Learning from the Fossil Record
This is a hypertext version of a book originally published by the Paleontological Society. The book was written to accompany an educational workshop Learning from the Fossil Record presented for K-16 educators at the 1996 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of American in Denver, Colorado. The workshop was intended to give K-12 teaches information on how scientists use fossil evidence to reconstruct the past. It also offered ideas about using paleontology to teach the scientific process.
Gödel, Escher, Bach
What do one mathematician, one artist, and one musician all have in common? Are you interested in zen Buddhism, math, fractals, logic, paradoxes, infinities, art, language, computer science, physics, music, intelligence, consciousness and unified theories? Get ready to chase me down a rabbit hole into Douglas Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize winning book Gödel, Escher, Bach. Lectures will be a place for crazy ideas to bounce around as we try to pace our way through this enlightening tome. You will b
Introductory Statistics: Concepts, Models, and Applications
The book, Introductory Statistics: Concepts, Models, and Applications, presented in the following pages represents over twenty years of experience in teaching the material contained therein. The high price of textbooks and a desire to customize course material for my own needs caused me to write this material. This Web text and associated exercises is a continuing project. Check back often for updates.
The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery
The book The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery examines the impact that software and massive amounts of distributed data have had on the sciences. Collaboration using new Web 2.0 tools is facilitating entirely new forms of research depending heavily on how well its researchers collaborate with one another, and with technologists, in areas of eScience such as databases, workflow management, visualization, and cloud computing technologies. The book examines how technology i
Marine Organisms for Aquaria and Their Required Maintenance
What can you do with an ocean animal aquarium in your classroom? How can you involve the students in its set-up and maintenance? How can you keep the students' interest level high and continue to have the aquarium be a focal point of activities, rather than neglected once the initial novelty wears off? And... How can you use the aquarium to teach across curriculum areas? This teachers' guide is intended to help you with the answers to these questions. What follows are suggestions for activities
Mark Twain at Mono Lake: Chapters 38 and 39 of Mark Twain's Roughing It
This book excerpt is from Roughing It, Mark Twain's humorous account of his western travels in the late 1860's. The excerpt includes Chapters 38 and 39, which account for Twain's visit to Mono Lake. While the text contains exaggerations (often deliberate) and some factual errors, it is an enjoyable historical reference. This Mono Basin Clearinghouse site provides a menu of additional Mono Lake related webpages including reports and studies database, reports and studies online, raw data, field no
Guide to Identification of Fresh Water Microorganisms
This seven-page guide can be used to identify freshwater microorganisms. Categories include microscopic autotrophic organisms (i.e. algae), heterotrophic protozoa, other freshwater plankton (Animalia, Monera, etc), and arthropods. The guide is in the form of a table, with columns for name, picture, characteristic, and taxonomy.
Perimeter of a triangle
A web page and interactive applet show how to compute the perimeter of a triangle. A triangle is shown that can be resized by dragging its vertices. As you drag, the perimeter is continuously recalculated. Text on the page explains that the perimeter is the sum of the sides. For those who prefer it, in a formula that is given. Applet can be enlarged to full screen size for use with a classroom projector. This resource is a component of the Math Open Reference interactive geometry reference book
This site helps students discover materials science and the secrets of everyday stuff. Find out what happens when you heat silicon, iron, or carbon. Learn how materials science helps fight cancer, make buildings safer, improve equipment and the environment. Activities in the 60-page teachers guide challenge students to examine their material world in a different way -- through the eyes of materials scientists.
Where Do We Grow From Here?
This package of resources and lesson plans was developed to support social studies and science teachers in integrating these topics within the regular curriculum. Government, policy and planning, economics, geography, and a myriad of environmental issues are encompassed with the Smart Growth concept, and Smart Growth provides a rich source of topics for classroom investigations. Our goal is to facilitate the involvement of teachers and students in authentic government and environmental issues. T
This is a nonmathematical physics textbook, designed so that it can be used either for a semester-length course of the type popularized by Hewitt, or for a shorter course of 8 or 10 weeks. This book is essentially a rewritten version of Discover Physics. The rewrite is intended to do two things: (1) make the book less closely tied to a particular method of teaching, and (2) make it possible to use the book in shorter courses (such as Fullerton College's Physical Science 103A) with the omission o
Reacting to Literature
Students will do two activities relating to a book that they enjoyed. They will all review the book using BooksLog. Half of the students will then use Sketchy to illustrate a key action scene in the book. The other half of the students will use PicoMap to create a web describing three main characters in the book.
Students will read about two tropical ecosystems: the rain forest and the coral reef. The text, written by Mrs. Portera and created with Palm eBook Studio, will be read on Palm Reader. The students will complete a study guide as part of their reading experience. Students will create a Sketchy or PiCoMap as directed. Finally, students will take a test with the use of Quizzler.
Readings in the History of Aesthetics
Anyone with connection to the Internet has access to a vast number of philosophical documents via online etexts. Fortunately, quite a bit of the best work in philosophy is in the public domain, and a few of these readings provide a convenient access for almost anyone seeking information and help in the history of aesthetics. However, many of the historically significant writings in aesthetics are not presently available on the Internet, and this open source text helps somewhat to remedy that nee
A Matter of Access: NIAD
SPARK looks in on Mike Starosky and his fellow artists in the NIAD day program as they find new forms of expression, independence and dignity through this award winning program. This Educator Guide addresses the notion of "outsider art" and "art of the insane" amidst the larger question of artistic practice.
NASA's Rocket to the Moon
QUEST gets the details on NASA's plan to crash a rocket into the moon in an effort to locate evidence of water. This educator guide provides activities to assist teachers with the use of the video segment in their classrooms and provides suggestions for additional educator resources offered in the Bay Area related to the study of the moon.
Video Podcasting 101
Aerosols over Borneo from Earth Probe TOMS: February 1, 1998 to March 1, 1998
Aerosol concentrations over Borneo from February 1, 1998 to March 1, 1998 as measured by Earth Probe TOMS