How language works - The cognitive science of linguistics
Students studying linguistics and other language sciences for the first time often have misconceptions about what they are about and what they can offer them. They may think that linguists are authorities on what is correct and what is incorrect in a given language. But linguistics is the science of language; it treats language and the ways people use it as phenomena to be studied much as a geologist treats the earth. Linguists want to figure out how language works. They are no more in the busin
Cosmic Survey: What are Your Ideas About the Universe?
Lesson plans and activity composed of a three-part questionnaire that launches students on discussions about where objects in space are located, and when they were formed- an introduction to the concepts of structure and evolution of the universe. This astronomical image-sorting activity lays the groundwork for discussions about the size, scale and history of the universe. Use it as a front-end assessment of how students understand the universe. Recommended for teachers of Grades 6-12 and inform
The Internet is a vast network that connects many smaller groups of linked computer networks, on and through which information is stored and transmitted. The "interconnected" character of the Internet is one of the things that makes it so popular and powerful in facilitating communication and electronic commerce. However, "interconnectivity" has also given rise to increasing legal controversy and turmoil. Various methods of enhancing or exploiting the web-like structure of the Internet have been
China Dust Storm seen by Terra-MODIS and Earth Probe-TOMS in April of 2001
A thick shroud of dust appears over China on April 6-7, 2001. The densest portion of the aerosol pollution travels east over China, Russia, Japan, the Pacific Ocean, Canada, and The United States.
China Dust Storm seen by Earth Probe-TOMS in April of 2001
A thick shroud of dust appears over China on April 6 and 7, 2001. The densest portion of the aerosol pollution travels east over China, Russia, Japan, the Pacific Ocean, Canada, and the United States.
Elementary GLOBE: We all need soil!
A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary GLOBE Series. Each student will explore three activities that promote understanding of and respect for soil. They will generate responses to the following questions: "What makes up soil?" and "What lives in the soil?" Next the students will watch a demonstration of how much soil there is on Earth that is available for human use. Last they will create their own soil connection sentences. The purpose of this activity is to introduce
Electronic Commerce: The Strategic Perspective
This book is written both for practitioners and business students. Managers wishing to understand how electronic commerce is revolutionizing business will find that our comprehensive coverage of essential business issues (e.g., pricing and distribution) answers many of their questions. Advanced business students (junior, seniors, and graduate students) will find that the blend of academic structure and practical examples provides an engaging formula for learning. 115 page pdf.
Information Technology for Management
This book is designed for business students with no particular background in information systems. Its primary goal is to help prepare students to assume an active and significant role in the management, design, and use of information technology. This edition stresses the changes enabled by IT. Each chapter begins with a short Focus on Change because technology is creating dramatic changes in the way individuals, work groups, organizations, and even governments function.
Marriage, Family Structure & Economic Development, Spring 2008
Families and households are universal in world history. Their specific forms, however, vary widely through time and across countries and regions of the world. This course aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of diverse family structures, as well as the connections between the family life and broader socio-economic environment in which they are embedded. We will examine how conditions in the economy, labor market, households, and culture of a society can influence the well-being a
From the structure and function of organelles to communication on a molecular level, these materials explore the inner-most workings of cells in a dynamic and realistic way. Integrate the Print-and-Go activities below with the online activities available in the Amazing Cells section on Learn.Genetics to provide a good picture of what a cell does during its "resting phase. Tour the information on the rest of this page for teaching tips and background information.
Dynamic Gene is designed to let students learn about plant genomes by using bioinformatics to analyze newly sequenced genes in rice and maize. Many of these genes have only been predicted by computers and have never been closely examined by human beings! The site's name emphasizes the gene both as a dynamic structure that changes through evolutionary time, but also as a dynamic concept that changes with our increasing knowledge of genome organization. The design for Dynamic Gene recalls the "str
Correlates of Desistance
There is no question that life in America has changed drastically in the past fifty years. Given the importance of examining historical change inherent in the life course perspective, it is important to determine how changes in the social structure over time impact individuals. Therefore, the goals of this data analysis exercise are to examine changes in marriage and employment over the last fifty years. The purposes are to identify the changes that have taken place, and to hypothesize how these
"Ain't I a Woman?" Motherhood and Status Deprivation
The proposed exercises are to be used in my Sociology of Family and my Society and Power courses. The exercise would seem to work best with readings or discussions of gender, family structure, social stratification and life chances. The activity begins with a modified version of an SSDAN exercise created created by Elizabeth Jordan, "The Explosion of Teenage Motherhood: Myth or Reality?" The concluding activity, exercise 2, is designed to give students an introduction to generating and testing a
The American Jury: Bulwark of Democracy
"The American Jury: Bulwark of Democracy" is a project of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago and is the national expansion of "The American Jury: Past and Present," conducted in Illinois during 1998-1999. Beginning with a two-week institute in July 1999, "The American Jury" focused on the jury system in the United States. its role in American legal, social, and political life; its origins and history; its adaptations to changes in law and American society; its strengths and limitations
Object of History
The Object of History is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media. The project was conceived of in an effort to find a low cost way for students and teacher of U.S. History to have access to the museum’s collections and the expertise of the curators. As a result the materials on the site are designed to improve students’ content knowledge of standard topics in U.S. History and to imp
Prion Problem Space
Prions are relatively small proteins that display dramatically alternate conformations for similar primary structures. Abnormal conformations appear to cause fatal neurological diseases in a wide variety of mammals. Researchers are discovering the mechanisms behind these conformational changes, including differences that may lead to species barriers (or lack thereof) among exposed animals. How do these conformations differ? How do small sequence differences affect susceptibility to conformationa
Holidays and celebrations -- Feste feiern party
At the completion of this lesson you will know more about the celebrations in Germany, about the many festivals that are celebrated and especially about the famous Christmas markets.
Listening, speaking, grammar: Entschuldigung, which spät ist ash, bitte?
At the end of this lesson you can ask what time it is and read the clock.
A practical plan for implementing investigative laboratories
This resource outlines methods developed to promote investigative instead of demonstrative laboratory exercises as means of teaching concepts and introducing students to the scientific process. Students are guided through a variety of modular studies from which they can then formulate and test their own hypotheses.
Strong reactions to NYSE deal
Summary of business headlines: New Yorkers react to Deutsche Boerse, NYSE Euronext deal; Retail sales up less than forecasts; U.S. stocks close lower in light volume session.