slowly lowers her to the ground. This sa
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Designer Genes for a Designer World
In this series of guided inquiry activities, students explore how organisms adapt to their environments through changes in their genetic codes. The learner will: create make-believe creatures and environments that have specific characteristics; rate the success of each creature in a randomly assigned environment by examining which of the creature's characteristics help, hinder, or have no effect on the creature's success in each environment; write the genetic code for their creatures from a lis
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Multiwavelength Astronomy
presents images of our own galaxy and sun, other galaxies and stars, and other heavenly bodies as viewed from different portions (or frequencies) of the electromagnetic spectrum.
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Mission Biomes
The following two activities are designed for teachers to use in classrooms as supplementary, interdisciplinary units. Mission: Biomes is especially appropriate for grades 3 through 8, and is designed to be interactive and self-correcting which will allow each student to work at his or her own pace. Great Graph Match: Geo Grapher needs your help to match temperature and precipitation graphs for different locations to the biomes where they belong To Plant or Not to Plant?: Travel with Bill Botan
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WolfQuest
Learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Play alone or with friends in on-line multiplayer missions, explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in your quest to find a mate. Ultimately, your success will depend on forming a family pack, raising pups, and ensuring the survival of your pack. The WolfQuest experience goes beyond the game with an active online community where you can discuss the game with other players, chat with w
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Redes Inalámbricas en los Países en Desarrollo (Segunda edición en español)
The book is intended to be a comprehensive resource for technologists in the developing world, providing the information that they need to build real networks. By bringing this knowledge to the outer edges of the Internet, we hope to help jumpstart the construction of vital network infrastructure. Besides the topics included in the first edition, covering from basic radio physics and network design to equipment and troubleshooting, the second edition includes a new chapter dedicated to Voice ove
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The Robinson House: A Portrait of African American Heritage
Pieces together the story of the James Robinson family from artifacts found in archaeological excavations around the house where they lived for nearly a century. An African American born free in 1799, Robinson worked in a Virginia tavern earning nearly $500 to purchase 170 acres of land near Bull Run. There he built a log cabin, and his family turned the land into a prosperous farm, making him one of the wealthiest African Americans in the Manassas area in the mid-19th century.
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You Decide: Should the US adopt a single-payer, Universal Health Care Plan?
This educational guide focuses on health care issues in the US and whether or not it would be beneficial to adopt a single-payer, universal health care plan. Students are invited to examine the arguments on both sides of the debate, developing critical thinking skills as they work through the activities. Students will learn how to support their arguments with evidence and reason. It is expected that at the end of this guide students will determine where they stand on this controversial issue.
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Knowledge Is Power - Use It Wisely
In this lesson, students will work in teams to do further research on the ethics issues presented in the documentary The Nobel: Visions of Our Century.
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Proofreading
The aim of this lesson is to develop students' understanding of the importance of proofreading. It is the sixth lesson in the study skills series and is intended to support adult learners who are embarking on a course of study and need to acquire skills which will help them to be successful. The lessons are designed as a package with key skills reinforced in each subsequent lesson so that a study culture is developed over time. They can be delivered sequentially or used individually, as a whole
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Dinosaurs
This site helps students answer questions about dinosaurs: What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur? Where did they live? What caused their mass extinction? Students can participate in a virtual dinosaur discovery, follow milestones in dinosaur evolution, and see behind-the-scenes slide-shows of the lab environment where vertebrate specimens are prepared for exhibits and research.
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Eesti lülijalgsed
Eesti lülijalgsete (putukad, ämblikulaadsed, vähilaadsed ja hulkjalgsed) süstemaatiline ülevaade. Välisehitus, paljunemine ja ökoloogia, lisaks folkloorist. Ulatuslik illustreeritud materjal, viited jms. "Lülijalgsed" sobib nende selgrootute põhjalikuks tundmaõppimiseks, klassitunni illustreerimiseks ja muidugi lisainfo allikaks nii õpetajale kui õpilasele. Kindlasti saaks selle alusel korraldada tunde ka arvutiklassis, kuid siis peaks õpetaja leidma aega vastavad töölehed/küsimu
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