In this interactive activity from NOVA Online, you can see the four primary types of earthquakes produced by volcanoes and the signals each produces on a seismometer.
Life's Little Essential: Liquid Water
Why is water necessary for life? Why is it the best and possibly only liquid to do the job? This illustrated essay from NOVA Online answers these questions, explaining why planetary scientists are on the lookout for water elsewhere in the solar system.
Ku Klux Klan Flyers
This flyer advertises a 1963 white supremacist Ku Klux Klan meeting; from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
"It Didn't Pan Out as We Thought It Was Going To"Amos Owen on the Indian Reorganization Act
The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, which became known as the Indian New Deal, dramatically changed the federal government's Indian policy. Although John Collier, the commissioner of Indian affairs who was responsible for the new policy, may have viewed Indians with great sympathy, not all Native Americans viewed the Indian New Deal in equally positive terms. In this 1970 interview with historian Herbert T. Hoover, Amos Owen, Mdewakanton Sioux tribal chairman, gave a mixed verdict on the Indi
"His Act is Doublely Despicable": Albert Parsons Responds to His Condemnation by Terence V. Powderly
In the aftermath of the 1886 Haymarket bombing Knights of Labor leader Terence V. Powderly was desperate to distance his organization from the accused anarchists and maintain the order's respectability. The day after the bombing he stated that it was the duty of every organization of working men in America to condemn the outrage committed in Chicago in the name of labor. Though there were exceptions, most assemblies of the Knights followed Powderly's lead. Albert Parsons, a long-time member of t
Burned into Memory: An African American Recalls Mob Violence in Early 20th century Florida
The threat of lynching was a powerful mechanism for keeping black Southerners in line. Although this interview (conducted by historian Charles Hardy for a radio program) took place in 1985, "William Brown" (a pseudonym) could still vividly recall the smell of burning flesh that lingered after a 1902 lynching that he witnessed in Jacksonville, Florida, when he was five years old.
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
Phases of the Moon
This site contains a series of visualizations of the sun, moon and Earth System and how they relate to the changing face of the moon. Animations are in the form of Java applets, forms for field observation of the moon, and a collection of exercises and PDF versions of background material. There are practice questions and quizzes that discuss the animations.
Viewpoint on Causes of Global Warming - An Assignment Using Anonymous Electronic Peer Review With a
Studies exist that suggest human activities are not causing warming of the Earth. This electronic peer review assignment gives students the opportunity to write about their viewpoint on this highly-debated issue while providing anonymous commentary to a peer's report. This example is part of the Starting Point collection and includes information about learning goals, context, teaching notes and materials, and assessment. Further references and resources are also provided
The Nancy Creek Challenge
The Nancy Creek Challenge is part of the Starting Point module. The Case study requires students to examine fish kill in Nancy Creek and identify the environmental conditions that favor life in a fresh water ecosystem. Students will work in small groups to assess the situation. The group will be allowed to gather resources from various places in an effort to develop a possible solution for the situation. The page also contains information regarding learning goals, context for use, teaching notes
Exploration to Mars... or Not? An Exercise with Split-Screen Electronic Peer Review
Split-screen technology is utilized for an electronic peer review assignment that has students justify whether humans should continue their investigations of the Red Planet or not. This Starting Point page builds a context for the activity by describing the learning goals, teaching notes and materials, and recommending assessment methods. References and resource links are included.
Jay's Caboose and Museum, Greensboro, Alabama
This image is a black and white photograph of Jay's Caboose and Museum in Greensboro, Ala. Typewritten message (on back): "April 28, 1957. Dear Doctor: It was good to see you yesterday, and to talk to you. It was a grand meeting, and I particularly enjoyed it, because I ran into friends I had not seen in thirty years. I surely will appreciate a copy from the paper that you mentioned, which was written by Mrs. Moore, who was formerly from Marion. Any items of this nature that you might send to me
Music of Joan Tower, The
Documentary containing interview footage with the composer Joan Tower, and narrated overview of her life and music. Includes performances of her music recorded for this program.Tower compositions are performed for this piece. They include: "Snow Dreams,' with Sharon Isbin on guitar and Carol Wincenc on flute 'Petroushskates,' (Da Capo Chamber Players)'Soundings' was a music documentary program affiliated with the Workshop and produced by Bernice 'Bunny' Olenick.
'A short, snappy fantasy of unexpected interactions among very unlikely characters, including a trio of flying businessmen. The surreal narration playfully kidnaps our imagination, taking us beyond the everyday world.' In this work written, produced, and directed by Dennis Day, trios of flying businessmen, cowgirls, and women who appear to have walked off the surface of a billboard roam city streets and suburban sprawl. Additional characters make appearances in this brightly-colored landscape,
'The Dogs' is set on a bright, summer day at a seemingly benign seashore inhabited by a nervous, beer-drinking protagonist and a dark, panting dog. This is a narrative that has no dialogue but is structured in movement of the man, of the dog (who is both harmless and menacing by turns), as well as all the camera work moving to the right in a clockwise direction that captures images in vivid color, creating an unsettling spin. A psychological study of shifts in memory and the perception of realit
Weather and Climate
This site features visual resources and supporting data that illustrate the relationship between weather and climate. Resources are divided by topic including climate resources, weather forecasting, warnings and data, and evidence for global warming. Visualizations and data sets include GIS-based animated maps, static maps, simple animations, and links to real-time stream gauge data. This site provides an array of visual resources that help demonstrate the difference between weather and climate
Waterfall Formation and Nick Point Migration
This site provides a variety of visual resources about waterfalls. Flash animations show how waterfalls, plunge pools and gorges are created by the erosion of underlying rock by flowing water. A QuickTime movie gives examples of large-scale waterfalls from around the world, and an interactive diagram illustrates how falling water is used to generate hydroelectric power. These resources are suitable for integration into lectures, labs, or other activities.
This site provides visual resources and supporting material about the study of sequence stratigraphy. Resources accessible from this site include informational text, images, animations and short videos which can be integrated into lectures, labs or other activities.
Weather Front Animations
This site features GIF and Flash animations that illustrate wave cyclone formation and the formation and characteristics of warm, cold, stationary, and occluded fronts. The animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.
Two American Entrepreneurs: Madam C.J. Walker and J.C. Penney
This site features the life stories of two business people who lived the American Dream and who helped make that dream a reality for others in their communities. It tells how Walker, an African American woman, and Penney, a former tuberculosis patient, built from scratch their multi-million and billion dollar businesses.